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
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."
"Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in Holy Eucharist,
I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your 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
"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:
"Pray very much for the Pope, Bishops, and Priests. Since
your Baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue
to pray very much...very much. Tell your superior all that passed
today and obey him in everything that he wil tell you. He has
asked that you pray with fervor."
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."
"It is very important...You will convey it to your superior."
"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 work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church
in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals,
bishops against bishops. The priests who venerate me will be
scorned and opposed by their confreres...churches and altars
sacked; 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 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
"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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