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Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Excerpts from St. Bridget of Sweden –Prophesies & Revelations



St. Bridget of Sweden –Prophesies & Revelations

St. Bridgett of Sweden
 Chapter Seven

The words of the glorious Virgin to Saint Bridget about how to dress and with what kind of clothes and ornaments her daughter should be adorned and clothed.

“I am Mary who gave birth to the Son of God, true God and true man. I am the Queen of Angels. My son loves you with all of his heart. 

Therefore, you should love Him. You should be adorned with the most proper clothes, and I will show you how and what kind they should be.

Just as before you had an undershirt, a shirt, shoes, a cloak, and a brooch on your chest, so now you shall have spiritual clothes.  

The undershirt you shall have is contrition for your sins; for just as an undershirt is closest to the body, so contrition and confession are the first way of conversion to God. Through these the mind, which once enjoyed sin, is purified, and the unchaste flesh restrained from evil lusts. 

The two shoes are two intentions:  namely, the will to make amendment for your past sins, and the will to do good and refrain from evil

Your shirt is hope in God; and just as a shirt has two sleeves, so may justice and mercy be paired with your hope, so that you will hope for the mercy of God, yet not forget His justice. Think about His justice and harsh judgment in such a way that you do not forget His mercy, for He does not work justice without mercy, or mercy without justice. 

The cloak is faith, for just as the cloak covers everything and everything is enclosed in it, man can likewise comprehend and attain all things by faith. This cloak should be decorated with the tokens of your Bridegroom’s love - namely, how He created you, how He redeemed you, how He raised you and led you into His spirit and opened your spiritual eyes. 

Mary the Mother of God, Queen of Angels
The brooch, which should always be on your chest, is the frequent consideration of His suffering: how He was mocked and scourged, how He stood alive on the cross, bloody and wounded in all His limbs, how in death His whole body shook from the most bitter pain and anguish, and how He commended His spirit into the hands of His Father. May this brooch always be on your chest! 

There should also be a crown on your head, which means that you should be chaste in your desires, so much so, that you would rather endure a beating and pain than to be further stained.  Therefore, be modest and polite and do not think about or desire anything but
your God and Creator - 

for when you have Him, you have everything! 

Adorned in this way, 
you shall await your Bridegroom.”