It is useful to remember when we hear descriptions of the types of trials and depth of purification that we must undergo to be able to be fully united to God that this purification isn't optional. It's necessary. It's not a question of "if" but of "when." If the purification doesn't take place in this life it will have it to happen in purgatory if we are to the able to see God. We should also recall that the sooner this purification takes place the better, for us and for everyone else in our life. The root of all our unhappiness is the result of sin and its effects. The sooner we are free from the distortions and crippling of sin the sooner we will experience a fuller joy and freedom as the sons and daughters of God, and be able more and more to be a blessing to others.
~ The Fulfillment of All Desire by Ralph Martin, page 352