Our Lord’s Revelations And Prophecies To St. Bridget (Birgitta) Of Sweden

Our Lord’s Revelations And Prophecies To St. Bridget (Birgitta) Of Sweden


The  teaching  of  Christ  to  his  bride  about  how  she  should  live,  and  also  about  how  the devil  admits  to  Christ  that  the  bride  loves  Christ  above  all  things,  and  about  how  the devil  asks  Christ  why  he  loves  her  so  much,  and  about  the  love  that  Christ  has  for  the bride.

34th Revelation 

“I  am  the  Creator  of  the  heavens  and  the  earth.  I  was  true  God  and  true  man  in the  Virgin’s  womb  and  I  rose  from  the  dead  and  ascended  into  heaven.  You,  my  new bride,  have  come  to  an  unknown  place.  Therefore,  you  must  do  four  things:  First, you  must  know  the  language  of  the  place.  Second,  you  must  have  proper  clothes. Third,  you  must  know  how  to  organize  your  days  and  your  time  according  to  the custom  of  the  place.  Fourth,  you  must  become  accustomed  to  the  new  food. So,  since  you  have  come  from  the  instability  of  the  world  to  stability,  you  must learn  a  new  language,  that  is,  the  abstinence  from  useless  and  vain  words  and sometimes  even  from  permissible  ones  in  order  to  observe  the  importance  and virtue  of  silence.  Second,  your  clothes  should  be  humble  both  in  the  interior  and exterior  so  that  you  do  not  extol  yourself  inwardly  as  being  holier  than  others  nor are  outwardly  ashamed  to  be  seen  as  humble  before  people.  Third,  your  time  should be  ordered  in  such  a  way  that,  just  as  you  before  used  to  have  much  time  for  the needs  of  the  body,  so  now  you  should  only  have  time  for  the  soul,  that  is,  to  never again  want  to  sin  against  me.  Fourth,  your  new  food  is  abstinence  from  gluttony  and from  delicacies  with  all  prudence,  as  far  as  your  human  nature  can  endure  it.  The abstinence  that  goes  beyond  the  capacity  of  human  nature  is  not  pleasing  to  me,  for I  demand the rational  and  the  taming  of  lusts. 

Then  the  devil  appeared  in  the same  moment.  Our  Lord  said  to him:  

“You  were created  by  me  and  have  seen  all  justice  in  me.  Answer  me  now  whether  this  new bride  of  mine  is  lawfully  mine  by  proven  justice.  For  I  allow  you  to  see  and understand  her  heart  so  that  you  may  know  how  to  answer  me.  Does  she  love anything  else  as  much  as  me  or would she  take  anything in  exchange  for  me?” 

The  devil  answered:  

“She  loves  nothing  as  much  as  you,  and  rather  than  losing you,  she  would  suffer  any  torment,  if  only  you  gave  her  the  virtue  of  patience.  I  see like  a  bond  of  fire  descending  from  you  to  her  and  it  ties  her  heart  so  much  that  she thinks  of  and  loves  nothing  but  you.”  

Then  our  Lord  said  to  the  devil: 

“Tell  me  how she  pleases  your  heart  or  how  you  like  this  great  love  I  have  for  her.”  

The  devil  said: 

“I  have  two  eyes;  one  is  corporeal,  although  I  am  not  corporeal,  and  with  this  eye  I perceive  temporal  things  so  clearly  that  there  is  nothing  so  secret  or  dark  that  it could  hide  itself  from  me.  

The  second  eye  is  spiritual,  and  I  see  so  clearly  with  it  that there  is  no  pain  so  small  that  I  cannot  see  and  understand  to  which  sin  it  belongs. And there  is  no  sin  so  small  or  slight  that  I  do  not  see  it,  unless  it  has  been  purged  by repentance  and  penance.  But,  although  there  are  no  body  parts  more  sensitive  and vulnerable  than  the  eyes,  I  would  still  much  rather  desire  that  two  burning  torches without  end  penetrated  my  eyes  than  for  her  to  see  with  the  eyes  of  the  spirit. I  also  have  two  ears.  One  is  corporeal,  and  no  one  can  speak  so  secretly  and silently  that  I  do  not  immediately  hear  and  know  it  through  this  ear.  The  second  ear is  spiritual,  and  no  one  can  have  such  a  secret  thought  or  desire  for  any  sin,  that  I  do not  hear  it  through  this  ear,  unless  it  has  been  washed  away  by  penance.  And  I would  gladly  prefer  that  the  suffering  of  hell,  surging  forward  like  a  stream  and spreading  the  most  terrible  hot  fire  without  end  flowed  through  my  ears  than  that she  should  hear  anything  with  the  ears  of  the  spirit.  I  also  have  a  spiritual  heart,  and I  would  gladly  let  it  be  ceaselessly  cut  to  pieces  and  constantly  renewed  to  the  same suffering  in  order  for  her  heart  to  grow  cold  in  your  service  and  love. But,  since  you  are  righteous,  I  now  have  a  question  for  you  that  you  may answer.  

Tell  me,  why  do  you  love  her  so much?  Why  did  you  not  choose someone holier,  richer  and prettier for  yourself?”  

Our  Lord answered:  

“Because  justice demanded  this.  You  were  created  by  me  and  have  seen  all  justice  in  me.  Tell  me, while  she  is  listening,  why  it  was  justice  that  you  should  have  such  a  bad  fall  and what  you were thinking  when  you fell!” 

The  devil  answered:  

“I  saw  three  things  in  you.  I  saw  your  glory  and  honor being  above  all  things,  and  I  thought  about  my  own  glory.  For  this  reason  I  became proud  and  decided  to  not  merely  become  your  equal,  but  to  be  even  higher  than  you. 

Second,  I  saw  that  you  were mightier  than  all  others,  and therefore  I  desired  to  be more mighty  than  you.  

Third,  I  saw  what  would  happen  in  the  future,  and  since  your glory  and  honor  are  without  beginning  and  would  be  without  end,  I  envied  you  and thought  that  I  would  gladly  be  tortured  forever  by  the  most  bitter  punishment  if, thereby,  you  would  die.  And  with  such  thoughts  and  desires  I  fell,  and  immediately hell  was  created.” 

Our  Lord  answered:  

“You  asked  me  why  I  love  my  bride  so  much.  Assuredly,  it is  because  I  change  all  your  malice  into  good.  For  since  you  became  proud  and  did not  want  to  have  me,  your  Creator,  as  your  equal,  therefore,  humiliating  myself  in  all things,  I  gather  sinners  to  myself  and  make  myself  their  equal  by  giving  them  my glory. 

 Second,  since  you  had  such  an  evil  desire  that  you  wanted  to  be  more  mighty than  I,  therefore  I  make  sinners  more  mighty  than  you  and  partakers  in  my  power. 

Third,  because  of  your  envy  against  me,  I  am  so  full  of  love  that  I  offered  myself  up and  sacrificed  myself  for  the  sake  of  everyone  through  my  death.” 

 Thereafter,  our Lord  said:  

“Now,  devil,  your  dark  heart  is  enlightened.  Tell  me,  while  she  is  listening, what  love  I  have  for  her.” 

The  devil  answered:  

“If  it  were  possible,  you  would  gladly  suffer  the  same  pain in  each  and  every  limb  just  as  you  once  suffered  on  the  cross  in  all  your  limbs, before  losing  her.”  

Then  our  Lord  answered:  

“Since  I  am  so  merciful  that  I  do  not refuse  my  mercy  and  forgiveness  to  anyone  asking  for  it,  ask  me  then  humbly  for mercy  yourself,  and  I  will  give  it  to  you.”  

The  devil  answered:  

“Never  shall  I  do  this. For  when  I  fell,  a  punishment  was  established  for  every  sin  and  for  every  worthless word  and  thought.  And  every  spirit  or  devil  that  fell  will  have  his  punishment.  And before  I  would  bend  my  knee  before  you,  I  would  rather  swallow  all  the punishments  in  me,  as  long  as  my  mouth  could be opened and closed in  punishment, so  that  my punishment  would be forever  renewed.”

 Then  our Lord said to  his  bride:  

“See  how  hardened the  lord  of  the  world  is  and how  mighty  he  is  against  me  because  of  my  hidden  justice.  I  could  indeed  destroy him  in  a  moment  through  my  power,  but  I  do  no  more  injustice  to  him  than  to  a good  angel  in  the  kingdom  of  Heaven.  But  when  his  time  comes,  and  it  is  now approaching,  I  shall  judge  him  with  his  followers.  Therefore,  my  bride,  may  you always  persevere  in  good  deeds.  Love  me  with  all  your  heart.  Fear  nothing  but  me.  I am namely the Lord over the devil  and over all  things  created.”
The  Virgin  Mary’s  words  to  the bride  about  her  own  sorrow  at the suffering  of  Christ, and  about  how the  world was sold through  Adam and Eve  and bought  back  as with one heart through Christ and his Virgin Mother. 

35th Revelation

Mary,  the  Mother  of  God  spoke to the  bride  of  Christ  and  said:  

“My  daughter, consider  the  suffering  of  my  Son,  for  his  limbs  were  like  my  own  limbs  and  his  heart like  my  own  heart.  For  just  as  other  children  use  to  be  carried  in  the  womb  of  their mother,  so  was  he  in  me.  But  he  was  conceived  through  the  burning  charity  of  God’s love.  Others,  however  are  conceived  through  the  lust  of  the  flesh.  Thus,  John  the evangelist,  his  cousin,  rightly  says:  ‘The  Word  was  made  flesh.’  He  came  through love  and  was  in  me.  The  Word  and  love  created  him  in  me.  He  was  truly  for  me  like my  own heart.  For  when  I  gave  birth  to  him,  I  felt  as  though  half  my  heart  was  born and  went  out  of  me.  And  when  he  endured  suffering,  it  felt  like  my  own  heart  was suffering.  Just  as  when  something  is  half  inside  and  half  outside  –  the  half  outside feels  pain  and  suffering,  but  the  inside  also  feels  a  similar  pain  –  so  it  was  for  me when  my  Son  was  scourged  and  wounded;  it  was  as  if  my  own  heart  was  scourged and  wounded. I  was  also  the  one  closest  to  him  at  his  suffering  and  I  was  never  separated from  him.  I  stood  very  near  his  cross,  and  just  like  that  which  is  closest  to  the  heart stings  the  worst,  so  his  pain  was  heavier  and  worse  for  me  than  for  others.  When  he looked  at  me  from  the  cross  and  I  saw  him,  then  tears  flowed  from  my  eyes  like blood  from  veins.  And  when  he  saw  me  so  stricken  with  pain  and  overwhelming sorrow,  he  felt  such  a  sorrow  over  my  pain  that  all  the  pain  of  his  own  wounds became  as  subsided  and  dead  for  the  sake  of  the  pain  he  saw  in  me.  I  can  therefore boldly  say  that  his  pain  was  my  pain  since  his  heart  was  my  heart.  For  just  as  Adam and  Eve  sold  the  world  for  an  apple,  so  my  Son  and  I  bought  back  the  world  as  with one  heart. 

 Consider  therefore,  my  daughter,  how  I  was  at  the  death  of  my  Son,  and  it will  not  be  hard  for  you  to  give  up  the  world  and her  cares.” 

Our  Lord’s  answer  to  an  angel who  was  praying  that  sorrow  in body  and  soul  should be  given  to the  bride,  and  about  how  even greater  sorrow  should  be  given  to more perfect souls.   

36th Revelation

 An  angel  was  praying  for  his  Lord’s  bride  and  our  Lord  answered  him:  

“You are  like  a  knight  of  the  Lord  who  never  took  off  his  helmet  for  the  sake  of  sloth  and who  never  turned  his  eyes  away  from  the  battle  for  the  sake  of  fear.  You  are steadfast  as  a  mountain  and  burning  like  a  flame.  You  are  so  pure  that  there  is  no stain  in  you.  You  beg  me  to  have  mercy  on  my  bride.  You  know  and  see  all  things  in me.  Nevertheless,  while  she  is  listening,  tell  me  what  kind  of  mercy  you  are  asking for  her;  for  mercy  is  namely  threefold. 

One  is  the  mercy  by  which  the  body  is  punished  and  tortured  and  the  soul  is spared,  as  it  happened  with  my  servant  Job  whose  flesh  had  to  suffer  all  kinds  of pain  and  torment  but  whose  soul  was  protected.  

The  second  mercy  is  the  one  by which  soul  and  body  are  spared  from  torment,  as  it  was  in  the  case  of  the  king  who lived  in  all  sorts  of  lust  and  worldly  pleasure  and  had  no  pain  either  in  body  or  soul while  he  lived  in  the  world.  

The  third  mercy  is  the  one  by  which  soul  and  body  are punished,  so  that  they  have  distress  in  their  flesh  and  sorrow  in  their  heart,  as  it happened  with  Peter  and  Paul  and other  saints. 

For  there  are  three  states  for humans  in  the  world:  

The  first  state  is  that  of those  who  fall  into  sin  and  get  up  again;  these  do  I  sometimes  allow  to  suffer  in  their bodies  so  that  they  may  be  saved.  

The  second  state  is  that  of  those  who  would  gladly live  forever  to  be  able  to  sin  forever  and  who  have  all  of  their  will  and  thought directed  to  the  world,  and  if  they  do  anything  for  me  at  any  time,  they  do  it  with  the intention  of  their  worldly  possessions  growing  and  prospering.  Neither  punishment of  the  body  nor  very  much pain  of the  heart  is  given  to  these  people,  but  instead  they are  allowed  to  follow  their  own  power  and  will,  because  they  will  receive  a  reward here  for  the  least  little  good  they  have  done  for  me  to  then  be  tormented  for  all eternity.  For  since  their  will  to  sin  is  everlasting,  their  torment  shall  also  be everlasting. 

 The  third  state  is  that  of  those  who  are  more  afraid  of  sinning  against me  and  offending  me  than  they  fear  any  torment.  They  would  rather  endure  to  be tortured  with  unbearable  pain  in  eternity  than  consciously  provoke  me  to  wrath. Sorrow  of  body  and  heart  are  given  to  these  men,  as  with  Peter  and  Paul  and  other saints,  so  that  they  may  amend  for  all  their  sins  in  this  world,  or  so  that  they  may  be chastised  for  a  time  for  the  sake  of  their  greater  glory  and  as  an  example  to  others.  I have  shown  this  threefold  mercy  to  three  persons  in  this  kingdom  whose  names  are well  known  to  you. But  now,  my angel  and  servant,  tell  me,  for  what  kind  of  mercy  do  you  pray  for my bride?”  

He  answered:  

“I  pray  for  the  mercy  of  her  soul  and  body,  so  that  she  may amend  for  all  her  sins  in  this  world  and  so  that  none  of  her  sins  may  come  before your  judgment.”  

Our  Lord  answered:  

“May  it  be  done  according  to  your  will.”  

Then he  said  to  the  bride:  

“You  are  mine  and  I  will  do  with  you  as  I  please.  Love  nothing  as much  as  me.  Purify  yourself  constantly  from  sin  every  hour  according  to  the  advice of  those  I  have  entrusted  you  to.  Hide  no  sin!  Leave  nothing  unexamined!  Do  not consider  any  sin  to  be  light  or  worthy  of  disregard!  For  anything  you  forget,  I  will remind  you  of  and  judge.  None  of  the  sins  you  have  done  will  come  before  my judgment  if  they  are  punished  and  expiated  through  your  penance  while  you  live. But  those  sins  for  which  you  made  no  penance  will  be  purged  either  in  purgatory  or by  some  secret  judgment  of  mine,  unless  you  make  a  full  satisfaction  and amendment for them here in  the  world.”

…to be continued

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