St. Faustina’s Vision of Purgatory

Part III

 . . . towards evening I felt very exhausted and could not make my Holy Hour, so I asked Mother Superior to allow me to go to bed early.  I fell asleep as soon as I lay down, but at about eleven o’clock Satan shook my bed.  I awoke instantly, and I started to pray peacefully to my Guardian Angel.  Then I saw the souls who were doing penance in purgatory.  They appeared like shadows, and among them I saw many demons.  One of these tried to vex me; taking the form of a cat, he kept throwing himself onto my bed and on my feet, and he was quite heavy, as if [weighing] a ton.

I kept praying the rosary all the while, and towards dawn the beings vanished, and I was able to get some sleep.  When I entered the chapel in the morning I heard a voice in my soul,

You are united to Me; fear nothing.  But know, my child, that Satan hates you;  he hates every soul, but he burns with a particular hatred for you because you have snatched so many souls from his dominion. 


NOTE:  Note that in this vision, demons are seen tormenting some souls even though they are in purgatory.  This over laps with Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich’s  visions of purgatory, where there are three different “spheres” or levels of purgatory.  According to Blessed Anne Catherine Emmerich, demons are allowed to torment souls in the lowest level of purgatory, which is allegedly close to the gates of Hell.  There is another private revelation of purgatory which is more specific to the different levels of purgatory. . See “An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory.”

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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, pp 183-184