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

…continued
​The  Mother’s  most  lovely question to  the  bride,  the  humble  answer of  the  bride  to  the Mother,  and the  Mother’s  useful  answer  to the bride,  and  about  the improvement of good people among the evil. 
22nd Revelation
The  Mother  of  God  spoke  to  her Son’s  bride (St. Bridget),  saying: 
“You  are  my  Son’s  bride. Tell  me  what  is  on  your  mind  and  what  you  are  praying  for.”  The  bride  answered:“My  Lady,  you  know  it  very  well,  for  you  know  all  things.”  Then  the  Holy  Virgin  said: “Even  though  I  know  all  things,  I  would  still  like  to  hear  you  tell  me  while  those standing  here  present  are  listening.”  The  bride  said:  “My  Lady,  I  fear  two  things: First,  for  my  sins,  for  which  I  do  not  cry  and  make  amends  for  as  I  would  like. Second,  I  am  sad because  your  Son’s  enemies  are  so  many.” Then  the  Virgin  Mary  answered:  “In  regard  to  the  first  one,  I  give  you  three cures:  First,  think  about  how  all  things  that  have  spirit,  such  as  frogs  and  other animals,  have  troubles  sometimes,  and  yet  their  spirits  do  not  live  eternally  but  die with  the  body.  But  your  soul  and  every  human  soul  does  live  forever.  Second,  think about  the  mercy  of  God,  because  there  is  no  man  who  is  so  sinful  that  his  sin  is  not immediately  forgiven,  if  he  only  prays  for  God’s  forgiveness  with  an  intention  to better  himself  and  with  true  repentance  for  his  former  sins.  Third,  think  and visualize  about  how  great  the  glory  of  the  soul  is  when  she  lives  forever  with  God and  in  God. And  regarding  the  second,  namely,  that  the  enemies  of  God  are  so  many,  I  give you  three  cures  also:  First,  consider  that  your  God  and  your  Creator  and  theirs  is judge  over  them,  and  they  will  never  judge  him  again,  even  though  he  patiently bears  their  malice  for  a  time.  Second,  consider  that  they  are  the  sons  of  damnation and  how  heavy  and  intolerable  it  will  be  for  them  to  burn  for  all  eternity  in  hell. They  are  like  the  most  wicked  servants  who  will  lose  the  inheritance  of  the  kingdom of  Heaven,  while  the  sons  will  partake  of  the  inheritance.  But  now  maybe  you  will say:  ‘Should  not  one  preach  to  them?’  Yes,  of  course  one  should  preach  to  them! Consider  how  good  people  are  often  found  among  the  evil,  and  that  the  sons  of  evil sometimes  turn  away  from  the  good,  just  like  the  prodigal  son  who  demanded  his inheritance  from  his  father  and  went  away  to  a  faraway  kingdom  and  lived  an  evil life.  But  sometimes  they  are  seized  by  remorse  through  the  preaching  and  return  to the  Father,  and  they  are  more  welcome  to  him  then  as  if  they  had  never  been  sinful before.  Therefore,  one  should  preach  especially  to  them,  because,  even  though  the preacher  almost  only  sees  evil  people,  he,  nonetheless,  thinks  to  himself:  ‘Perhaps there  are  some  among  them  who  will  become  the  sons  of  my  Lord;  I  will  therefore preach  to  them.’  This  kind  of  preacher  will  receive  the  greatest  reward.  Third, consider  that  the  wicked  are  allowed  to  live  as  a  trial  for  the  good,  so  that,  if  they  are sorrowful  for  the  behavior  of  the  wicked,  they  might  be  rewarded  with  the  fruit  of patience,  as  you  will  understand  better  by  the  following  parable. The  rose  smells  sweet,  is  beautiful  to  look  upon,  is  soft  to  the  touch,  and  yet  it only  grows  among  thorns  that  are  sharp  to  the  touch,  hideous  to  look  upon,  and  do not  have  a  pleasant  scent.  Similarly,  good  and  righteous  men,  even  though  they  are soft  in  their  patience,  beautiful  in  their  virtues,  and  sweet  smelling  in  their  good example,  still  cannot  become  perfected  or  be  put  to  the  test  except  among  the  evil. Sometimes  the  thorn  also  protects  the  rose  so  that  it  will  not  be  picked  before  it  has bloomed;  likewise,  the  evil  give  the  good  an  occasion  and  a  reason  not  to  fall  into  sin, and  sometimes  the  good  are  restrained  by  their  malice  so  that  they  do  not  fall  into immoderate  cheerfulness  or  lust  or  any  other  sin.  A  wine  will  become  good unless  it  is  stored  in  the  dreg,  and  neither  can  the  good  and  righteous  remain  and improve  in  virtues  if  they  are  not  tested  through  afflictions  and  persecutions  by  the unrighteous.  So  tolerate  willingly  the  enemies  of  my  Son,  and  remember  that  he  is their  judge,  and  that  he,  if  justice  demanded  to  destroy  them  all,  could  easily exterminate  them  in  a  moment.  Therefore,  may  you  tolerate  them  as  long  as  he tolerates  them.” 
The  words  of  Christ  to  his  bride about  a  false  man,  who  is  called an enemy  of  God,  and about his hypocrisy and all his characteristics. 
23rd Revelation

“This  man  appears  to  the  people  to  be  a  well-dressed,  strong,  and  attractive man,  who  is  brave  in  his  Lord’s  battle,  but  when  his  helmet  is  removed  from  his head,  he  is  ugly  and  disgusting  to  look  at  and  is  useless  for  work.  His  brain  is  seen  to be  bare.  His  ears  are  on  his  forehead  and  his  eyes  are  in  his  neck.  His  nose  is dissevered  and  his  cheeks  are  altogether  sunken  like  those  of  a  dead  man.  On  the right  side,  his  chin  and  half  of  his  lips  have  all  fallen  off,  so  that  nothing  is  left  on  the right  side  except  his  throat  which  is  seen  to  be  all  uncovered.  His  chest  is  full  of swarming  worms  and  his  arms  are  like  two  snakes.  The  most  poisonous  scorpion lives  in  his  heart.  His  back  is  like  burnt  coal.  His  intestines  are  stinking  and  rotting like  pus-filled,  unclean  flesh.  His  feet  are  dead  and  useless  to  walk  with. I  will  tell  you  what  all  this  signifies.  On  the  outside  he  appears  to  people  to  be decorated  with  good  habits,  wisdom  and  bravery  in  the  service  and  honor  of  me,  but he  is  by  no  means  like  that.  For  if  the  helmet  were  removed  from  his  head,  that  is,  if it  were  shown  to  people  how  he  really  is  spiritually  in  his  soul,  he  would  be  uglier than  all  men.  His  brain  is  bare  because  his  foolish  customs  and  frivolity  clearly demonstrate  to  good  men  that  he  is  unworthy  of  such  an  honor.  For  if  my  wisdom pleased  him,  he  would  understand  how  much  his  honor  is  greater  than  others, thereby  clothing  himself  in  the  most  rigorous  of  conduct  and  divine  virtues  as compared  to  others. The  ears  are  on  his  forehead  because,  instead  of  having  the  humility  due  to  his high  dignity  in  being  a  light  for  others  to  teach  them  good  things,  he  only  wants  to hear  about  his  own  praise  and  glory,  thereby  becoming  so  prideful  that  he  only wants  to  be  called  great  and  good  by  everyone.  He  has  eyes  in  his  neck,  because  all his  thoughts  are  turned  to  the  present  instead  of  the  eternal.  He  thinks  about  how  to please  men  and  about  the  requirements  for  the  needs  of  the  flesh,  but  not  about  how he  may  please  me  and  benefit  souls.  His  nose  is  dissevered,  since  he  has  lost  all rational  discretion  whereby  he  might  see  and  distinguish  between  sin  and  virtue, between  worldly  honor  and  eternal  honor,  between  worldly  and  eternal  riches, between  the  short  pleasures  of  the  world  and  the  eternal  pleasures. His  cheeks  are  sunken,  that  is,  all  the  veneration  he  should  have  for  me,  with the  beauty  of  the  virtues  whereby  he  might  please  me,  are  entirely  dead  in  the service  of  me:  for  he  is  ashamed  to  sin  in  front  of  men  but  not  in  front  of  me.  One part  of  his  cheekbone  and  lips  has  fallen  off  so  that  nothing  remains  except  for  his throat,  for  the  imitation  of  my  works  and  the  preaching  of  my  words,  in  addition  to  a divine  and  fervent  prayer,  have  totally  fallen  off  from  him  so  that  nothing  remains  in him  except  his  gluttonous  throat.  But  to  imitate  the  wicked  and  to  be  involved  in worldly  affairs  seems  altogether  healthy  and  beautiful  to  him. His  chest  is  full  of  worms,  because  in  his  chest,  where  the  remembrance  of  my suffering  and  the  thought  and  consideration  of  my  deeds  and  commandments should  be,  there  is  only  a  care  for  the  things  of  the  world  with  the  desire  and  greed of  the  world,  which  are  like  worms  devouring  his  conscience  so  that  he  does  not think  of  spiritual  or  divine  things.  In  his  heart,  where  I  would  wish  to  dwell  and  my love  should  be,  there  now  sits  the  most  evil  scorpion  with  a  stinging  tail  and  an enticing  face  and  tongue;  because  pleasing  and  reasonable  words  proceed  from  his mouth,  but  his  heart  is  full  of  injustice  and  deceit,  because  he  does  not  care  if  the church  he  is  supervising  gets  destroyed,  as  long  as  he  can  fulfill  his  own  will. His  arms  are  like  two  snakes,  because  in  his  malice  he  reaches  out  his  arms  to the  simple-minded  and  calls  them  to  himself  with  simplicity,  but,  when  he  gets  a suitable  opportunity,  he  causes  them  to  fall  pitifully.  Like  a  snake,  he  coils  himself into  a  ring,  because  he  hides  his  malice  and  unrighteousness,  so  that  barely  anyone can  understand  his  treacherous  plans.  He  is  like  the  most  vile  snake  in  my  sight,  for just  as  the  snake  is  more  detestable  than  any  other  animal,  so  is  he  more  ugly  in  my sight  than  any  other  man,  since  he  counts  my  justice  as  nothing  and  holds  me  to  be as  a  man who is unwilling to  judge  righteously. His  back  is  like  coal,  but  it  should  be  like  ivory  since  his  deeds  should  be  more mighty  and  pure  than  others  in  order  to  be  able  to  better  carry  the  weak  through  his patience  and  his  example  of  a  good  life.  But  now  he  is  like  coal,  because  he  is  too impatient  to  endure  a  single  word  for  my  honor,  unless  he  benefits  from  it.  Yet  he seems  to  be  mighty  to  the  world.  Therefore,  when  he  thinks  he  stands,  he  will  fall, since  he  is  as  hideous  and  lifeless  as  coal  before  me  and  my  saints. His  intestines  stink,  because  his  thoughts  and  desires  smell  like  rotting  flesh before  me  with  a  stench  that  no  one  can  tolerate.  Neither  can  any  of  my  saints tolerate  him,  but  everyone  turns  his  face  away  from  him  and  demands  a  judgment over  him.  His  feet  are  dead.  His  two  feet  are  his  two  dispositions  towards  me,  that  is, his  will  to  make  amends  for  the  sins  he  has  done  and  his  will  to  do  good  deeds.  But these  feet  are  altogether  dead  in  him,  because  all  the  marrow  of  love  is  consumed  in him  and  nothing  is  left  in  him  except  the  hardened  bones.  And  in  this  way  he  stands before  me.  However,  as  long  as  the  soul  is  with  the  body,  he  can  find  my  mercy.”

EXPLANATION
Saint  Lawrence  appeared  and said: 
“When  I  was  in  the  world,  I  had  three things:  self-purity,  mercy  to  my  neighbor,  and  love  of  God.  Therefore  I  preached  the word  of  God  fervently,  distributed  the  goods  of  the  Church  wisely,  and  suffered  the scourging,  fire,  and  death  gladly.  But  this  bishop  tolerates  and  pretends  not  to  notice the  incontinence  of  the  clergy,  and  he  liberally  distributes  the  goods  of  the  Church  to the  rich  and  shows  love  only  toward  himself  and  his  own  friends.  Therefore,  I declare  to  him  that  the  lightest  cloud  now  has  ascended  into  heaven,  but  dark  smoke of  fire  overshadows  it  so  that  it  cannot  be  seen  by  many.  This  cloud  is  the  prayer  of the  Mother  of  God  for  the  Holy  Church.  The  fire  of  greed,  ungodliness,  and unrighteousness  darken  it  so  much  that  the  mercy  of  the  Mother  of  God  cannot easily  enter  the  hearts  of  the  wretched.  Therefore,  let  the  bishop  quickly  turn  to  the divine  love  by  correcting  himself  and  his  subordinates,  admonishing  them  with  his good  example  and  word,  and  leading  them  to  a  better  life.  Otherwise,  he  will  feel  the hand  of  the  judge  which  is  his  vengeance  and  justice,  and  his  church  will  be  purged by  fire  and  the  sword  and  afflicted  by  plundering  and  tribulation  so  that  it  will  be  a long  time  before  anyone  consoles  her.” 
God  the  Father’s  words  before the host  of  the  kingdom  of  Heaven, and  the  answer  of the  Son  and Mother,  to  the  Father  asking  for mercy  for  the  daughter,  that  is, the Church. 
24th Revelation
God  the  Father  spoke  while  the whole  host  of  heaven  was listening,  and  said: 
“Before  you all,  I  complain  over  giving  my  ‘daughter’ (The Church) to  a  ‘man’  who  tortures  her greatly  and  without  measure,  crushing  her  feet  in  the  stocks  so  severely  that  all  the marrow  has  gone  out  of  her  feet.”  
The  Son (Jesus) answered  him:  
“Father,  she  is  the  one  I redeemed  with  my  blood  and  espoused  to  myself,  but  now  she  has  been  brutally violated.”  
Then  the  Mother  of  God  spoke and  said:  
“You  are  my  God  and  my  Lord, and  your  blessed  Son’s  limbs  were  enclosed  within  my  body,  who  is  your  true  Son and  my  true  Son.  I  refused  you  nothing  on  earth.  Have  mercy  on  your  daughter  for the  sake  of  my prayers.” 
Thereafter  the  Angels  spoke, saying:  
“You  are  our  Lord  and  Creator;  in  you  we possess  every  good  thing,  and  we  need  nothing  but  you.  We  all  rejoiced  when  your bride  went  forth  from  you,  but  now  we  are  rightly  sad,  because  she  has  been  given into  the  hands  of  the  worst  man  who  insults  her  with  all  kinds  of  mocking  and abuse.  Have  mercy  on  her  for  the  sake  of  your  great  mercy,  for  her  misery  is  very great,  and  there  is  no  one  to  console  and  save  her  but  you  Lord,  God  Almighty.” 
Then  God  the  Father  answered the  Son,  saying:  


“O  my  Son,  your  grievance  is my  grievance,  your  word  my  word,  your  deeds  my  deeds.  You  are  in  me  and  I  am  in you  inseparably.  Your  will  be  done!”  
Then  he  said  to  the  Mother  of the  Son:  
“Since you  did  not  refuse  me  anything  on  earth,  I  will  not  refuse  you  anything  in  heaven, and  your  will  shall  be  fulfilled.” 
Then  he  said  to  the  Angels:  
“You  are  my  friends,  and the  flame  of  your  love  burns  in  my  heart.  Therefore,  I  shall  have  mercy  on  my daughter (The Church) for  the  sake  of  your  prayers.” 

…to be continued

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