St. Faustina’s Vision of Purgatory


Shortly after this, I fell ill [general exhaustion].  The dear Mother Superior sent me with two other sister for a rest to Skolimow, not far from Warsaw.  It was at that time that I asked the Lord for whom else should I pray for.  Jesus said that on the following night He would let me know for whom I should pray.

[The next night] I saw my Guardian Angel, who ordered me to follow him.  In a moment I was in a misty place full of fire in which there was a great crowd of suffering souls.  They were praying fervently, but to no avail, for themselves; only we can come to their aid.  The flames which were burning them did not touch me at all.  My Guardian Angel did not leave me for an instant.  I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was.  They answered me in one voice that their greatest torment was longing for God.  I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory.  The souls call her “The Star of the Sea.”  She brings them refreshment.  I wanted to talk with them some more, but my Guardian Angel beckoned me to leave.  We went out of that prison of suffering.  [I heard an interior voice] which said,

My mercy does not want this, but justice demands it. 

Since that time, I am in closer communion with the suffering souls.

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Divine Mercy in My Soul: The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed Sacrament
Marian Press. Stockholm, MA 2007 – 24th printing, page 11