Messages For Our Times  








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


     "[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 by 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.  (Dairy 20)


     Once I was summoned to the judgment [seat] of God. I stood alone before the Lord. Jesus appeared such as we know Him during His Passion.  After a moment, His wounds disappeared excepts for five, those in His hands, His feet and His side. Suddenly I saw the complete condition of my soul as God sees it. I could clearly see all that is displeasing to God. I did not know that even the smallest transgressions will have to be accounted for. What a moment! Who can describe it? To stand before the Thrice-Holy God! Jesus asked me, "Who are you?" I answered, "I am your servant, Lord." You are guilty of one day of fire in purgatory.  I wanted to throw myself immediately into the flames of purgatory, but Jesus stopped me and said, "Which do you prefer, suffer now for one day in purgatory or for a short while on earth?"  I replied,  "Jesus, I want to suffer in purgatory, and I want to suffer also the greatest pains on earth, even if it were to the end of the world."  Jesus said, "[One of the two] is enough; you will go back to earth, and there you will suffer much, but not for long; you will accomplish My will and My desires, and a faithful servant of Mine will help you to do this. Now, rest your head on My bosom, on My heart and draw from it strength and power for these sufferings, because you will find neither relief, nor help, nor comfort, anywhere else. Know that you will have much, much to suffer, but don't let this frighten you; I am with you." (Diary 36)


     One evening, one of the deceased sisters, who had already visited me a few times, appeared to me. The first time I had seen her, she had been in great suffering, and then gradually these sufferings had diminished; this time she was radiant with happiness, and she told me she was already in heaven. And further, as a sign that she only now was in heaven, God would bless our house. Then she came closer to me, embraced me sincerely and said, "I must go now."  I understood how closely the three stages of a soul's life are bound together; that is to say, life on earth, in purgatory and in heaven [the Communion of Saints]. (Dairy 594)


     After Vespers today, there was a procession to the cemetery.  I could not go, because I was on duty at the gate.  But that did not stop me at all from praying for the souls.  As the procession was returning from the cemetery to the chapel, my soul felt the presence of many souls.  I understood the great Justice of God, how each one had to pay off the debt to the last cent. (Dairy 1375)