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

About  how the  bride  saw  the  most sweet  Virgin  Mary  adorned  with  a crown  and other adornments  of indescribable  beauty,  and  about  how Saint  John  the  Baptist  explains  to the bride the meaning of the crown and the other adornments. 

31st Revelation

The  bride  of  God  saw  the  Queen  of  Heaven,  the  Mother  of  God,  wearing  a priceless  and  beautiful  crown  on  her  head  and  her  wonderfully  shining  and indescribably  beautiful  hair  hanging  down  over  her  shoulders,  with  a  golden  tunic shining  with  an  indescribable  light,  and  a  blue  mantle  of  the  color  azure  or  a  clear sky.  When  the  bride  of  God,  Saint  Bridget,  was  full  of  wonder  at  such  a  lovely  sight, and  in  her  wonderment  was  standing  there  totally  enraptured  and  amazed,  then blessed  John  the  Baptist  appeared  to  her  and  said:  

“Listen  closely  to  what  all  this signifies.  The  crown  signifies  that  she  is  the  Queen  and  Lady  and  Mother  of  the  King of  angels;  the  hair  hanging  down  signifies  that  she  is  an  unstained  and  pure  virgin; the  sky  colored  mantle  signifies  that  all  worldly  things  were  as  dead  in  her  heart  and will;  the  golden  tunic  signifies  that  she  was  fervent  and  burning  in  the  love  of  God, both  inwardly  and  outwardly.  Her  Son,  Jesus  Christ,  placed  seven  lilies  in  her  crown, and  between  the  lilies  he  placed  seven  gems. The  first  lily  is  her  humility;  the  second  lily  is  her  fear;  the  third,  her obedience;  the  fourth,  her  patience;  the  fifth,  her  steadfastness;  the  sixth,  her kindness,  for  she  is  kind  and  gives  to  all  who  beg  of  her  with  love  and  a  will  to amend;  the  seventh,  her  mercy  in  difficulties,  for  in  whatever  difficulty  a  man  maybe  in,  if  he  calls  on  her  with  all  his  heart,  he  will  receive  mercy  and  help  from  her because  she  is  full  of  compassion  and  mercy. Between  these  shining  lilies  her  Son  placed  seven  precious  gem  stones.  The first  gem  is  her  incomparable  virtue,  for  there  is  no  virtue  in  any  other  spirit  or  in any  other  body,  which  she  does  not  have  in  a  higher  fashion.  The  second  gem  is  her perfect  purity,  for  the  Queen  of  the  kingdom  of  Heaven  was  so  pure  that  from  her first  entrance  into  the  world  up  to  the  final  day  of  her  death,  not  a  single  stain  of  sin was  ever  to  be  found  in  her;  and  none  of  all  the  devils  could  ever  find  enough impurity  in  her  to  fit  on  the  head  of  a  needle-point.  She  was  truly  the  most  pure,  for it  was  not  fitting  for  the  King  of  glory  to  lie  in  any  vessel  but  the  purest,  chosen before  all  angels  and  men  and  more  pure  than  they.  The  third  gem  was  her  beauty, for  God  is  praised  constantly  by  his  saints  for  his  Mother’s  beauty,  and  all  the  holy angels  and  holy  souls  are  filled  with  joy  over  her  beauty.  The  fourth  precious  gem  in the  crown  is  the  Virgin  Mother’s  wisdom,  for  she  is  filled  with  all  divine  wisdom  in God  and all  wisdom  is  fulfilled  and  perfected  through  her.  The  fifth  gem  is  her  power and  might,  for  she  is  so  powerful  and  strong  with  God  in  her  that  she  can  subdue anything  that  has  been  created.  The  sixth  gem  is  her  clarity,  for  she  shines  so  clear that  she  even  illuminates  the  angels,  whose  eyes  are  clearer  than  light,  and  the devils  do  not  dare  to  look  upon  her  clarity.  The  seventh  gem  is  the  fullness  of  every delight  and  joy  and  all  spiritual  sweetness,  for  her  fullness  is  such  that  there  is  no joy  that  she  does  not  increase,  no  delight  that  is  not  made  fuller  and  more  perfect  by her  and  through  the  blessed  vision  of  her,  for  she  is  filled  with  grace  and  mercy above  all  the  holy  saints.  She  is  the  most  pure  vessel  in  which  the  Bread  of  angels laid  and  in  which  all  sweetness  and  all  beauty  is  found. Between  the  seven  lilies  in  her  crown,  her  Son  placed  these  seven  gemstones. Therefore  may  you,  her  Son’s  bride,  honor  and  praise  her  with  all  your  heart,  for  she is  in  truth  worthy  of  all  praise  and  all  honor  with  her  Son!” 

About  how,  on  God’s  exhortation, the  bride  of  Christ  chose  poverty for  herself  and renounced  riches and  carnal  behavior,  and  about the  truth  of  the  things  revealed to her, and about three remarkable things that Christ showed her. 

  

32nd Revelation

Our  Lord  said  to  his  bride:  

“You  should  be  like  a  person  who  leaves  and  like one  who  gathers.  For  you  should  leave  riches  and  gather  virtues,  leave  perishable things  and  gather  eternal  things,  leave  visible  things  and  gather  invisible.  I  shall namely  give  you  the  exultation  of  the  soul  instead  of  the  pleasures  of  the  flesh,  the joy  of  heaven  instead  of  the  joy  of  the  world,  the  honor  of  the  angels  instead  of  the honor  of  the  world,  the  sight  of  God  instead  of  the  sight  of  your  friends;  I,  the  giver and  Creator  of  all  good  things,  will  give  you  myself,  instead  of  the  possession  the worldly  goods. Answer  me  on  the  three  things  I  am  going  to  ask  you.  First,  do  you  want  to  be rich  or  poor  in  this  world?”  

She  answered:  

“O  my  Lord,  I  would  rather  be  poor  since riches  do  me  no  good;  instead  they  bother  and  distract  me  very  much  and  draw  me away  from  serving  you.”  

“Tell  me,  second,  do  you  find  anything  reprehensible  or false  according  to  your  conscience  and  heart  in  the  words  that  you  heard  from  my mouth?”  

She  answered:  

“Certainly  not,  all  your  words  are  reasonable.”  

Our  Lord  said for  the  third  time: 

“What  delights  you  more,  the  sensual  lust  of  the  flesh  you  earlier had  or  the  spiritual  consolation  and  delight  that  you  now  have?”  

She  answered:  

“I feel  ashamed  and  disgraced  in  my  heart  to  think  of  my  earlier  fleshly  lust  and  it  is now  to  me  like  poison  and  tastes  all  the  more  bitter  in  proportion  to  my  earlier ardent  love  for  it.  I  would  rather  die  than  ever  return  to  such  a  lust;  it  cannot  be compared  to  this  spiritual  delight  and  happiness.” 

“Thus,”  our  Lord  said,  “you  confess  in  your  mind  that  all  the  things  I  have  told you  are  true.  Why  then  are  you  afraid  and  worried  that  I  am  delaying  the  things  I told  you  would  happen?  Behold  the  prophets  and  remember  the  apostles  and  the holy  teachers  of  the  Church.  Did  they  find  anything  in  me  except  the  truth?  That  is why they  did  not  care  about  the  world  or  the  desire  for  it.  Why  else  did  the  prophets foretell  the  future  things  so  far  in  advance  unless  it  was  because  God  wanted  them first  to  proclaim  the  words  with  the  deeds  coming  after  so  that  the  ignorant  should be  taught  in  the  faith?  In  truth,  all  the  mysteries  of  my  Holy  Incarnation  were proclaimed  to  the  prophets  before  I  assumed  manhood  and  became  man,  even  the star  that  went  before  the  three  kings.  They  believed  the  words  of  the  prophet  and deserved  to  see  what  they  believed  in,  and  they  were  made  certain  immediately after  they  saw  the  star.  In  the  same  way  now,  my  words  should  first  be  announced so  that,  when  the  deeds  come  later,  they  will  be  believed  more  surely. I  showed  you  three  things.  First,  the  conscience  of  a  man  whose  sin  I  revealed and  proved  to  you  by  the  most  clear  and  evident  signs.  But  why  did  I  do  so?  Could  I not  have  killed  him  myself?  Or  could  I  not  have  drowned  him  in  a  moment,  if  I wanted?  Of  course  I  could  have.  But,  so  that  others  may  be  instructed  and  my  words revealed  showing  how  just  and  patient  I  am  and  how  unhappy  this  man  is  whom  the devil  rules,  I  endure  him  still.  Because  of  his  evil  will  of  remaining  in  sin  and  through his  sinful  lust  in  it,  the  devil’s  power  over  him  has  increased  so  much  that  neither gentle  words  nor  harsh  threats  nor  the  fear  of  hell  can  make  him  turn  back  from  his sin.  And  this  is  true  justice  too,  because,  since  he  always  had  the  will  of  sinning,  even though  he  did  not  fulfill  his  sin  by  deed,  he  rightly  deserves  to  be  handed  over  to  the devil  for  all  eternity.  For  the  smallest  sin,  lusted  after,  is  enough  to  damn  anyone from  the  kingdom  of  Heaven,  who does not  repent. I  showed  you  two  others.  The  devil  tormented  the  body  of  one  but  was  not  in his  soul.  He  darkened  the  other’s  conscience  through  his  intrigues  and  yet  did  not get  into  his  soul  and  had  no  power  over  him.  But  now  you  might  ask:  ‘Is  not  the  soul the  same  as  the  conscience?  Is  the  devil  not  in  the  soul  when  he  is  in  the conscience?’  By  no  means!  The  body  has  two  eyes  to  see  with,  and  even  if  they  lose their  sight,  the  body  can  still  be  healthy.  So  it  is  with  the  soul.  For  even  though  the reason  and  conscience  are  sometimes  distracted  and  troubled,  nevertheless,  the soul  does  not  always  get  hurt  by  the  sin.  And  thus,  the  devil  had  power  over  his conscience  but  not  over  his  soul. I  shall  show  you  a  third  man  whose  soul  and  body  are  completely  ruled  by  the devil,  and  unless  he  is  forced  by  my  power  and  by  my  special  grace,  he  will  never  be expelled  from  the  man  or  leave  him.  From  some  people,  the  devil  goes  out  willingly and  quickly,  but  out  of  others,  only  reluctantly  and  by  force.  For  in  some  people  the devil  enters  because  of  the  sin  of  their  parents  or  because  of  some  hidden  judgment of  God;  this  happens  for  example  with  children  and  witless  men.  He  enters  into others  because  of  their  infidelity  or  for  the  sake  of  some  other  sin.  From  these,  the devil  goes  out  willingly  if  he  is  exorcised  by  people  who  know  conjurations  or  the  art on  how  to  exorcise  devils.  If  they  undertake  such  an  exorcism  for  the  sake  of vainglory  or  for  some  worldly  gain,  then  the  devil  has  the  power  of  entering  into  the one  exorcising  him,  or  again,  into  the  same  person  he  got  exorcised  from,  for  neither of  them  had  any  love  of  God.  From  those  whose  soul  and  body  the  devil  possesses completely,  he  never  goes  out,  unless  he  is  forced  through  my  power.  Just  as  vinegar, if  mixed  with  a  sweet  and  good  wine,  spoils  all  the  sweetness  of  the  wine  and  can never  be  separated  from  it,  so  too  will  the  devil  not  go  out  of  the  soul  whom  he possesses,  unless  he  is  forced  through  my  divine  power. What  is  this  wine  if  not  the  human  soul  that  was  sweeter  to  me  above  all created  beings  and  so  dear  to  me  that  I  let  my  sinews  be  slashed  and  my  body lacerated  to  the  ribs  for  her  sake?  I  suffered  death  for  her  sake  rather  than  lose  her. This  wine  was  conserved  in  dregs,  for  I  placed  the  soul  in  a  body  where  it  was  kept according  to  my  will  as  in  a  sealed  vessel.  But  now  this  sweet  wine  has  been  mixed with  the  worst  vinegar,  that  is,  with  the  malice  of  the  devil,  whose  evilness  is  more bitter  and  abominable  to  me  than  any  vinegar.  By  my  power,  this  vinegar  shall  be separated  from  this  man  whose  name  I  will  tell  you,  so  that  I  may  show  my  mercy and  wisdom through him,  but  my judgment and justice  through  the  former  man.” 


EXPLANATION 

The  first  man  was  a  high-born  and  proud  cantor  who,  without  the  pope’s permission,  went  to  Jerusalem  and  was  attacked  by  the  devil.  About  this  demon possessed  man, more will be written about him  in  part III, 31st Revelation and  in  part  IV, 115th Revelation. 

The  second  demon-possessed  man  in  the  same  revelation became  a  Cistercian  monk. The  devil  tormented  him  so  much  that  four  men  could  barely  hold  him  down.  His outstretched  tongue  looked  like  an  ox  tongue.  The  shackles  on  his  hands  were invisibly  broken  in  pieces.  After  a  month  and  two  days  this  man  was  cured  by  Saint Bridget.  

The  third  demon-possessed  man  was  a  bailiff  of  Ostergotland.  When  he  was admonished  to  do  penance,  he  said  to  the  one  advising  him:  

“Cannot  the  owner  of the  house  sit  where  he  likes?  The  devil  has  my  heart  and  my  tongue,  how  can  I  do penance?”  

He  also  cursed  the  saints  of  God and  died  the  same  night  without the sacraments  and  confession. 



Our  Lord’s  words  of admonishment  to  the  bride  about true  and  false  wisdom,  and about how  good angels  aid  the  wise who are  good while  devils  aid  the  wise who  are evil. 

 33rd Revelation

“My  friends  are  like  scholars  who  have  three  things:  

First,  a  reasonable understanding  above  what  is  natural  to  the  brain.  Second,  wisdom  without  human aid,  for  I  myself  teach  them  inwardly.  Third,  they  are  full  of  the  sweetness  and  divine love  with  which  they  defeat  the  devil.  But  nowadays  people  study  in  a  different  way. First,  they  want  to  be  wise  out  of  vainglory  in  order  to  be  called  good  clerks  and masterly  scholars.  Second,  they  want  to  be  wise  in  order  to  own  and  win  riches. Third,  they  want  to  be  wise  in  order  to  win  honors  and privileges. That  is  why  I  leave  them  when  they  go  to  their  schools  and  enter  there,  since they  study  because  of  pride,  but  I  taught  them  humility.  They  enter  the  schools  for the  sake  of  greed,  but  I  had  no  place  to  rest  my  head.  They  enter  in  order  to  win privileges,  envying  those  more  highly  placed  than  themselves,  but  I  was  judged  by Pilate  and  mocked  by  Herod.  That  is  why  I  will  leave  them,  because  they  are  not learning  my  wisdom.  But,  since  I  am  good  and  kind,  I  give  each  one  what  he  prays for.  The  one  who  prays  for  bread  will  receive  bread.  And  the  one  who  prays  for straw  will  be  given  straw. My  friends  pray  for  bread,  because  they  seek  and  learn  the  wisdom  of  God where  my  love  is.  But  others,  however,  pray  for  straw,  that  is,  worldly  wisdom.  For just  as  straw  is  useless  for  man  to  eat  but,  is  instead,  the  food  of  irrational  animals, so  too  there  is  neither  use  for  the  worldly  wisdom  that  they  seek  nor  nourishment for  the  soul,  but  only  a  small  name  and  useless  work.  For  when  a  man  dies,  all  his wisdom  is  eradicated  into  nothing  and  he  can  no  longer  be  seen  by  those  who  used to  praise  him. I  am like  a  mighty  lord  with  many  servants  who,  on  their  lord’s  way,  give  to  the people  what  they  need.  In  this  way  the  good  angels  and  the  evil  angels  stand  in  my service.  The  good  angels  minister  to  those  who  study  my  wisdom,  that  is,  those  who work  in  my  service,  nourishing  them  with  consolation  and  pleasing  work.  But  the worldly  wise  are  assisted  by  evil  angels  who  inspire  them  with  what  they  want  and form  them  after  their  will,  inspiring  them  with  thoughts  of  great  speculation  with much  work.  But  if  they  would  look  to  me,  I  could  give  them  bread  and  wisdom without  any  work  or  trouble  and  a  sufficient  amount  of  the  world  to  satisfy  them. But  they  can  never  be  filled  of  the  world,  since  they  turn  that  which  is  sweet  into bitterness  for  themselves. But  you,  my  bride,  should  be  like  cheese,  and  your  body  like  the  mold  wherein the  cheese  is  formed  until  it  has  received  the  form  of  the  mold.  In  this  way,  your soul,  which  is  as  delightful  and  sweet  to  me  as  cheese,  must  be  tried  and  cleansed  in the  body,  until  body  and  soul  united  agree  to  maintain  the  same  form  of  abstinence, so  that  the  flesh  obeys  the  spirit  and  the  spirit  leads  the  flesh  toward  all  virtues.”

…to be continued

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