Apparitions Approved – An Urgent Message
In 1984, just before retiring at a venerable age, the diocesan Bishop of Niigata, Bishop John Shojiro Ito, in consultation with the Holy See, wrote a pastoral letter in which he recognized as being authentically of the Mother of God, the extraordinary series of events that had taken place from 1973 to 1981 in a little lay convent within his diocese, at Akita, Japan. Cardinal Ratzinger, now Pope Benedict XVI, in June 1988, approved the Akita events as
"reliable and worthy of belief ", In fact the Philippine ambassador to the Vatican, in 1998 spoke to Cardinal Ratzinger about Akita and the Cardinal: "personally confirmed to me that these two messages of Fatima and Akita are essentially the same".
Hence in Akita we are dealing with a Church approved intervention of the Blessed Virgin Mary as sure in this respect as Lourdes, La Salette, or Fatima. Only a few Catholics know of Our Lady of Akita but the message, like that of Fatima, is a specific warning of worldwide chastisement. The chastisement threatened is truly terrible – 'far worse',
than the possibility of annihilation of several nations prophesied at Fatima. Akita is absolutely consistent with prophecies of Scripture. The first message received by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa on June 6, 1973, was a call for prayer and sacrifice for the glory of the Father and salvation of souls. The second message, August 3, 1973, was for prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices to soften the Father's anger. The third message on October 13, 1973, the actual anniversary of the final visions and miracle of Fatima is as follows:
"As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity. It will be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as one will never have seen before. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity, the good as well as the bad, sparing neither priests nor faithful. The survivors will find themselves so desolate that they will envy the dead. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son. Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests"
The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other bishops. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and opposed by their Confreres. The Church and altars will be vandalized. The Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will press many priests and consecrated souls to leave the service of the Lord.
"The demon will rage especially against souls consecrated to God.
The thought of the loss of so many souls is the cause of my sadness.
If sins increase in number and gravity, there will no longer be pardon for them."
In his pastoral letter approving the events of Akita as supernatural, the Bishop of Niigata said: "After the inquiries conducted up to the present day, one cannot deny the supernatural character of a series of un-explainable events relative to the statue of the Virgin honored at Akita (Diocese of Niigata). Consequently I authorize that all of the diocese entrusted to me venerate the Holy Mother of Akita."
Concerning the messages, His Excellency said: "As for the content of the messages received, it is no way contrary to Catholic doctrine or to good morals. When one thinks of the actual state of the world, the warning seems to correspond to it in many points." His Excellency explained that he had taken eight years to give this judgment because of the importance and the responsibility in question. "The Congregation of the Doctrine for the Faith has given me directives in this sense," the Bishop said, "that only the bishop of the diocese in question has the power to recognize an event of this kind." The events of Akita have been confirmed by definite miracles, two of which are cited by the Bishop in his pastoral letter.
While the warning given by Our Lady at Akita is terrible, the message, as the Bishop points out, is basically a repetition of the Message of Fatima. Our Lady stressed the importance of praying the Rosary, and above all of accepting from God whatever He may send in the
course of each day... whatever suffering... and to offer it up in reparation for so many sins committed throughout the world at this time. Our Lady begged especially for prayers for bishops, priests, and religious, and for reparation before the Blessed Sacrament.
Our Lady said:
"I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering to the Father, together
with all the victim souls who console Him, the sufferings endured by the Son on the Cross,
by His blood and by His very loving Soul. Prayer, penance, and courageous sacrifices can appease the anger of the Father."
To the little religious community where Our Lady gave the messages, she asked that it
"live in poverty, sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and the outrages of so many men." (2nd Prayer below for reparation of sins - Please Pray!)
The apparitions and events in Akita, Japan, center around a three foot high statue of Our Lady with a Japanese face in the chapel of the Eucharistic Handmaids of the Sacred Heart. These supernatural happenings also involve Sr. Agnes Sasagawa, one of the Sisters in the convent, to whom Our Lady gave Her messages. Sister had been very ill, requiring about 20 operations. When the apparitions began, she was nearly deaf. On June 12, 1973,
when she opened the tabernacle for adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,
a very strong light came from it and filled the entire chapel.
This happened for three days. When Sister asked the other Sisters if they had seen
anything out of the ordinary, they said no. This strong light also came from the
tabernacle on the feast of Corpus Christi. When Sr. Sasagawa told the Bishop of Akita
(who was visiting the convent on the feast) of this, he advised her to keep it in her heart.
On the Vigil of the Feast of the Sacred Heart that same year, Sr. Sasagawa's guardian
angel appeared to her and asked her to pray the Fatima decade prayer*
after each decade of the Rosary.
In 1973 this prayer was not well known in Japan and Sister had trouble understanding it,
but the Sisters began to recite the prayer and it has now spread throughout Japan.
*O' my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of Thy mercy. Amen.
On the same occasion as the apparition of her guardian angel, a wound in the form of a cross appeared in the hollow of Sr. Sasagawa's left hand and began to bleed. The bleeding ended on the feast of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The following Friday, the wound bled and stopped the next day. This continued for a month. Sister's guardian angel later spoke to her in chapel. Although nearly deaf, she heard the angel saying:
"Pray not only for yourself, but for the people of all nations"
The world today is wounding the Sacred Heart of Jesus through so much sin and ingratitude." After hearing this, Sister heard a voice come from the statue in the chapel:
"My daughter, you obeyed me very well; you have renounced everything. This deafness is a great suffering for you. Have patience; you will be healed. It is a trial. Pray in reparation for all people. Pray much for the Holy Father, for the bishops and the priests."
On July 6, 1973, a bleeding wound appeared on the right hand of the statue of Our Lady in the chapel. On other days, the face of the statue bled. Sister's guardian angel told her:
"This flowing of blood is significant.
It will be shed for the conversion of men and in reparation for sins.
To the devotion to the Sacred Heart add the devotion to the Precious Blood."
Other messages followed. About a month after seeing the wound in the right hand of Our Lady's statue, Sr. Sasagawa heard: "My daughter, if you love Our Lord,
listen to me. Many people in the world grieve Our Lord. I ask for souls who will console Him, and who will make reparation. The Heavenly Father is preparing a great punishment for the world. Many times I have tried with my Son to soften the anger of the Father. I presented to Him many atoning souls who make reparation by prayers and sacrifices. That is what I ask of you. Honor poverty. Live poorly. You must keep your vows, which are like three nails to nail you to the Cross – the nails of poverty, chastity, and obedience." Beginning on September 20, 1973, the statue began to sweat from the face to the feet. Tears began to flow down the face. Also, a very pleasant odor was felt in the chapel. This happened many times in the presence of others, including the Bishop. In all, the statue wept a total of 101 times. On October 13, 1973, Our Lady gave Sister Sasagawa this serious message:
"As I said before if mankind does not repent, the Heavenly Father will inflict a very serious punishment on the whole world; a punishment the likes of which has never happened before. Many people will perish. Pray the Rosary often. Only I can prevent the disaster. Whoever entrusts themselves to me will be saved."
The statue continued to weep and other messages followed. Pilgrims came and many received answers to their prayers. Then, in 1981, Theresa Chon, who was suffering from terminal brain cancer, was miraculously healed through the intercession of Our Lady of Akita. This healing was well documented by Fr. Joseph Oh of Seoul, S. Korea. In his pastoral letter, Bishop Ito said that it would have been difficult to believe in a message from Our Lady that is so terrible, unless there was overwhelming proof that it was indeed from Her. But he points out that the terrible chastisement of which Our Lady speaks is on the condition:
" If men do not repent and do not better themselves . . . "
The Bishop added it is a serious warning, while at the same time one perceives in it the maternal love of Our Lady. In Her message warning the world of the annihilation of a great part of humanity, She said: " The thought of the loss of numerous souls makes me sad."
How do we repent and better ourselves?
Repentance is a "sorrow of heart and detestation for sin committed with the resolution not to sin again." (Trent.sess.xiv,chap.4). Once mortal sin has been committed, an act of contrition must be genuine, must comprise all mortal sins committed, must spring from a motive that has reference to God and include a hatred of sin as the greatest of evils (this is the common teaching of theologians). Contrition is termed perfect when it arises from the pure love of God; by perfect contrition, sin is forgiven even before it is manifested in the sacrament of Penance, though the obligation of confession remains. What are the sins most prevalent today which are calling down God's wrath upon us? We see wholesale violations of the first three Commandments. The first Commandment: "I am the Lord Thy God, thou shalt not have strange Gods before me". In summary, we find in the Catechism of the Council of Trent, The Catechism of Pope St. Pius X and the Baltimore Catechism, that the First Commandment forbids idolatry, superstition, spirit-ism, tempting God, sacrilege and sins against Faith by apostasy, heresy, indifferent-ism and by taking part in non-Catholic worship." By taking part in non-Catholic worship! This, indeed, is a powerful indictment against the present ecumenical practice that has swept through and disfigured the Church since the Second Vatican Council. The Second Commandment forbids using the Lord's Name in vain (blasphemy). If we consult the Catechism of the Council of Trent's treatment of the Second Commandment, it teaches that those who support heresy, and "distort the Sacred Scriptures from their genuine and true meaning," are guilty of sins against the Second Commandment. Thus, those who distort the message of Scripture, namely Protestants, are in the objective order, guilty of this sin, because their perversion of Sacred Scripture is irreverence to the Holy Word of God. The Third Commandment deals with keeping holy the Sabbath Day. It is evident for all to see that Sunday has become a day of business as usual. People doing unnecessary work, places of business opened with people shopping without any regard to the Third Commandment which strictly forbids all unnecessary work and doing business on Sunday. The Fifth Commandment: Thou shalt not kill. We see a blatant disregard for this Commandment in the slaughter of over 3500 babies every day by abortion with very, very few doing anything to bring about an end to this human carnage.
Now we come to the Sixth Commandment, which violation causes more souls to go to Hell than any of the other Ten Commandments. The Sixth Commandment is transgressed in some of the following ways: fornication, homosexuality or sodomy (Rom. 1:27) (2nd Peter 2:6) (St. Jude 1:7), and the separation of spouses ("divorce") which many times leads to adultery especially if either of the two spouses remarry (Mark 10:11, 12) (Matt. 19:6) (1 Cor. 7:10,11). We see the Sixth Commandment horribly violated by immodest dress. Modesty and purity have practically vanished from our society (1 Tim.2:9-10).
This impending chastisement can be averted if enough people pray the Rosary daily and do penance which Our Lady requested at Fatima in 1917... Please pass this WARNING to all peoples!
The Akita Prayer -
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Thy Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father pleading for the coming of his Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as Thou wilt for the glory of the Glory of the Father and salvation of souls. Most Holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Thine Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Thy special child. Amen.
Prayer for Reparation for insults and blasphemies -
Adorable Heart of Jesus, glowing with love for us and inflamed with zeal for our salvation. O' Sacred Heart of Jesus that understands the misery to which our sins have brought us, infinitely rich in mercy to heal the wounds of our souls, behold me humbly kneeling before You to express the sorrow that fills my heart for the coldness and indifference with which I have so long returned the numberless benefits which You have bestowed upon me.
With a deep sense of the outrages that have been heaped upon You by my sins and the sins of others, I wish to make reparation to Your most Sacred Majesty. It was our sins that filled Your Heart with bitterness; it was the weight of our guilt that pressed down Your face to the earth in the Garden of Olives and caused you to die in agony on the Cross.
But now, repentant and sorrowful, I implore Your forgiveness. Adorable Heart of Jesus, Source of true consolation and ever merciful to the penitent sinner, impart to our hearts the spirit of penance that we may be sincerely sorry for our sins. Pardon them, O' Lord Jesus, in Your mercy, and let all who have sinned against You in the Sacrament of Your love be converted and return to You. Deliver us from our sins. And in order to repair the sins of ingratitude by which we have grieved Your most tender and loving Heart, may we love and honor You in the most adorable Sacrament of the Altar, where You are truly present to hear and grant our petitions and to be the food and life of our souls.
My Merciful Jesus, be our Mediator with Your heavenly Father,
whom we have so grievously offended. Help us to amend our ways.
As Your Sacred Heart is our refuge and our hope when we have sinned,
so let it be the strength and support of our repentance,
and nothing in life or death shall ever separate us from You,
in Your Name Lord Jesus, I pray. Amen. our Father...
What should we do to prepare for such coming events? Five suggestions come to mind -
First of all, stay (or become) informed about the signs of the times. The mainstream media (and even talk radio) will be of limited help in this regard (other than providing an occasional piece of the puzzle). Instead, read and subscribe to magazines such as Signs & Wonders and The Fatima Crusader (and share them with others), and use websites such as sign.org. Also, look for good Catholic and Christian books that can give you a better perspective on the times in which we live. (Several good examples would be The Thunder of Justice, by Ted and Maureen Flynn; Suddenly and Unexpectedly, by T. Michael Fahy; The Harbinger, by Jonathan Cahn; and my own Spiritual Dangers of the 21st Century and Defiance!) < press links >
Secondly, make prudent material preparations in case of an economic collapse. This especially means storing several months’ worth of food and water, along with other needed material items. However, this must be done in a spirit of trust, not fear. The Lord has promised in many alleged messages that as long as we’ve made some minimal preparations, and assuming we’re willing to share what we have with those in need, He will multiply our provisions, if necessary.
Thirdly, obtain sacramentals and other needed religious items**, including Bibles, prayer books, holy water, blessed salt, St. Benedict medals, scapulars, religious pictures, and the like. These can be a source of reassurance and spiritual protection—but they may not be readily available in the future (especially if, as many alleged prophecies state, a schism in the Church and a religious persecution occur in the next few years).
Fourthly, network with other faithful Catholics who believe as you do. Form prayer groups; share ideas and discuss current events in the world and the Church; and, if possible, ask you pastor or another priest you know to offer Masses of Reparation for the sins of our nation. (Over 250 such Masses are offered for this intention throughout our country on the third Monday of each month at 7pm EST—though, of course, they can be held at any convenient time. According to some alleged private revelations, these Masses have already mitigated or delayed some chastisements and resulted in many conversions)
Lastly, live the message of Fatima—by praying (especially the Rosary) for the conversion of sinners, by doing penance and offering sacrifices for the moral and spiritual renewal of our country, and by making acts of reparation to console the gravely-offended Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of His Mother. Prayer and penance of this sort are never wasted, are of great spiritual benefit to ourselves and our loved ones, and are a wonderful way of assuring ourselves that Our Lady will assist us and cover us with her mantle of protection. There are many indications that we are entering a crucial time in world history, and while we cannot predict exactly how future events will unfold, we can be sure that those who live out their faith in Jesus will be preserved from harm and, in the end, be given every reason to rejoice. ** discounted religious items with low ship rate!
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