The Revelations of St. Birgitta of Sweden
Chapter 99: Christ Is Like a Worm
1 The Mother says: “At the time of my Son’s suffering, when his betrayer Judas approached, 1he bent down—for Judas was small of size—and gave him a kiss and said: 2 ‘Friend, for what have you come?’ And some of those there seized him immediately, while others pulled him by the hair or defiled him with their spittle.”
3 Then the Son spoke, saying: “I am regarded as a worm, lying as though dead in the winter. Passersby spit on it and trample it down. This day 2the Jews treated me like a worm, 3for they held me to be the lowest and most unworthy of creatures. 4 Even so do Christians scorn me, for they regard as meaningless everything I have done and endured for them out of love. 5 They trample me down each time they fear and venerate man more than me, their God, each time they count my judgment for naught and fix the time and measure for my mercy according to their own conceptions. 6 They strike me in the teeth whenever, having heard of my commandments and suffering, they say: ‘Let us do whatever delights us in the present, and we shall obtain heaven nonetheless. 7 If God had wanted us to perish or to punish us eternally, he would not have created us or redeemed us at such a bitter cost.’ That is why they shall experience my justice. While not the least little good will go unrewarded, neither will the least little evil remain unpunished. 8 They treat me with scorn, as though crushing me underfoot, whenever they disregard the church’s sentence of excommunication. As the excommunicated are shunned by others, 4so too such as these will be separated from me, inasmuch as excommunication, when it is known but scorned, causes more grievous injury than a physical sword.
9 Since, then, I appear as a worm to them, I will now come to life again through my terrible judgment. My coming will be so terrible that those who see it will say to the mountains: ‘Fall upon us, cover us from the wrathful face of God!’ ”
O God, I come to drown my darkness into your Light; my misery into your Splendour, my heart into your Heart, and my will into your Will.
Did a Magdalene, a Paul, a Constantine, an Augustine become mountains of ice after their conversion? Quite the contrary. We should never have had these prodigies of conversion and marvelous holiness if they had not changed the flames of human passion into volcanoes of immense love of God.
The true and pure discernment of God’s Will is the discernment of what is Good, of what is Mercy and Love. In such discernment one asks the Lord by the Holy Spirit in Mary: ‘In what way dear Lord, can I love you most? How can I love you most? Which path, which decision; by which action, thought or word can you in me, bring you the greatest Glory?
Happy Feast Day of St. Francis De Sales!
"True progress quietly and persistently moves along without notice."
He was still speaking, when lo, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.” When the disciples heard this, they fell on their faces, and were filled with awe. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Rise, and have no fear.” Mt 7:5-8
Ah! If only one would do as much for God as one does for the World!…
You must think only of loving Me! I will think of everything else, even to the smallest details!
Jesus to the Servant of God Sr. Consolata Betrone
Sanctity means self-forgetfulness in everything, in thoughts, desires, words….Allow Me to do it all! I will do everything; but you should, at every moment, give Me what I ask for with much love!
Jesus to the Servant of God. Sister Consolata Betrone
The Holy Eucharist is a fire that purifies and consumes all our miseries and imperfections. Do everything in your power to make yourself worthy of the Eucharist, and this Divine Fire will take care of the rest.
— St. Hyacinth of Mariscotti
For [earthly] happiness [is] due to the intoxication which causes the world to forget you, its Creator, and to love the things you have created instead of loving you, because the world is drunk with the invisible wine of its own perverted, earthbound will.
With the whole Heart of Mary, I trust in Thee my Sweet Jesus.
What I recommend most earnestly is not to lose heart when you are tempted. Do you wish to succeed? The best way is to reveal the temptations to your spiritual director immediately. The devil loves darkness. He always operates in the dark because he knows that if he is discovered he is beaten.
We are all golden calves that must be melted by the Fire of Divine Love; poured forth into the Immaculate Mold which is Mary, so that we may become perfect in image and likeness to Christ Jesus our Beloved.
"We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become. If we love things, we become a thing. If we love nothing, we become nothing. Imitation is not a literal mimicking of Christ, rather it means becoming the image of the beloved, an image disclosed through transformation. This means we are to become vessels of God´s compassionate love for others."
St. Clare of Assisi