Why did God make us, knowing that we would sin? (And Various Other Revelations Given to St. Hildegard)

The following words were revealed by God to St. Hildegard von Bingen (taken from her ‘Scivias’):

29. Why God made Man such that he could sin

“Therefore listen and understand Me, you who say in your hearts, “What are these things and why?” Oh, why are you so foolish in your hearts, you who have been made in the image and likeness of God? How can such great glory and honor, which is given to you, exist without testing, as if it were an empty case of nothing? Gold must be tested in the fire, and precious stones, to smooth them, must be polished, and all things of this kind must be diligently scrutinized. Hence, O foolish humans, how can that which was made in the image and likeness of God exist without testing? For Man must be examined more than any other creature, and therefore he must be tested through every other creature. How?
Spirit is to be tested by spirit, flesh by flesh, earth by water, fire by cold, fight by resistance, good by evil, beauty by deformity, poverty by riches, sweetness by bitterness, health by sickness, long by short, hard by soft, height by depth, light by darkness, life by death, Paradise by punishments, the Heavenly Kingdom by Gehenna, earthly things by earthly things and heavenly things by heavenly things. Hence Man is tested by every creature, in Paradise, on earth and in Hell; and then he is placed in Heaven. You see clearly only a few things among many that are hidden from your eyes. So why do you deride what is right, plain and just, and good among all good things in the sight of God? Why do you think these things unjust? God is just, but the human race is unjust in transgressing God’s precepts when it claims to be wiser than God.

30. Man should not examine the highest things since he cannot the lowest ones

Now tell me, O human: What do you think you were when you were not yet in soul and body? Truly you do not know how you were created. But now, O human, you wish to investigate Heaven and earth, and to judge of their justice in God’s disposition, and to know the highest things though you are not able to examine the lowest; for you do not know how you live in the body, or how you may be divested of the body. He Who created you in the first human foresaw all these things; but that same most gentle Father sent His Only-Begotten to die for the people, to deliver humanity from the power of the Devil.”

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Some Further Revelations Given to St. Hildegard

An Admonishment (one that is very relevant for our times)

“A man who sins with another man as if with a woman sins bitterly against God and against the union with which God united male and female… And men who touch their own genital organ and emit their semen seriously imperil their souls, for they excite themselves to distraction; they appear to Me as impure animals devouring their own whelps, for they wickedly produce their semen only for abusive pollution.”

Instruction on Spiritual Reading

“But now the Catholic faith wavers among the nations and the Gospel limps among the people; and the mighty books in which the excelling doctors had summed up knowledge with great care go unread from shameful apathy, and the food of life, which is the divine Scriptures, cools to tepidity.”

How to Remain Chaste

“When a person feels himself disturbed by bodily stimulation, let him run to the refuge of continence, and seize the shield of chastity, and thus defend himself from uncleanness. How? Let him cast out the tares from the wheat, which is to say, let him separate the clamor of lust from the sweetness of chastity. And whoever thus casts out of himself the taste for lust is very sweet and lovable to Me.”

The Delights of Paradise

“But Paradise is the place of delight, which blooms with the freshness of flowers and grass and the charms of spices, full of fine odors and dowered with the joy of blessed souls, giving invigorating moisture to the dry ground; it supplies strong force to the earth, as the soul gives strength to the body, for Paradise is not darkened by shadow or the perdition of sinners.”

33 Church-approved Mystics

Below is a list of Church-approved mystics for your reading pleasure – and most importantly, for your spiritual edification.

Each of these mystics received more than a few private revelations. How inspiring, how reliable, how insightful are these revelations when compared with so many alleged revelations nowadays!

  1. Sr. Josefa Menendez
  2. St. Faustina
  3. Sr. Benigna Consolata
  4. Ven. Concepcion Cabrera de Armida
  5. Ven. Louise Margaret **
  6. Bl. Alexandrina da Costa
  7. Ven. Mary of Agreda
  8. Mother Yvonne-Aimée of Jesus **
  9. St. Teresa of Avila
  10. St. Catherine of Siena
  11. St. Hildegard von Bingen
  12. St. Bridget of Sweden
  13. St. Margaret of Cortona
  14. St. Gertrude
  15. St. Mechtilde
  16. Bl. Angela of Foligno
  17. Sr. Consolata Betrone
  18. Sr. Mary of the Holy Trinity
  19. St. Gemma Galgani
  20. Bl. Dina Belanger
  21. Sr. Marie-Catherine Putigny
  22. St. Crescentia
  23. St. Veronica Giuliani
  24. Bl. Battista Varani
  25. Mechtilde of Magdeburg
  26. St. Catherine of Genoa
  27. Bl. Elena Aiello
  28. Bl. Anna Maria Taigi
  29. Bl. Elizabeth Canori-Mora
  30. Sr. Jeanne Benigne Gojos
  31. Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich
  32. St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi
  33. St. Elizabeth of Hungary

The two mystics marked with a double asterisk are, to my knowledge, the only (individuals from the list) whose revelations cannot be found online. In the majority of cases, the mystics’ revelations can be found on archive.org

"Nigna, little Secretary of My love for My creatures, thou shalt write, others shall publishthy writings. Thine it is to taste the Gift of God in silence; others shall propagate these pages for the glory of God..."
- Jesus to Sr. Benigna Consolata

A Simple Way to “Pray Always”

OUR Lord said to the virgin Catherine [St. Catherine of Siena]: “The holy desire of the soul, that is to say, good-will, is a continual prayer, because it has the power of prayer. And, whatsoever man does for the love of God and of his neighbour, may be called prayer, since love is accounted as prayer.

Good-will and pious affections should, however, at certain seasons and hours, be raised to Me by actual devotion. Know, daughter, that the soul that perseveres in humble and faithful prayer, attains to all virtue.”

Source: https://archive.org/details/workslouisofbloi00bloiuoft (‘Spiritual Works of Louis of Blois)

Some Revelations about the Catholic Faith

“… before the world ends the Son of Man will be brilliantly and beautifully seen in the Catholic Faith.”

– The Eternal Father to St. Hildegard von Bingen

+ Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden: “… receive and venerate the sacraments of My Church.” (Bk 4, Ch 129)

+ Jesus to St. Bridget of Sweden: “She [the Catholic Church] is by nature outstanding by reason of her faith, beautiful by reason of the seven sacraments, laudable by reason of her conduct and virtue, lovable by reason of her fruits, for she reveals the true way to eternity.” (Bk 3, Ch 24)

+ Our Lady to Ven. Mary of Agreda: “Faith illumines and ennobles the understanding of man, since it directs him in the darkness of his natural ignorance, not to stray from the way, and it elevates him above himself so that he sees and under stands with infallible certainty what is far above his powers and assures him of it no less than if he saw it clearly before him. He is thus freed from the gross and vile narrow-mindedness of those who will believe only what they can experience by their own limited natural powers, not considering that the soul, as long as it lives in the prison of this corruptible body, is very much circumscribed and limited in its sphere of action by the knowledge drawn from the coarse activity of the senses. Appreciate, therefore, my daughter, this priceless treasure of the Catholic faith given thee by God, watch over it and practice it in great esteem and reverence.”

+ The Eternal Father to St. Hildegard von Bingen: “Let them lay bare these wounds by making a humble confession to a priest. And why is this? Because true confession is a second resurrection. How? The human race was slain by the fall of the old Adam; the new Adam by His death raised it up. And so the resurrection of souls arose in the death of the new Adam. And so a person should confess their sins, as the old Adam did not; for he concealed his transgression instead of confessing. How? He did not confess it by repenting, but concealed it by accusing the woman. Hence confession was instituted, to raise people up after they fall. And so anyone who confesses their sins to a priest for love of Me rises again from death to life; as the woman who purged herself from her impurity with tears at the banquet in the presence of My Son was snatched away from uncleanness (cf. Luke 7:36-50)… They should confess their sins to the priest, who is the minister of My Son, with devoted heart and mouth. And then the priest will give them a remedy of penance and bury their sins in the death of My Only-Begotten. And then they will rise again to life and glorify the Resurrection of My Son.” (Scivias II.6.82-83)

+ The Eternal Father to St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi: “Blood and water came out of His side, that the Church might be, like her Bridegroom, clear and ruddy — clear as the waters of His side, and ruddy as the blood…” (p. 391)