"My enemies are like the most violent beasts that can never be filled or have rest. Their heart is so empty of My love that they never allow the thought of My suffering into it; and not once has a word like this been uttered by their inmost heart: 'O Lord, You have redeemed us, may You be praised for Your bitter suffering!' How could My Spirit remain with the people who have no divine love for Me, and who willingly betray others in order to satisfy their own will? Their heart is full of vile worms, that is, full of worldly desires. The devil has left his filth in their mouths, and that is why My words do not please them.
Therefore, I will sever them from My friends with My saw, and just as there is no more bitter way to die than to be sawn asunder, so there will not be a punishment in which they will not partake. They will be sawn in two by the devil and separated from Me! They are so abhorrent to Me that all who cling to them and agree with them will also be severed from Me.
Therefore, I send out My friends in order that they might separate the devils from My members, for they are truly My enemies. I send My friends like knights to war. Anyone who mortifies and subdues his flesh and abstains from forbidden things is My true knight. For their lance, they will have the words that I spoke with My own mouth and, in their hands, the sword of the true faith. Their breasts will be covered with the armor of love, so that no matter what happens to them, they will love Me no less. They shall have the shield of patience at their side, so that they may suffer and endure all things patiently. I have enclosed them like gold in a vessel; they should now go forth and walk in My ways.
According to the ways of justice, I could not enter into the glory of majesty without suffering tribulation in My human nature, so then, how else will they enter into it? If their Lord endured pain and suffering, it is not surprising that they also suffer. If their Lord endured beatings and torture, it is not too much for them to endure words and contradictions. They should not fear, for I will never abandon them. Just as it is impossible for the devil to touch and divide the heart of God, so it is impossible for the devil to separate them from Me. And since they are like the purest gold in My sight, I will never abandon them, even though they are tested with a little fire, for the fire is given to them for their greater reward and happiness.
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Revelations and Prophesies Imparted to St. Bridget of Sweden - Book One: Chapter Two