St. Faustina’s Vision of Purgatory

Part II

One night, a sister who had died two months previously came to me.  She was a sister of the first choir.  I saw her in a terrible condition, all in flames with her face painfully distorted.  This lasted only a short time, and then she disappeared.  A shudder went through my soul because I did not know whether she was suffering in purgatory or in hell.  Nevertheless, I redoubled my prayers for her.  The next night she came again, but I saw here in an even more horrible state, in the midst of flames which were even more intense, and despar was written all over her face.  I was astonished to see her in a worse condition after the prayers I had offered for her, and I asked,

“Haven’t my prayers helped you?” 

She answered that my prayers had not helped her and that nothing would help her.  I said to her, “And the prayers which the whole community has offered for you, have they not been any help to you?”  She said no, that these prayers had helped some other souls,  I replied, “If my prayers are not helping you, Sister, please stop coming to me.” She disappeared at once.  Despite this, I kept on praying.

After some time she came back again to me during the night, but already her appearance had changed.  There were no longer any flames, as there had been before, and her face was radiant, her eyes beaming with joy.  She told me that I had a true love for my neighbor and that amny other souls had profited from my prayers.  She urged me not to cease praying for the souls in purgatory, and she added that she herself would not remain there much longer.  How astounding are the decrees of God! 

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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 30