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

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

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​Words  of  amazement  from  the Mother  of God to  the  bride,  and about five  houses  in  the world whose inhabitants  represent  five states  of people,  namely unfaithful  Christians, obstinate Jews  and  pagans separately, Jews and  Pagans  together,  and  the friends  of God. This chapter contains many useful remarks. 




Chapter  3

 

Mary  said:  

“It  is  a  terrible  thing  that  the  Lord  of  all  things  and  the  King  of  glory is  despised.  He  was  like  a  pilgrim  on  earth,  wandering  from  place  to  place,  knocking on  many  doors,  like  a  wayfarer  seeking  welcome.  The  world  was  like  an  estate  that had  five  houses.  When  my  Son  came  dressed  as  a  pilgrim  to  the  first  house,  he knocked  on  the  door  and  said:  

‘Friend,  open  up  and  let  me  enter  to  rest  and  stay with  you,  so  that  the  wild  animals  do  not  harm  me,  so  that  storm-showers  and  rain  may  not  fall  upon  me!  Give  me  some  of  your  clothes  to  warm  me  from  the  cold,  to cover  me  in  my  nakedness!  Give  me  some  of  your  food  to  refresh  me  in  my  hunger  and  something  to  drink  to  revive  me.  You  will  receive  a  reward  from  your  God!’ 

The  person  inside  answered:  

‘You  are  far  too  impatient,  so  you  are  unable  to live  with  us  peaceably.  You  are  far  too  tall.  For  that  reason  we  are  unable  to  clothe you.  You  are  far  too  greedy  and  gluttonous,  so  we  are  unable  to  satisfy  you,  for  there is  no  end  to  your  greedy  appetite.’ 

 Christ  the  pilgrim  responded  from  outside: 

‘Friend,  let  me  in  cheerfully  and  voluntarily.  I  do  not  need  much  room.  Give  me  some of  your  clothes,  since  there  are  no  clothes  in  your  house  so  small  that  they  will  not be  able  to  offer  me  at  least  some  warmth!  Give  me  some  of  your  food,  since  even  a tiny  morsel  can  satisfy  me  and  a  mere  drop  of  water  will  refresh  and  strengthen  me.’ 

The  person  inside  replied:  

‘We  know  you  well  enough. You  are  humble  in  speech  but  importunate  in  your  requests.  You  seem  easily  contented  but  are  in  fact  insatiable  when  it  comes  to  having  your  fill.  You  are  far  too cold  and  hard  to  clothe.  Go  away,  I  will  not  take  you  in!’  

Then  he  came  to  the  second house  and  said:  

‘Friend,  open  up  and  look  at  me!  I  will  give  you  what  you  need.  I  will defend  you  from  your  enemies.’  

The  person  inside  answered:  

‘My  eyes  are  weak.  It would  hurt  them  to  look  at  you.  I  have  plenty  of  everything  and  I  have  no  need  of anything  of  yours.  I  am  strong  and  powerful.  Who  can  harm  me?’  

Coming,  then,  to the  third  house, he  said:  

‘Friend,  lend  me  your  ears  and  hear  me!  Stretch  forth  your  hands  and  take  hold  of  me!  Open  your mouth  and taste  me!’ 

The  inhabitant  of  the  house answered: 

 ‘Shout  louder  so  I  can  hear  you  better! If  you  are  nice,  I  will  draw  you  to  myself.  If  you  are  pleasant,  I  will  you  let  in.’  

 Then he  went  to  the  fourth  house  whose  door  was  about  half-open. He  said:  

‘Friend,  if  you were  to  consider    that  your  time  has  been  uselessly  spent,  you  would  take  me  in.  If you  were  to  understand  and  to  listen  to  what  I  have  done  for  you,  you  would  have  compassion  on  me.  If  you  paid  heed  to  how  much  you  have  offended  me,  you  would sigh  and  beg  for  forgiveness.’  

The  man  answered: 

 ‘We  are  nearly  dead  from  waiting  and  longing  for  you.  Have  compassion  on  our  wretchedness  and  we  will  be  most ready  to  give  ourselves  to  you.  Behold  our  misery  and  look  on  the  anguish  of  our  body,  and  we  will  be  ready  for  your  every  wish.’  

Then  he  came  to  the  fifth  house, which  was  completely  open.  

He  said:  

‘Friend,  I  would  gladly  enter  here,  but  know that  I  seek  a  softer  resting-place  than  that  provided  by  a  feather-bed,  a  greater warmth  than  can be had  from wool,  a fresher  food than  fresh  animal  meat  can  offer.’ 

Those  who  were  inside  answered: 

 ‘We  have  hammers  lying  here  at  our  feet. We  will  gladly  use  them  to  shatter  our  feet  and  legs,  and  we  will  give  you  the marrow  flowing  from  them  to  be  your  resting-place.  We  will  gladly  open  up  our inmost  parts  and  entrails  for  you.  Come  right  in!  There  is  nothing  softer  than  our marrow  for  you  to  rest  upon,  and  nothing  better  than  our  inmost  parts  to  warm  you. Our  heart  is  fresher  than  the  fresh  meat  of  animals.  We  shall  be  happy  to  cut  it  up  for your  food.  Just  come  in!  For  you  are  sweet  to  taste  and  wonderful  to  enjoy!’ 

 The inhabitants  of  these  five  houses  represent  five  different  states  of  people  in  the world. 

 The  first  are  the  unfaithful  Christians  who  call  my  Son’s  sentences  unjust,  his promises  false,  and  his  commandments  unbearable.  These  are  the  ones  who  in  their  thoughts  and  in  their  minds  and  in  their blasphemy  say  to  my  Son’s  preachers: 

 ‘Almighty  he  may  well  be,  but  he  is  far  away and  cannot  be  reached.  He  is  high  and  wide  and  cannot  be  clothed.  He  is  insatiable and  cannot  be  fed.  He  is  most  impatient  and  there  is  no  getting  along  with  him.’ 

 They  say  he  is  far  away  because  they  are  weak  in  good  deeds  and  charity  and  do  not try  to  rise  up  to  his  goodness.  They  say  he  is  wide,  because  their  own  greediness knows  no  limit:  they  are  always  pretending  they  lack  or  need  something  and  are  always  imagining  problems  before  they  come.  They  also  charge  him  with  being insatiable,  because  heaven  and  earth  are  not  enough  for  him,  but  he  demands  even  greater  gifts  from  mankind. They  think  it  foolish  to  give  up  everything  for  the  sake  of  their  soul  in accordance  with  the  precept,  and  harmful  to  give  the  body  less.  

 They  say  he  is impatient,  because  he  hates  vice  and  sends  them  things  against  their  will.  They  think  nothing  is  fine  and  useful  except  that  which  the  pleasure  of  the  body  suggests  to them.  Of  course,  my  Son  is  indeed  almighty  in  heaven  and  on  earth,  the  Creator  of  all things  and  created  by  none,  existing  prior  to  everything,  after  whom  no  one  is  to come.  He  is  indeed  farthest  away  and  widest  and  highest,  within  and  without  and above  all  things. Yet  although  he  is  so  powerful,  still  in  his  love  he  wants  to  be  clothed  with human  help  –  he  who  has  no  need  of  clothing,  who  clothes  all  things  and  is  himself clothed  eternally  and  unchangeably  in  perpetual  honor  and  glory.  He,  who  is  the bread  of  angels  and  of  men,  who  feeds  all  things  and  himself  needs  nothing,  wants  to be  fed  with  human  love.  He  who  is  the  restorer  and  author  of  peace  asks  for  peace  from  men.  Therefore,  whoever  wants  to  welcome  him  in  a  cheerful  mind  can  satisfy  him  with  even  a  morsel  of  bread,  so  long  as  his  intention  is  good.  He  can  clothe  him with  a  single  thread,  so  long  as  his  love  is  burning.  A  single  drop  can  still  his  thirst, provided  a  person  has  the  right  dispositions. So  long  as  a  person’s  devotion  is  fervent  and  steadfast,  he  is  capable  of welcoming  my  Son  into  his  heart  and  speaking  with  him.  God  is  spirit  and,  for  that  reason,  he  has  willed  to  transform  creatures  of  flesh  into  spiritual  beings  and ephemeral  beings  into  eternal  ones.  He  thinks  that  whatever  happens  to  the members  of  his  body  also  happens  to  himself.  He  takes  into  account  not  only  a  person’s  work  or  abilities,  but  also  the  fervor  of  his  will  and  the  intention  with which  a  work  is  carried  out.  In  truth,  the  more  my  Son  cries  out  to  these  people  through  hidden  inspirations,  and  the  more  he  admonishes  them  through  his preachers,  the  more  they  harden  their  will  against  him. They  do  not  listen  or  open  the  door  of  their  will  to  him  or  let  him  in  by  means of  charitable  acts.  Therefore,  when  their  time  comes,  the  falsehood  they  rely  on  will be  annihilated,  truth  will  be  exalted,  and  the  glory  of  God  made  manifest.  

 The  second ones  are  obstinate  Jews.  These  people  seem  to  themselves  to  be  reasonable  in  every way  and  they  regard  wisdom  as  being  legal  justice.  They  assert  their  own  deeds  and  hold  them  to  be  more  honorable  than  the  works  of  others.  If  they  hear  of  the  things my  Son  has  done,  they  hold  them  in  contempt.  If  they  hear  his  words  and commandments,  they  react  with  scorn. Worse  still,  they  would  regard  themselves  as  sinful  and  unclean  if  they  were  but  to  hear  and  reflect  on  anything  having  to  do  with  my  Son  and  as  even  more wretched  and  miserable  if  they  were  to  imitate  his  works.  But  while  the  winds  of  worldly  fortune  still  blow  upon  them,  they  think  themselves  most  lucky.  So  long  as their  physical  forces  are  sound,  they  believe  themselves  to  be  most  strong.  For  that reason,  their  hopes  will  come  to  nothing  and  their  honor  will  turn  into  shame. 

 The  third  ones  are  the  pagans.  Some  of  them  cry  out  in  mockery  each  day: 

‘Who  is  this  Christ?  If  he  is  gracious  in  giving  present  goods,  we  shall  gladly  receive him.  If  he  is  gentle  in  condoning  sins,  we  shall  even  more  gladly  honor  him.’  

 But these  people  have  closed  the  eyes  of  their  mind  so  as  not  to  perceive  the  justice  and mercy  of  God.  They  stop  up  their  ears  and  do  not  hear  what  my  Son  has  done  for them  and  for  everyone.  They  shut  their  mouths  and  do  not  inquire  what  their  future will  be  like  or  what  is  to  their  advantage.  They  fold  their  arms  and  refuse  to  make  an effort  to  search  out  the  way  in  which  they  might  escape  lies  and  find  the  truth.  Therefore,  since  they  do  not  want  to  understand  or  take  precautions,  although  they can  and  have  the  time  to  do  so,  they  and  their  house  will  fall  and  be  enveloped  by the  tempest. 

The  fourth  ones  are  those  Jews  and  pagans  who  would  like  to  be  Christians,  if they  only  knew  how  and  in  what  way  to please  my Son  and if only they had a  helper. They  hear  from  people  in  neighboring  regions  everyday,  and  also  know  from  the appeals  of  love  within  themselves,  as  well  as  from  other  signs,  how  much  my  Son has  done  and  suffered  for  everyone.  This  is  why  they  cry  out  to  him  in  their  conscience  and  say: 

‘O  Lord,  we  have  heard  that  you  promised  to  give  yourself  to  us.  So  we  are waiting  for  you.  Come  and  fulfill  your  promise!  We  see  and  understand  that  there  is no  divine  power  in  those  who  are  worshipped  as  gods,  no  love  of  souls,  no  appreciation  of  chastity.  We  only  find  in  them  carnal  motives,  a  love  for  the  honors of  the  present  world.  We  know  about  the  Law  and  hear  about  the  great  works  you have  performed  in  mercy  and  justice,  We  hear  from  the  sayings  of  your  prophets that  they  were  awaiting  you  whom  they  had  foretold.  So  come,  kind  Lord!  We  would like  to  give  ourselves  to  you,  because  we  understand  that  in  you  there  is  love  for souls,  the  right  use  of  all  things,  perfect  purity,  and  life  everlasting.  Come  without delay  and  enlighten  us,  for  we  are  nearly  dead  from  waiting  for  you!’  

 That  is  how they  cry  out  to  my  Son.  This  explains  why  their  door  is  half-open,  because  their intention  is  complete  with  respect  to  the  good,  but  they  have  not  yet  attained  its  fulfillment.  These  are  people  who  deserve  to  have  the  grace  and  consolation  of  my Son. 

 In  the  fifth  house  are  the  friends  of  my  Son  and  me.  The  door  of  their  mind  is completely  open  for  my  Son.  They  are  glad  to  hear  him  calling.  They  not  only  open when  he  knocks  but  joyfully  run  to  meet  him  as  he  comes  in. 

 With  the  hammers  of the  divine  precepts  they  shatter  anything  they  find  distorted  in  themselves.  They  prepare  a  resting-place  for  my  Son,  not  out  of  the  feathers  of  birds  but  out  of  the harmony  of  the  virtues  and  the  curbing  of  evil  affections,  which  is  the  very  marrow of  all  the  virtues.  They  offer  my  Son  a  kind  of  warmth  that  does  not  come  from  wool but  from  a  love  so  fervent  that  they  not  only  give  their  belongings  to  him  but  their very  selves  as  well.  

They  also  prepare  food  for  him  that  is  fresher  than  any  meat:  it  is their  perfect  heart  that  does  not  desire  or  love  anything  but  its  God. The  Lord  of  Heaven  dwells  in  their  hearts,  and  God  who  nourishes  all  things  is  sweetly  nourished  by  their  charity.  They  keep  their  eyes  continually  on  the  door  lest the  enemy  enter,  they  keep  their  ears  turned  toward  the  Lord,  and  their  hands  ready for  doing  battle  against  the  enemy.  

 Imitate  them,  my  daughter,  as  far  as  you  are  able, because  their  foundation  is  built  on  solid  rock  The  other  houses  have  their foundations  in  mud,  which  is  why  they  will  be  shaken  when  the  wind comes.” 


 The  words  of  the  Mother  of  God to  her  Son  on  behalf  of  his  bride, and  about  how  Christ is compared to  Solomon, and about the severe  sentence against false Christians. 




Chapter  4 




The  Mother  of  God  spoke  to  her Son,  saying:  

“My  Son,  look  how  your  bride  is  crying  because  you  have  few  friends  and  many  enemies.”  

The  Son  answered:  

“It  is written  that  the  sons  of  the  kingdom  will  be  cast  out  and  will  not  inherit  the kingdom.  It  is  likewise  written  that  a  certain  queen  came  from  far  away  to  see  the riches  of  Solomon  and  to  hear  his  wisdom.  When  she  saw  it  all,  she  was  breathless from  sheer  amazement.  The  people  of  his  kingdom,  however,  paid  no  attention  to his  wisdom  nor  admired  his  riches.  

 I am  prefigured  by  Solomon,  although  I  am  far richer  and  wiser  than  Solomon  was,  inasmuch  as  all  wisdom  comes  from  me  and anyone  who  is  wise  gets  his  wisdom  from  me.  My  riches  are  eternal  life  and  indescribable  glory.  I  promised  and  offered  these  goods  to  Christians  as  to  my  own children,  in  order  that  they  might  possess  them  forever,  if  they  imitated  me  and believed  in  my  words.  But  they  pay  no  attention  to  my  wisdom. They  hold  my  deeds  and  my  promises  in  scorn  and  regard  my  riches  as worthless.  What  shall  I  do  with  them  then? 

 Surely,  if  the  sons  do  not  want  their inheritance,  then  strangers,  that  is,  pagans  will  receive  it.  Like  that  foreign  queen, whom I take  to  represent  faithful  souls,  they  will  come  and  admire  the  wealth  of  my  glory  and  charity,  so  much  so  that  they  will  fall  away  from  their  spirit  of  infidelity and  be  filled  with  my  Spirit.  What,  then,  shall  I  do  with  the  sons  of  the  kingdom?  I will  deal  with  them  in  the  manner  of  a  skillful  potter  who,  when  he  observes  that  the first  object  he  has  made  out  of  clay  is  neither  beautiful  nor  useable,  throws  it  to    the earth  and  crushes  it.  I  will  deal  with  Christians  in  the  same  way.  Although  they  ought to  be  mine,  since  I  formed  them  in  my  image  and  redeemed  them  with  my  blood,  they  have  turned  out  to  be  pitiably  deformed.  Therefore,  they  will  be  trampled  down like  earth  and  thrown  into  hell.” 

…to be continued.

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