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

Christ’s words  to  the  bride  giving an explanation  of  the immediately preceding chapter,  and  about  the devil’s  attack  on  the aforementioned knight,  and  about his terrible and just condemnation. 


Chapter  9 


“The  entire  span  of  this  life  is but  as  a  single  hour  for  me. Therefore, what  I  am telling  you now  has always  been  in  my foreknowledge.  I told  you  before about  a  man who began  the  true knighthood,  and about  another who  deserted  it  like  a scoundrel. 

The  man  who  deserted  from  the ranks  of  true  knights  threw  down his  shield  at  my feet  and  his sword at  my  side  by  breaking  his sacred promises  and  vows.  The shield he threw  down  symbolizes nothing other than  the  upright faith  by  which  he was  to defend  himself  against  the enemies  of  the  faith  and  of  his soul. 

The  feet,  on  which  I  walk  toward humanity,  symbolize  nothing  other than  the divine  delight  by  which  I attract  a  person  to  myself  and  the patience  by  which  I patiently  bear with  him.  He  threw  this  shield down when  he  entered  my  sanctuary, thinking  to  himself:  

‘I  want  to  obey  the  lord who counseled  me  not  to  practice abstinence,  the  one  who  gives  me what  I  desire  and  lets  me  hear things  pleasant  to my ears.’

This  was  how he  threw down the shield of my faith by wanting to follow his own selfish  desire  rather  than me, by  loving  the  creature  more  than the Creator. If  he  had  had  an  upright faith,  if  he  had  believed  me  to  be almighty  and  a  just judge  and  the giver  of  eternal  glory,  he  would  not have  wished  for  anything  but  me, he would  not  have  feared  anything  but me.  But  he  threw  down  my  faith  at my  feet, despising  it  and  counting  it for  nothing,  because  he  did  not  seek to  please  me  and had  no  regard  for my  patience. 

Then  he  threw  down  his  sword  at my  side.  The sword  denotes  nothing other  than  the  fear  of  God,  which God’s  true  knight  should continuously  have  in  his  hands,  that is,  in  his  acts.  

My  side  symbolizes  nothing  other than  the  care  and  protection  with which  I  shelter  and  defend  my children,  like  a mother  hen sheltering her  chicks,  so  that  the  devil  does not harm  them  and  no unendurable trials  come  upon  them. But  that man threw  away  the  sword  of  my  fear by not  bothering  to  think  about my power and by not having any regard for my love and patience. He  threw  it down  at  my  side  as  if  to  say:  

‘I  neither  fear  nor  care  about  your defense.  I  got  what  I  have  by  my own  doing  and  my  noble  birth.’ 

He  broke  the promise  he  made  to me.  What  is  the  true  promise  that  a man  is  bound  to  vow  to God? Surely, it  is  deeds  of  love:  that  whatever  a person  does,  he  should  do  out  of love for  God.  But  this  he  set  aside by twisting  his  love  for  God  toward self-love;  he preferred  his  selfishness to  future  and  eternal  delight. In  this way  he  separated  himself  from  me and  left  the  sanctuary  of  my humility.  The  body  of  any  Christian ruled  by  humility  is  my  sanctuary. Those  ruled by  pride  are  not  my sanctuary  but  the  sanctuary  of  the devil  who  steers  them toward worldly  desire  after  his  own purposes.  

Having  gone  out  of  the  temple  of my humility,  and  having  rejected  the shield  of  holy  faith  and  the  sword of fear,  he walked  out  proudly  to  the fields,  cultivating  every  selfish  lust and  desire,  scorning  to fear  me  and growing in  sin  and lust. When  he reached  the  final  end  of  his  life  and his  soul  had  left  the  body,  the demons  charged  out  to  meet  him. Three  voices  from  hell  could  be heard  speaking against  him.  The first said: 

‘Is  not  this  the  man  who  deserted from  humility  and  followed  us  in pride?  If  his  two  feet  could  take  him up  even  higher  in  pride  so  as  to surpass  us  and  hold  the  primacy  in pride,  he  would  be  quick  to  do  so.’  

The  soul answered  him: 

‘I  am  the  one.’ 

Justice  answered  him: 

‘This  is  the  reward  of  your pride: 

You  will  descend  handed  by  one demon  down  to  the  next  until  you reach  the lowest  part  of  hell.  And given  that  there  was  no  demon  who did  not  know  his  own particular punishment  and  the  torment  to  be inflicted  for  every  useless  thought and deed,  neither  will  you  escape punishment  at  the  hands  of  any  one of  them  but  share in  the  malice  and evil  of  them  all.’  

The  second  voice  cried  out  saying: 

‘Is  not  this  the man  who  separated himself  from  his  professed  service  to God  and  joined  our  ranks instead?’ 

The  soul  answered: 

‘I  am  the  one.’  

And  Justice  said: 

‘This  is  your  allotted reward:  that everyone  who  imitates  your  conduct as  a  knight  will  add  to  your punishment  and  sorrow  by  his  own corruption  and  pain  and  will  strike you  at  his  coming  as  though  with  a deadly  wound.  You  will  be  like  a man  afflicted  by  a  severe wound, indeed  like  one  afflicted  by  wound upon  wound  until  his  whole  body  is full of  wounds,  who  endures intolerable  suffering  and  bewails  his fate  constantly.  Even so,  you  will experience  misery  upon  misery.  At the  height  of  your  pain,  your  pain will  be  renewed,  and  your punishment  will  never  end  and  your woes  will  never decrease.’ 

The  third  voice  cried  out: 

‘Is  not  this  the  man  who  exchanged his  Creator for  creatures,  the  love  of his  Creator  for  his  own  selfishness?’  

Justice  answered: 

‘It certainly  is. 

Therefore,  two  holes  will  be  opened in  him.  Through  the  first  there  will enter into  him  every  punishment earned  for  his  least  sin  up  to  his greatest,  in as much  as he  exchanged his  Creator  for  his  own  lust. Through  the  second  there  will  enter into him  every  kind  of  pain  and shame,  and  no  divine  consolation  or charity  will  ever come  to  him,  in as much  as  he  loved  himself  rather than  his  Creator.  His  life  will  last forever  and  his  punishment  will  last forever,  for  all  the  saints  have turned  away from  him.’  

My  bride,  see  how  miserable  those people  will  be  who  despise  me  and how great  will  be  the  pain  they purchase  at  the  price  of  so  little pleasure!”

…to be continued

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