I believe in Purgatory, and pray for the Holy Sous there. Numerous Catholic saints, seers and religious have received visions of Purgatory, received
communications from souls in purgatory, and some actually visited Purgatory.
"Some imagine that the Catholic Church has an elaborate doctrine of purgatory worked out, but there are only three essential components of the
doctrine: (1) that a purification after death exists, (2) that it involves some kind of pain, and (3) that the purification can be assisted by the
prayers and offerings by the living to God. Other ideas, such that purgatory is a particular "place" in the afterlife or that it takes time to
accomplish, are speculations rather than doctrines."
The modern day seer Christina Gallagher has seen Purgatory many times:
The Venerable Mary Ann Lindmayer, a Carmelite mystic, received numerous revelations and visions of Purgatory. Here are a few exerpts from her
descriptions of them:
"On May 15th, after Holy Communion in the Jesuit church I was taken into Purgatory. I saw ahead of me a gigantic pit of which I could not see the
finish because it was in a state of total darkness. Nevertheless I was able to determine that this pit was occupied, but I cannot describe its exact
shape. It seems to me that from one end to the other there was a state of great disorder and a horrible smell, like a pigsty.
I had to remain there for a long time, even though it made me feel very nauseous. After this I saw another place, on the right hand side, but close
by to the monstrous pit. This place appeared to me similar to a mill wheel, from which swelling water was cascading. But it was a cascade of fire,
which was falling off, and I was astonished that there could be a cascade of fiery water.
But when I came back to myself, I understood: the deep endless pit was hell; the cascade, was Purgatory where poor souls are plunged as in a fiery
water. From my dealings with the Souls in Purgatory I clearly saw that they are fully united to the will of God; that they are extremely patient in
their sufferings; that they are really happy to have escaped hell- much deserved by their sins during their lifetime- and to find themselves in
Purgatory. I wish that we on earth could emulate this resignation in our sufferings and adversities because, then, we would not be able to find
impatience on this earth.
It was also revealed to me that to the Holy Souls, 1 hour seems longer than 20 years of extreme suffering on this earth. I also understood that even
if we could arrange for them to get out of Purgatory and to go to Heaven, although not completely purified, the Holy Souls would rather stay until
judgment day than appear before God even with the smallest stain.
I saw, among the Dear Souls in Purgatory, a patience beyond words, and I learned from them to accept obedience lovingly. I realised how, through the
application of this holy virtue, we can help them and render them great service and quickly. Oh yes, we can indeed call them Holy, the Holy Souls of
Purgatory, since they are full of love for God. They burn more with the love of God and the desire to be with Him who is so good and to rejoice in
His presence. This fire of love burns them more than the fire of punishment.
Another time, I saw Purgatory as a prison of fire, as a place where the fire is frightening. All the fires of the world united could not compare to
it, and the poor souls were plunged into it like sparks. They are so numerous that my eyes could not embrace at a glance the entire multitude, so
vast it is.
Shortly after, Purgatory was shown to me as a large fishpond in which there were a great multitude of fishes. These fishes were entirely white and
were tending their open mouths towards me. It was indicated to me that I should refresh them by the tears of my eyes and the blood of Jesus-Christ,
by offering it for them. It was also told to me that I should spread salt over them. I did not understand this right away, until it was explained to
me: I had to do good deeds and offer them for these poor Souls.
To give an idea of the vast number of these poor Souls, God made me see Purgatory in the form of an anthill. I asked why the Souls were shown to me
in this way. I was given to understand that an anthill has a outer cover so we cannot actually see the great number of ants inside. But if we stir
it with a stick, or if we put smoke to it, the ants will come out by the thousands. I realized from this that there were in Purgatory, many, many
Souls hidden from our eyes, as in a covered anthill as I had just seen.
It was really on this account that so much eagerness towards me was shown by these Souls. It was His mercy that was revealing the reality of the
countless souls in Purgatory. Christ wanted to show plainly that very few people really care about the Souls in Purgatory in a way that helps them.
He was using me, as it were, as the end of a stick to stir up the anthill, for me to see in Purgatory the hidden crowd of Souls that we think are
already in Heaven.
I was again told that I should consider the very brief time of these sufferings which, when in reality, compared to eternity, is nothing but a short
instant. Or again, to consider the infinite reward that Heaven will be after these sufferings. To gain Heaven means that we shall suffer. Now, most
people do not suffer since they do not believe in this virtue that we have to do penance to expiate our sins. So, it cannot be otherwise: they will
be retained for a long time in this place.
On March 10th 1714, it was also revealed to me that in the Holy state of marriage a lot of great sins are committed. That’s why God punishes many
severely already in this life, but more severely still in the next life. There many married people are damned because they did not live as they
should have in accordance with their state.
The poor Souls showed me that in the next life all is calculated with an absolute precision and that in this life it is most difficult to comprehend.
At the beginning I was often astounded that there could be so many Souls in Purgatory, and for so long, while we believed them to be long since in
The stay in Purgatory can often last hundreds of years. All this led me to understand how very much God is offended by sin. All that has not been
expiated in this life has to be expiated in the next.
In 1704, I was visited by a Soul. It was the Soul of a deceased person, dead for 15 years. During her life, she was known to be a pious woman. She
told me: "We don’t make it to Heaven so quickly"; it is also a suffering that people consider you a saint, because not enough effort is made to
pray for you."