I can’t write a post on testimonies about heaven without mentioning purgatory. That would be giving you an incomplete picture of the Mercy and Love of God. So here is what the saints, mystics, and eyewitnesses say about the place of purification and seven books that I recommend without reservation. (Don’t worry I don’t intend to write about hell. I’m hoping we don’t ever have to see what’s there.)
1. St. Faustina, Diary of St. Faustina: " ...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."
2. Jan Connell, The Queen of the Cosmos: “There are several levels in purgatory. The more you pray on earth, the higher your level in purgatory will be. The lowest level is the closest to hell, where the suffering is the most intense. The highest level is closest to heaven, and there the suffering is the least. What level you are depends on the state of purity of your soul. The lower the people are in purgatory and the less they are able to pray, the more they suffer. The higher a person is in purgatory and the easier it is for him to pray, the more he enjoys praying, and the less he suffers.” –Mirjana Dragicevic, Medjugorje seer.
3. Maria Simma, The Amazing Secret of the Souls in Purgatory An Interview with Maria Simma Sister Emmanuel of Medjugorje: “It is the Mother of God who comes [to purgatory]. Once I asked a poor soul if she could go to look for a soul I had been asked to find out about. She replied: “No, it is the Mother of Mercy who tells us about it.” Also, the souls in Heaven do not come to Purgatory. On the other hand, the angels are there: Saint Michael…and each soul has its guardian angel with it…they relieve suffering and provide comfort.”
4. An Unpublished Manuscript on Purgatory (available at http://spiritdaily.com): “When the soul leaves the body, it finds itself in such a bewildering light that in the twinkling of an eye it sees its whole life spread out, and at this sight, it sees what it deserves, and this same light pronounces its sentence. The soul does not see God but is annihilated by His presence. If the soul is guilty as I was, and therefore, deserves to go to Purgatory, it is so crushed by the weight of the faults that still remain to be blotted out, that it hurls itself into Purgatory. It is only then that one understands God and His love for souls and what a terrible evil sin is in the eyes of the Divine Justice….the Justice of God keeps us in Purgatory, and we deserve it, but His mercy and His fatherly Heart does not leave us here bereft of all consolation. We ardently desire complete union with Jesus, but He desires it as much as we do…There are in Purgatory very culpable souls but they are repentant, and notwithstanding the sins they have to expiate, they are confirmed in grace and can no longer sin. They are perfected as the soul is purified by degrees in this place of expiation.”
5. Anne, a Lay Apostle, The Mist of Mercy (available at: http://directionforourtimes.org): “I understood that there were levels and that souls taken now are granted the most extreme mercy imaginable because of the darkness of this time… Jesus drew me in through the mist and today took me further back. It became darker and dimmer. It was grey with heavier mist. Souls were even more isolated and turned into themselves, as it were. I stopped at a woman praying. She was nearly curled up in a ball and rocking, so great was her distress at the damage she had done through her disobedience on earth. Jesus revealed that she was a fortune teller and that she led many people astray. This woman was repeating over and over again, “I’m sorry. I’m sorry. I’m sorry.” She was in terrific remorse…I found that I was back in the park area. Jesus indicated a bridge…it crossed over a stream, arching a bit in the middle…Jesus prompted me to cross over and I did. I found myself in an area where people sat together at round tables and talked. I moved between the tables and listened. People were from different time periods, but they were all at this same area of purification...It was clear to me that these souls were helping each other to understand where they rejected Christ in their lives on earth. This park-like area is the final area of purgatory. These souls were all still in purgatory, still completing their purification…
“Today Our Lord brought me back to purgatory. I rested there and He began to show me what occurred on Christmas Day. I felt great joy and happiness and began to see souls around in the park. As I watched the perimeter where the mists begin, I could see the mist moving back, lightening and the boundary of fog actually dissipating. Souls began to walk into the park area laughing and smiling. Everyone seemed expectant. It was a beautiful time there. Jesus said that the souls in heaven participate in Christmas with great giving. Graces and joys are exchanged and granted and many souls are shown special mercy and brought to heaven from purgatory. Jesus said that on Christmas Day, all souls advance in purgatory, regardless of their location or level.”
6. Fr. Jose Maniyagat (at www.frmaniyagathealingministry.com) “After the visit to hell, my Guardian angel escorted me to Purgatory. Here too, there are seven degrees of suffering and unquenchable fire. But it is far less intense than hell and there was neither quarreling nor fighting. The main suffering of these souls is their separation from God. Some of those who are in Purgatory committed numerous mortal sins; but they were reconciled with God before their death. Even though these souls are suffering, they enjoy peace and the knowledge that one day they will see God face to face.
"I had a chance to communicate with the souls in Purgatory. They asked me to pray for them and to tell the people to pray for them as well, so they can go to heaven quickly. When we pray for these souls we will receive their gratitude through their prayers and once they enter heaven their prayers become even more meritorious."
7. Jesus, Matthew 5:26: “No one shall be released till he has paid every last penny.”