"To assist the souls in Purgatory is to perform the most excellent of the works of mercy, or rather, it is to practice in a most sublime manner all the works of mercy together; it is to visit the sick; it is to give drink to those who thirst for the vision of God; it is to feed the hungry, to ransom prisoners, to clothe the naked; it is to comfort the afflicted, to practice all the works of mercy in one."
St. Frances de Sales.
"I asked the Lord who I should pray for. 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. I asked these souls what their greatest suffering was. In one voice they answered that their greatest torment was longing for God.
I saw Our Lady visiting the souls in Purgatory. The souls called Her. 'The Star of the Sea.' She brings them refreshment. I wanted to talk with them 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."
St. Faustina Kowalska.
Canonization is a work of the Catholic Church. Our work, through Our Merciful Mother, is to lovingly join our prayers with Hers, that we too may be in closer communion with the suffering souls, souls in fact, among whom all but the most perfect of us, shall one day also know Purgatory's pain.