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

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

 …continued

​The  Lord’s  words  in  the  presence  of  the  bride  concerning  his  own  majesty,  and  a wonderful  parable  comparing  Christ  to  David,  while  Jews,  bad  Christians,  and  pagans  are  compared  to  David’s  three  sons,  and  about  how  the  church  subsists  in  the  seven sacraments. 



Chapter  5 
“I  am  God,  not  made  of  stone  or  wood  nor  created  by  another  but  the  Creator of  the  universe,  abiding  without  beginning  or  end.  I  am  he  who  came  into  the  Virgin and  was  with  the  Virgin  without  losing  my  divinity.  Through  my  human  nature  I  was  in  the  Virgin  while  still  retaining  my  divine  nature,  and  I  am  that  same  person  who, through  my  divine  nature,  continued  to  rule  over  heaven  and  earth  together  with the  Father  and  the  Holy  Spirit.  Through  my  Spirit  I  set  the  Virgin  on  fire  –  not  in  the  sense  that  the  Spirit  that  set  her  on  fire  was  something  separate  from  me,  but  the Spirit  that  set  her  on  fire  was  the  same  one  who  was  in  the  Father  and  in  me,  the Son,  just  as  the  Father  and  the  Son  were  in  him,  these  three  being  one  God,  not  three  gods. 
 I  am like  King  David  who  had  three  sons.  One  of  them  was  called  Absalom,  and he  sought  the  life  of  his  father.  The  second,  Adonijah,  sought  his  father’s  kingdom. The  third  son,  Solomon,  obtained  the  kingdom.  The  first  son  denotes  the  Jews.  They are  the  people  who  sought  my  life  and  death  and  scorned  my  counsel.  Consequently,  now  that  their  requital  is  known,  I  can  say  what  David  said  upon  the  death  of  his son:  

‘My  son,  Absalom!”  that  is: O  my  Jewish  children,  where  is  your  longing  and expectation  now?  O  my  children,  what  will  be  your  end  now?  I  felt  compassion  for  you  because  you  longed  for  me  to  come  –  for  me  whom you learned from  many signs had  come  –  and  because  you  longed  for  quickly  fading  glory,  all  of  which  now  has faded.  But  I  feel  greater  compassion  for  you  now,  like  David  repeating  those  first words  over  and over,  because  I  see  that  you  will  end  in  a  wretched  death. Therefore,  again  like  David,  I  say  with  all  my  love: 

 ‘My  son,  who  will  let  me  die in  your  stead?’ 

 David  knew  well  that  he  could  not  bring  back  his  dead  son  by  dying  himself,  but,  in  order  to  show  his  deep  fatherly  affection  and  the  eager  yearning  of his  will,  even  though  he  knew  it  was  impossible,  he  was  prepared  to  die  in  the  place  of  his  son. 

 In  the  same  way,  I  now  say:  O  my  Jewish  children,  although  you  had  ill will  toward  me  and  did  as  much  as  you  could  against  me,  if  it  were  possible  and  if my  Father  allowed  it,  I  would  willingly  die  once  again  for  you,  for  I  take  pity  on  the  misery  you  have  brought  upon  yourselves  as  required  by  justice.  I  told  you  what  was to  be  done  by  my  words  and  showed  you  by  my  example.  I  went  ahead  of  you  like  a hen  protecting  you  with  wings  of  love,  but  you  spurned  it  all.  Therefore,  all  the things  that  you  longed  for  have  fled  away.  Your  end  is  misery  and  all  your  labor  wasted.

 Bad  Christians  are  denoted  by  David’s  second  son  who  sinned  against  his father  in  his  old  age.  He  reasoned  with  himself  in  this  way: 

 ‘My  father  is  an  old  man and  failing  in  strength.  If  I  say  anything  wrong  to  him,  he  does  not  respond.  If  I  do anything  against  him,  he  does  not  avenge  himself.  If  I  assail  him,  he  endures  it patiently.  Therefore,  I  will  do  what  I  want.’ 

 With  some  of  his  father  David’s  servants, he  went  up  to  a  grove  of  few  trees  in  order  to  play  the  king.  But  when  the  wisdom and  intention  of  his  father  became  evident,  he  changed  his  plan  and  those  who  were with  him  fell  into  discredit.  This  is  what  Christians  are  doing  to  me  now.  They  think  to  themselves:  

‘God’s signs  and  decisions  are  not  as  manifest  now  as  they  were  before.  We  can  say  what we  like,  since  he  is  merciful  and  pays  no  attention.  Let  us  do  as  we  please,  since  he gives  way  easily.’ 

 They  have  no  faith  in  my  power,  as  if  I  were  weaker  now  in  accomplishing  my  will  than  I  was  before. They  imagine  my  love  to  be  less,  as  if  I  am  no  longer  as  willing  to  have  mercy on  them  as  on  their    fathers.  They  also  think  that  my  judgment  is  a  thing  to  be laughed  at  and  that  my  justice  is  meaningless.  Therefore,  they,  too,  go  up  to  a  grove with  some  of  David’s  servants  in  order  to  play  the  king  with  presumption.  What  does  this  grove  of  few  trees  denote,  if  not  the  Holy  Church  subsisting  through  the seven  sacraments  as  through  just  a  few  trees?  They  enter  into  this  church  along  with    of  David’s  servants,  that  is,  with  a  few  good  works,  in  order  to  gain  God’s kingdom  with  presumption.  They  do  a  modest  number  of  good  works,  confident  that  thereby,  no  matter what  state  of  sin  they  are  in  or  whatever  sins  they  have  committed,  they  can  still gain  the  kingdom  of  heaven  as  if  by  hereditary  right.  David’s  son  wanted  to  obtain the  kingdom  against  David’s  will  but  was  driven  away  in  disgrace,  inasmuch  as  both he  and  his  ambition  were  unjust,  and  the  kingdom  was  given  to  a  better  and  wiser man.  In  the  same way,  these  people  will  also  be  driven  away  from  my kingdom. It  will  be  given  to  those  who  do  the  will  of  David,  since  only  a  person  who  has  charity  can  obtain  my  kingdom.  Only  a  person  who  is  pure  and  is  led  by  my  heart can  approach  me  who am the most pure of all.

 Solomon  was  the  third  son  of  David.  He  represents  the  pagans.  When Bethsheba  heard  that  someone  other  than  Solomon  –  whom  David  had  promised would  be  king  after  him  –  had  been  elected  by  certain  persons,  she  went  to  David and  said: 

 ‘My  lord,  you  swore  to  me  that  Solomon  would  be  king  after  you.  Now, however,  someone  else  has  been  elected. If  this  is  the  case  and  it  goes  on  in  this  way,  I  will  end  up  being  sentenced  to  the fire  as  an  adulteress  and  my  son  will  be  regarded  as  illegitimate.’ 

 When  David  heard this,  he  stood  up  and  said: 

 ‘I  swear  to  God  that  Solomon  will  sit  on  my  throne  and  be king  after  me.’  

 He  then  ordered  his  servants  to  set  Solomon  on  the  throne  and  proclaim  as  king  the  man  of  David’s  choice.  They  carried  out  the  orders  of  their  lord and  raised  up  Solomon  to  great  power,  and  all  those  who  had  given  their  vote  to  his brother  were  scattered  and  reduced  to  servitude.  This  Bethsheba,  who  would  have been  accounted  an  adulteress  had  another  king  been  elected,  stands  for  nothing other  than  the  faith  of  the  pagans. No  kind  of  adultery  is  worse  than  selling  oneself  into  prostitution  away  from God  and  from  the  true  faith  and  believing  in  a  god  other  than  the  Creator  of the  universe.  Just  as  Bethsheba  did,  some  of  the  Gentiles  come  to  me  with  humble  and contrite  hearts,  saying:  

‘Lord,  you  promised  that  in  the  future  we  would  be Christians.  Carry  out  your  promise!  If  another  king,  if  another  faith  other  than  yours  should  gain  the  ascendancy  over  us,  if  you  remove  yourself  from  us,  we  will  burn  in misery  and  die  like  an  adulteress  who  has  taken  an  adulterer  instead  of  a  lawful  husband.  Besides,  although  you  live  forever,  nevertheless,  you  will  die  to  us  and  we to  you  in  the  sense  that  you  will  remove  your  grace  from  our  hearts  and  we  will  set ourselves  up  against  you  due  to  our  lack  of  faith.  Therefore,  fulfill  your  promise  and strengthen  our  weakness  and  enlighten  our  darkness!  If  you  delay,  if  you  remove yourself  from  us,  we  will  perish.’  

 Having  heard  this,  I  will  stand  up  like  David through  my grace  and  mercy. I  swear  by  my  divine  nature,  which  is  joined  to  my  humanity,  and  by  my human  nature,  which  is  in  my  Spirit,  and  by  my  Spirit,  which  is  in  my  divine  and human  natures,  these  three  being  not  three  gods  but  one  God,  that  I  will  fulfill  my promise.  I  will  send  my  friends  to  bring  my  son  Solomon,  that  is,  the  pagans,  into  the grove,  that  is,  into  the  church,  which  subsists  through  the  seven  sacraments  as  through  seven  trees  (namely  baptism,  penance,  the  anointment  of  confirmation,  the sacrament  of  the  altar  and  of  the  priesthood,  matrimony,  and  extreme  unction).  They  will  take  their  rest  upon  my  throne,  that  is,  in  the  true  faith  of  the  Holy  Church. Moreover,  the  bad  Christians  will  become  their  servants.  The  former  will  find their  joy  in  an  everlasting  heritage  and  in  the  sweet  nourishment  that  I  will  prepare for  them.  

 The  latter,  however,  will  groan  in  the  misery  that  will  begin  for  them  in  the present  and  last  forever.  And  so,  since  it  is  still  the  time  for  vigilance,  may  my friends  not  fall  asleep,  may  they  not  grow  weary,  for  a  glorious  reward  awaits  their  toil!” 


 

The  Son’s  words  in  the  presence  of  the  bride  concerning  a  king  standing  on  a battlefield  with  friends  to  his  right  and  enemies  to  his  left,  and  about  how  the  king  represents  Christ  who  has  Christians  to  the  right  and  pagans  to  the  left,  and  about how the Christians are  rejected and he sends his preachers to  the pagans. 

Chapter  6

 
The  Son  said:  

“I  am  like  a  king  standing  in  a  battlefield  with  friends  standing  to  his  right  and  enemies  to  his  left.  The  voice  of  someone  shouting  came  to  those  who stood  on  the  right  where  everyone  was  well  armed.  Their  helmets  were  fastened  and  their  faces  were  turned  to  their  lord.  The  voice  shouted  to  them: 

 ‘Turn  to  me and  trust  me!  I  have    gold  to  give  you.’  

 When  they  heard  this,  they  turned  toward him.  The  voice  spoke  a  second  time  to  those  who  had  turned  around:  

‘If  you  want  to see  the  gold,  unfasten  your  helmets,  and  if  you  want  to  keep  it,  I  will  fasten  your  helmets  on  again  as  I  wish.’  

 When  they  assented,  he  fastened  their  helmets  on  back to  front.  The  result  was  that  the  front  part  with  the  apertures  to  see  through  was  at  the  back  of  their  heads  while  the  helmets’  back  part  covered  their  eyes  so  that  they were  unable  to  see.  Shouting  like  this,  he  led  them  after  him  like  blind  men. When this  had  been  done,  some  of  the  king’s  friends  reported  to  their  lord  that  his  enemies  had  tricked  his  men.  He  said  to  his  friends:  

‘Go  out  among  them  and  cry out:  Unfasten  your  helmets  and  see  how  you  have  been  deceived!  Turn  back  to  me and  I  will  welcome  you  in  peace!’  

They  did  not  want  to  listen,  but  regarded  it  as mockery.  The  servants  heard  this  and  reported  it  to  their  lord.  He  said:  

‘Well  then, since  they  have  scorned  me,  go  quickly  toward  the  left-  hand  side  and  tell  those  who stand  on  the  left  these  three  things:  The  way  that  leads  you  to  life  has  been  prepared for  you.  The  gate  is  open.  And  the  lord  himself  wants  to  come  to  meet  you  with peace.  Believe  therefore  firmly  that  the  way  has  been  prepared!  Have  a  steadfast  hope  that  the  gate  is  open  and  his  words  are  true!  Go  to  meet  the  lord  with  love,  and he  will  welcome  you  with  love  and  peace  and  lead  you  to  everlasting  peace!’  

 When they  heard  the  messengers’  words,  they  believed  in  them  and  were  welcomed  in peace. I  am  that  king.  I  had  Christians  to  my  right,  since  I  had  prepared  an  eternal  reward  for  them.  Their  helmets  were  fastened  and  their  faces  were  turned  toward me  so  long  as  they  wholly  intended  to  do  my  will,  to  obey  my  commandments,  and so  long  as  all  their  desire  aimed  at  heaven.  By  and  by  the  devil’s  voice,  that  is,  pride, sounded  in  the  world  and  showed  them  worldly  riches  and  carnal  pleasure.  They turned  toward  it  by  yielding  their  assent  and  desires  to  pride.  Because  of  pride,  they took  off  their  helmets  by  putting  their  desires  into  effect  and  preferring  temporal  to spiritual  goods.  Now  that  they  have  put  aside  the  helmets  of  God’s  will  and  the weapons  of  virtue,  pride  has  got  such  a  hold  of  them  and  so  bound  them  to  itself  that they  are  only  too  happy  to  go  on  sinning  right  to  the  end  and  would  be  glad  to  live  forever,  provided  they  could  sin  forever. Pride  has  so  blinded  them  that  the  apertures  of  the  helmets  through  which they  should  be  able  to  see  are  at  the  back  of  their  heads  and  in  front  of  them  is  darkness.  What  do  these  apertures  in  the  helmets  represent  if  not  the  consideration of  the  future  and  the  provident  circumspection  of  present  realities?  Through  the first  aperture,  they  should  see  the  delight  of  future  rewards  and  the  horrors  of  future  punishments  as  well  as  the  awful  sentence  of  God.  Through  the  second aperture,  they  should  see  God’s  commandments  and  prohibitions,  also  how  much they  may  have  transgressed  God’s  commandments  and  how  they  should  improve. But  these  apertures  are  at  the  back  of  the  head  where  nothing  can  be  seen,  which means  that  the  consideration  of  heavenly  realities  has  fallen  into  disregard.  Their  love  for  God  has  grown  cold,  while  their  love  for  the  world  is  considered with  delight  and  embraced  in  such  away  that  it  leads  them  like  a  well-oiled  wheel  whither  it  will.  However,  seeing  me  dishonored  and  souls  falling  away  and  the  devil gaining  control,  my  friends  cry  out  daily  to  me  in  their  prayers  for  them.  Their prayers  have  reached  heaven  and  come  to  my  hearing.  Moved  by  their  prayers,  I  have  daily  sent  my  preachers  to  these  people  and  shown  them  signs  and  increased my graces  to  them.  But,  in  their  scorn  for  it  all,  they  have  piled  sin  upon  sin. Therefore,  I  shall  now  say  to  my  servants  and  I  shall  put  my  words  most assuredly  into  effect:  My  servants,  go  to  the  left-hand  side,  that  is,  to  the  pagans,  and  say:  

‘The  Lord  of  heaven  and  the  Creator  of  the  universe  would  have  the    following said  to  you:  The  way  of  heaven  is  open  for  you.  Have  the  will  to  enter  it  with  a  firm faith!  The  gate  of  heaven  stands  open  for  you.  Hope  firmly  and  you  will  enter  through  it!  The  King  of  heaven  and  the  Lord  of  angels  will  personally  come  out  to meet  you  and  give  you  everlasting  peace  and  blessing.  Go  out  to  meet  him  and receive  him  with  the  faith  he  has  revealed  to  you  and  that  has  made  ready  the  way to  heaven!  Receive  him  with  the  hope  by  which  you  hope,  for  he  himself  has  the intention  of  giving  you  the  kingdom. Love  him  with  your  whole  heart  and  put  your  love  into  practice  and  you  will enter  through  the  gates  of  God  from  which  those  Christians  were  thrust  away  who did  not  want  to  enter  them  and  who  made  themselves  unworthy  by  their  own deeds.’  

 By  my  truth  I  declare  to  you  that  I  will  put  my  words  into  practice  and  will not  forget  them.  I  will  receive  you  as  my  children  and  I  will  be  your  father,  I,  whom Christians  have  held  in  scornful  scorn. You  then,  my  friends,  who  are  in  the  world,  go  forth  without  fear  and  shout  out  loud,  announce  my  will  to  them  and  help  them  to  carry  it  out.  I  will  be  in  your  hearts and  in  your  words.  I  will  be  your  guide  in  life  and  your  savior  in  death.  I  will  not  abandon  you.  Go  forth  boldly  –  the  more  the  toil,  the  greater  the  glory!  I  can  do  all  things  in  a  single  instant  and  with  a  single  word,  but  I  want  your reward  to  grow  through  your  own  efforts  and  my  glory  to  grow  through  your bravery.  Do  not  be  surprised  at  what  I  say.  If  the  wisest  man  in  the  world  could count  up  how  many  souls  fall  into  hell  each  day,  they  would  outnumber  the  sands  of the  sea  or  the  pebbles  on  the  shore.  This  is  a  matter  of  justice,  because  these  souls have  separated  themselves  from  their  Lord  and  God.  I  am  saying  this  so  that  the devil’s  numbers  may  decrease,  and  the  danger  become  known,  and  my  army  be filled  up.  If  only  they  would  listen  and  come  to  their  senses!”

…to be continued.

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