Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich and the Holy Souls (Cont.)
"When I earnestly prayed and labored and urged others to do the same, it seemed as if the plants began to revive, as if the ground were dug and renewed, as if the seed sprang forth under the beneficent influence of the rain and dew."
"Ah! if all men saw this as I see it, they would surely labor in this garden with far more diligence than I! Such cemeteries speak as plainly to me of the Christian zeal and charity of a parish, as do the gardens and meadows around a village proclaim the industry of its inhabitants."
"God has often allowed me to see souls mounting joyously from Purgatory to Paradise. I was frequently terrified and maltreated by lost spirits, even by the demon himself. Loud noises and frightful specters surrounded me. I was pushed off the graves, tossed from side to side, and sometimes an invisible power tried to force me out of the cemetery. But God strengthened me against fear. I never recoiled one hair's breath before the enemy, and when thus interrupted, I redoubled my prayers."
"Oh how many thanks I have received from the poor, dear souls! Ah! if all men would share this joy with me! What a superabundance of grace is upon earth, but forgotten, despised, while the poor souls languish for it! In their manifold sufferings they are full of anguish and longing, they sigh after help and deliverance; yet, how great so ever their distress, they still praise Our Lord and Savior, and all that we can do for them is a source of unending bliss."
Source: The life of Anne Catherine Emmerich - Vol 2.