Our Lady of Akita weeping statue
Akita, Japan 1973 to 1975
The extraordinary events began on June 12, 1973, when Sr.. Agnes saw brilliant mysterious rays emanate suddenly from the tabernacle. The same thing happened on each of the two days that followed.
On June 28, 1973, a cross-shaped wound appeared on the inside left hand of Sr. Agnes. It bled profusely and caused her much pain. On July 6, Sr. Agnes heard a voice coming from the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary in the chapel where she was praying. The statue was carved from a single block of wood from a Katsura tree and is three feet tall. On the same day, a few of the sisters noticed drops of blood flowing from the statue's right hand. On four occasions, this act of blood flow repeated itself. The wound in the statue's hand remained until September 29, when it disappeared. On September 29, the day the wound on the statue disappeared, the sisters noticed the statue had now begun to "sweat", especially on the forehead and neck. On August 3, Sr. Agnes received a second message. On October 13, she received a final third message.
Two years later on January 4, 1975, the statue of the Blessed Virgin began to weep. It continued to weep at intervals for the next 6 years and eight months. It wept on 101 occasions.
Here are the three messages of Our Lady of Akita to Sr. Agnes:
July 6, 1973
"My daughter, my novice,
you have obeyed me well in abandoning all to follow me. Is the
infirmity of your ears painful? Your deafness will be healed,
be sure. Does the wound of your hand cause you to suffer? Pray
in reparation for the sins of men. Each person in this community
is my irreplaceable daughter. Do you say well the prayer of
the Handmaids of the Eucharist? Then, let us pray it together."
"Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls."
"Most holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your Special Child. Amen."
When the prayer was finished,
the Heavenly Voice said:
August 3, 1973
"My daughter, my novice, do you love the Lord? If you love
the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you."
"Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console Him to soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I wish, with my Son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates."
"In order that the world might know His anger, the Heavenly Father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. WIth my Son I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the Father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him the sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the Father's anger. I desire this also from your community...that it love poverty, that it sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men.
Recite the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist with awareness of its meaning; put it into practice; offer in reparation (whatever God may send) for sins. Let each one endeavor, according to capacity and position, to offer herself entirely to the Lord."
"Even in a secular institute prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. Without attaching to much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the Master."
After a silence:
"Is what you think in your heart true? Are you truly decided to become the rejected stone? My novice, you who wish to belong without reserve to the Lord, to become the spouse worthy of the Spouse, make your vows knowing that you must be fastened to the Cross with three nails. These three nails are poverty, chastity, and obedience. Of the three, obedience is the foundation. In total abandon, let yourself be led by your superior. He will know how to understand you and to direct you."
October 13, 1973
"My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior."
After a short silence:
"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 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 priests."
"The demon will be especially implacable 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 be no longer pardon for them"
"With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation."
"It is Bishop I to, who directs your community."
And She smiled and then said:
"You have still something
to ask? Today is the last time that I will speak to you in living
voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you and your
"Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able
still to save you from the calamites which approach. Those who
place their confidence in me will be saved."
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