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

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The  words  of  the  Virgin  Mother  to  the  bride  about  the  excellence  of  her  Son,  and  about how Christ  is  now  being  crucified  more  cruelly  by  his  enemies,  the  evil  Christians,  than he  once  was by the  Jews,  and  about  how  such  people  will  receive  a  harder  and  more bitter punishment. 

37th Revelation
 The  Queen  of  Heaven  said:  


“My  Son  had  three  good  things:  The  first  one  was that  no  one  ever  had  such  a  beautiful  body  as  he  did,  since  he  had  two  perfect natures,  namely,  his  Divinity  and  Manhood.  His  body  was  so  pure  that,  just  as  no stain  can  be  found  in  the  clearest  of  eyes,  so  not  a  single  defect  could  be  found  on  his body.  

The  second  good  was  that  he  never  sinned.  Other  children,  however, sometimes  bear  the  sins  of  their  parents  and  sometimes  their  own;  but  he  never sinned  and  yet  bore  the  sins  of  everyone.  

The  third  good  was  that  some  men  die  for the  sake  of  God  and  to  receive  a  greater  reward,  but  he  died  just  as  much  for  the sake  of  his  enemies  as  for  me  and his  friends. When  his  enemies  crucified  him,  they  did  four  things  to  him:  

First,  they crowned  him  with  a crown  of  thorns.  

Second,  they  pierced  his  hands and  feet.  

Third,they  gave  him  gall  to drink. 

 Fourth,  they  pierced  his  side. 

 But  now  I  complain  that the  enemies  of  my  Son,  who  are  now  in  the  world,  crucify  him  more  cruelly  in  a spiritual  sense  than  the  Jews  who  crucified  his  body.  For  even  though  the  divinity  is unable  to  suffer  and  die,  still  they  crucify  him  through  their  own  vices  and  sins.  For if  a  man  insults  and  injures  an  image  of  his  enemy,  the  image  does  not  feel  the damage  done  to  it;  nevertheless,  the  perpetrator  should  be  accused  and  judged  for his  evil  intention  to  do  harm  as  though  it  was  a  deed.  In  the  same  way,  the  vices  and sins  by  which  they  crucify  my  Son  spiritually  are  more  abominable  and  heavy  to  him than  the  vices  of  those  who  crucified  his  body. But  now  you  may  ask:  ‘How  do  they  crucify  him?’  First  off,  they  fasten  him  on the  cross  they  have  prepared  for  him  when  they  do  not  heed  the  commandments  of their  Creator  and  Lord,  but  dishonor  him  when  he  warns  them  through  his  servants to  serve  him,  and  they  despise  this  and  instead  do  what  pleases  them.  Then  they crucify  his  right  hand  when  they  hold  justice  to  be  as  injustice,  saying:  ‘Sin  is  not  so heavy  and  abominable  to  God  as  it  is  said.  God  does  not  punish  anyone  for  all eternity;  he  only  threatens  us  with  these  hard  things  to  scare  us.  Why  else  would  he redeem  man  if  he  wanted  us  to  perish?’  They  do  not  consider  that  the  least  little  sin a  man  finds  delight  in  is  enough  to  damn  him  to  an  eternal  torment,  and  that  God does  not  let  the  least  little  sin  go  unpunished,  just  like  he  does  not  let  the  least  little good  deed go unrewarded. Therefore,  they  shall  be  tormented  for  all  eternity  because  of  their  constant intention  of  sinning,  and  my  Son,  who  sees  the  heart,  counts  that  as  a  deed.  For  they would  fulfill  their  will  with  deeds  if  my  Son  tolerated  or  allowed  it.  Then  they  crucify his  left  hand  when  they  turn  virtue  into  sin  and  the  will  to  continue  in  sin  until  the end,  saying:  ‘If  we  just  once  say  at  the  end  of  our  life,  “O  God,  have  mercy  on  me,” God’s  mercy  is  so  great  that  we  will  be  forgiven.’  But  this  is  not  virtue  –  to  want  to  sin without  bettering  oneself,  and  wanting  to  receive  a  reward  without  having  to  work for  it,  not  unless  a  real  contrition  is  found  in  the  heart  that  the  man  wants  to  change if  only  he  could  do  so  were  it  not  for  illness  or  some  other  hindrance. Thereafter,  they  crucify  his  feet  when  they  take  pleasure  in  sinning  without once  thinking  of  my  Son’s  bitter  suffering  or  without  once  thanking  him  from  their inmost  heart  with  words  like  these:  ‘My  Lord  and  God,  how  bitter  your  suffering was,  praise  and  honor  be  to  you  for  your  death’  –  such  words  are  never  heard  from their  mouth.  They  then  crown  him  with  the  crown  of  derision  when  they  mock  his servants  and  consider  it  useless  to  serve  him.  They  give  him  gall  to  drink  when  they rejoice  and  glory  in  sin.  And  not  once  does  the  thought  arise  in  their  heart  of  how grave  and  manifold  and  dangerous  this  sin  is.  They  pierce  his  side  when  they  have the  will  to  continue  in  sin. In  truth,  I  tell  you  –  and  you  can  say  this  to  my  friends  –  that  such  people  are more  unjust  in  the  sight  of  my  Son  than  those  who  judged  him,  more  unkind  than those  who  crucified  him,  more  shameless  than  those  who  sold  him,  and  they  shall therefore  receive  a  greater  torment  than  the  others.  

Pilate  knew  very  well  that  my Son  had  not  sinned  and  did  not  deserve  to  die.  But  he,  nonetheless,  felt  compelled  to judge  my Son to death because  he  feared the  loss  of  his  worldly  power  and  the  revolt of  the  Jews.  But  what  would  these  have  to  fear  if  they  served  my  Son,  or  what  honor or  dignity  would  they  lose  if  they  honored  him?  They  will  therefore  be  judged  with  a more  severe  sentence  than  Pilate’s,  for  they  are  worse  than  him  in  my  Son’s  sight. For  Pilate  judged  him  because  of  the  request  and  will  of  others  and  due  to  fear,  but these  judge  him  for  their  own  advantage  and  without  any  fear  when  they  dishonor him  by  committing  the  sin  that  they  could  abstain  from  if  they  wanted.  But  they  do not  abstain  from  sin  nor  are  they  ashamed  of  the  sins  that  they  have  done,  for  they do  not  consider  that  they  are  unworthy  of  the  good  deeds  of  the  One  whom  they  do not  serve. They  are  also  worse  than  Judas,  for  when  Judas  had  betrayed  his  Lord,  he knew  very  well  that  he  was  God  and  that  he  had  sinned  heavily  against  him,  but  he despaired  and  hastened  his  days  toward  hell,  thinking  himself  to  be  unworthy  to live.  But  these  know  their  sin  very  well  and  yet  they  continue  in  it  without  feeling any  remorse  about  it  in  their  hearts.  They  want  to  take  the  kingdom  of  Heaven  with violence  and  power  when  they  think  they  can  get  it,  not  through  their  good  deeds but  through  a  vain  hope,  but  it  is  only  given  to  those  who  work  and  suffer  something for  the  sake  of  God. They  are  also  worse  than  those  who  crucified  my  Son.  For  when  these  saw  the good  works  of  my  Son,  namely,  the  raising  of  the  dead  and  the  cleansing  of  leapers, they  thought  to  themselves:  ‘This  man  does  unheard  of  and  extraordinary  miracles. He  overcomes  anyone  he  wants  with  a  word,  he  knows  all  our  thoughts,  and  he  does whatever  he  wants.  If  he  is  successful,  we  will  all  have  to  submit  to  his  power  and become  his  subjects.’  Therefore,  in  order  to  avoid  being  subjected  to  him,  they crucified  him  because  of  their  envy.  But  if  they  had  known  that  he  was  the  King  of glory,  they  never  would  have  crucified  him. But  these  people  see  his  great  deeds  and  miracles  everyday,  and  they  take advantage  of  his  good  deeds  and  hear  how  they  should  serve  him  and  come  to  him, but  they  think  to  themselves:  ‘If  we  must  leave  all  our  temporal  belongings  and follow  his  will  and  not  our  own,  it  would  be  heavy  and  unbearable.’  They  despise  his will  so  that  it  should  not  be  placed  over  their  own  will,  and  crucify  my  Son  through their  hardened  heart  when  they  add  sin  upon  sin  against  their  conscience.  They  are worse  than  those  who  crucified  my  Son,  for  the  Jews  did  it  for  the  sake  of  envy  and because  they  did  not  know  that  he  was  God,  but  these  know  him  to  be  God,  and  yet, in  their  own  malice  and  presumption  and  greed,  they  crucify  him  spiritually  more cruelly  than  the  Jews  did  physically.  For  they  themselves  have  been  redeemed,  but the  Jews  had  not  yet  been  redeemed.  Therefore,  my  bride,  obey  my  Son  and  fear him,  for  just  as  he  is  merciful,  he  is  also  just.” 
The  most  pleasant  conversation  of  God  the  Father  with  the  Son,  and  about  how  the Father  gave  the  new  bride  to  the  Son,  and  how  the  Son  received  her  with  pleasure  to himself,  and  about  how  the  bridegroom  teaches  the  bride  about  patience,  obedience and simplicity through an example.   


38th Revelation


The  Father  spoke  to  the  Son, saying:  


“I  came  with  love  to  the  Virgin  and  took your  true  body  from  her.  You  are  therefore  in  me  and  I  in  you.  Just  as  fire  and  heat are  never  separated,  so  it  is  impossible  to  separate  the  Divinity  from  the  Manhood.” 

The  Son  answered:  

“May  all  glory  and  honor  be  to  you Father;  may your will  be  done in  me  and  mine  in  you.”  

The  Father  answered  him  again:  

“Behold,  my  Son,  I  am entrusting  this  new  bride  to  you  like  a  sheep  to  be  guided  and  educated.  As  the owner  of  the  sheep,  you  will  get  from  her  cheese  to  eat  and  milk  to  drink  and  wool to  clothe  yourself  with.  But  you,  bride,  should  obey  him.  You  have  three  things  you must  do:  you have  to be patient,  obedient  and  willing  to  do  what  is  good.”

 Then  the  Son  said  to  the  Father: 

 “Your  will  with  power,  power  with  humility, humility  with  wisdom,  wisdom  with  mercy;  may  your  will  be  done,  which  is  and always  will  be  without  beginning  or  end  in  me.  I  take  her  to  myself  into  my  love,  into your  power  and  into  the  guidance  of  the  Holy  Spirit,  which  are  not  three  gods  but one  God.” 

 Then  the  Son  said  to  his  bride: 

 “You  have  heard  how  the  Father  entrusted you  to  me  like  a  sheep.  You  must  therefore  be  simple minded  and  patient  like  a sheep  and fruitful  in  producing  food  and  clothing. Three  people  are  in  the  world.  The  first  is  completely  naked,  the  second  is thirsty,  and  the  third  is  hungry.  

The  first  signifies  the  faith  of  my  Church,  and  it  is naked  because  everyone  is  ashamed  and  afraid  to  speak  of  the  true  faith  and  of  my commandments.  And  if  some  people  do  speak  or  teach  about  such  things,  they  are despised  and  accused  of  being  liars.  Therefore,  my  words  which  proceed  from  my mouth,  should  clothe  this  faith  like  wool.  For  just  as  wool  grows  on  the  body  of  a sheep  by  the  heat,  so  too  my  words  proceed  from  the  heat  of  my  Divinity  and Manhood  to  your  heart.  They  will  clothe  my  holy  faith  with  the  testimony  of  truth and  wisdom  and  prove  that  the  faith  which  is  now  regarded  as  vain  is  true,  so  that the  ones  who,  up  to  now,  have  been  lazy  in  clothing  their  faith  in  deeds  of  love  after hearing  my  words  of  love,  will  be  converted  and  enkindled  again  in  order  to  speak with  certitude  of  faith  and  act  with  power. 

The  second  one  signifies  my  friends  who  have  a  thirsting  desire  to  make  my honor  perfect  and  are  saddened  at  my  dishonor.  They  shall  be  filled  with  the sweetness  that  they  heard  in  my  words,  and  enkindled  with  a  greater  love  for  me, and  along  with  them,  others  who  are  now  dead  in  sin,  will  also  be  enkindled  in  my love,  when  they  hear  of  the  mercy  I  have  done  with  sinners. 

The  third  one  signifies  those  who  think  thus  in  their  hearts:  ‘If  only  we  knew the  will  of  God  and  how  we  should  live,  and  if  anyone  taught  us  about  the  good  way, we  would  gladly  do  what  we  could  for  the  honor  of  God.’ 

 These  are  hungry  to  get  to know  my way and will,  but  no  one  feeds  them,  since  no  one  shows  them  completely what  they  should  do,  and  if  they  are  shown  or  taught  what  to  do,  no  one  lives according  to  the  words  with  their  deeds.  And  for  this  reason,  the  words  seem  as dead  to  them.  

Therefore,  I  myself  shall  show  and  teach  them  what  they  should  do and  I  will  fill  them  with  my  sweetness. For  worldly  things,  which  are  seen  and  desired  now  almost  by  everyone, cannot  fill  mankind  but  only  arouse  his  desire  and  greed  of  the  world  to  win  more and  more  things.  But  my  words  and  my  love  will  feed  men  and  fill  them  with  an overflowing  consolation. 

 Therefore,  my  bride,  who  are  my  sheep,  you  must  take great  care  to  keep  your  patience  and  obedience.  You  are  all  mine  by  right  and  should therefore  follow  my  will.  The  one  who  wants  to  follow  the  will  of  another  should have  three  things:  

First,  he  should  have  the  same  will  and  opinion  as  the  other; second,  have  similar  deeds;  third,  he  should  move  away  from  his  enemies.  But  who are  my  enemies  if  not  pride  and  every  sin?  You  should  therefore  move  away  from them,  if  you  desire  to  follow  my  will.” 


Christ  speaks  about  how  faith, hope  and  love  were  found perfectly  in  him  at  the moment of his death and are found imperfectly in us wretches. 


39th Revelation


The  Son  of  God  said:  

“I  had  three  things  in  my  death: 

 First,  faith,  when  I  bent my  knees  and  prayed  to  the  Father,  knowing  that  he  was  able  to  save  me  from  the suffering. 

 Second,  hope,  when  I  steadfastly  waited  and  said:  ‘Not  as  I  will.’ 

 Third, love,  when  I  said:  ‘Thy  will  be  done.’  I  also  had  bodily  agony  from  the  natural  fear  of suffering  when  the  sweat  of  blood  went  out  of  my  body. 

 Thus,  in  order  that  my friends  should  not  fear  that  they  are  abandoned  when  the  moment  of  tribulation comes  to  them,  I  showed  them  in  myself  that  the  weak  flesh  always  flees  from suffering. But  now you may ask how the sweat of blood went out of my body. Just like the blood  of  a  sick  person  dries  up  and  is  consumed  in  all  his  veins,  so  was  my  blood consumed  by  the  natural  fear  of  death.  My  Father  wanted  to  show  the  way  by  which Heaven  would  be  opened  and  the  exiled  man  to  be  able  to  enter  therein,  and therefore  he  delivered  me  out  of  love  to  my  suffering  in  order  that  my  body  would be  glorified  in  honor  after  the  suffering  had  been  fulfilled.  For  justice  did  not  allow my  Manhood  to  enter  into  glory  without  suffering,  although  I  was  able  to  do  so  by the  power of  my Divinity. How  then  should  those  deserve  to  enter  into  my  glory  who  have  little  faith, vain  hope,  and  no  love?  If  they  believed  in  the  eternal  joy  of  Heaven  and  in  the horrific  torments  of  hell,  they  would  desire  nothing  but  me.  If  they  believed  that  I see  and  know  all  things  and  have  power  over  all  things  and  that  I  demand  a  judgment  over  all,  they  would  hate  the  world,  and  they  would  fear  more  to  sin before  me  than  before  men.  If  they  had  a  firm  and  steadfast  hope,  then  their  every thought  and  desire  would  be  directed  toward  me.  If  they  had  a  divine  love  for  me, then  they  would  at  least  think  in  their  soul  about  what  I  did  for  their  sake,  how  much I  labored  in  preaching,  how  great  my  pain  was  in  my  suffering  and  how  great  my love  was  at  my death when I preferred to  die  rather  than  to  lose  and  forsake  them. But  their  faith  is  sick  and  wavering,  threatening  to  fall  soon,  because  they believe  only  when  suffering  and  temptation  does  not  attack  them,  and  they  lose their  hope  as  soon  as  they  are  met  with  adversity.  Their  hope  is  vain,  because  they hope  that  their  sin  will  be  forgiven  without  justice  and  a  right  judgment.  They  hope with  self-reliance  to  receive  the  kingdom  of  Heaven  for  nothing  and  wish  to  receive my  mercy  without  the  severity  of  justice.  Their  love  for  me  is  completely  cold,  for they  are  never  enkindled  in  seeking  or  calling  me  unless  they  are  forced  to  it  by tribulation.  How  can  I  be  warmed  by  such  people  who  have  neither  a  right  faith  nor a  firm  hope  nor a burning love  for  me? And  therefore,  when  they  cry  out  to  me  and  say  ‘O  God,  have  mercy  on  me’, they  do  not  deserve  to  be  heard  or  to  enter  into  my  glory  since  they  did  not  want  to follow  their  Lord  in  suffering,  and,  therefore,  they  should  not  follow  him  to  the  glory. For  no  knight  can  please  his  Lord  and  be  taken  back  into  his  mercy  after  his  fall, unless  he  first  humbles  himself  in  penance  for  his  contempt.” 


…to be continued

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