Messages of Our Lady in Akita, Japan
Serious Messages for the world, like at Fatima
1973, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in
Akita, Japan, three Messages through a statue of Mary. Bathed in a
brilliant light, the statue became alive and spoke with a voice of
indescribable beauty. Her Guardian Angel also appeared and taught her to
wooden statue, about 3 feet high, had been carved by an artist on the
request of the Sisters of the Institute of the Handmaids of the
Eucharist, founded by the local Bishop, Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito, of
the Diocese of Niigata. This statue, from which the voice came, wept 101
times over a course of several years, from January 4, 1975, to September
15, 1981, the Feast of Our Lady of Seven Sorrows. It also perspired
abundantly, and the perspiration sent out a sweet perfume. Its right
palm bled from a wound that had the form of a cross.
of people witnessed many of these events. Scientific analysis of blood
and tears from the statue, provided by Professor Sagisaka of the faculty
of Legal Medicine of the University of Akita, confirmed that the blood,
tears, and perspiration were real human tears, sweat, and blood. They
came from three blood groups: O, B, and AB.
Agnes also has the stigmata on the right palm. A Korean woman with
terminal brain cancer received immediate healing while praying before
the statute in 1981. The miracle was confirmed by Dr. Tong-Woo-Kim of
the St. Paul Hospital in Seoul and Fr. Theisen, President of the
Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Seoul. The second miracle
was the complete cure of the total deafness of Sister Agnes.
events began on June 12-14, 1973. During these days, Sister Agnes saw a
brilliant light coming from the tabernacle. On Thursday, June 28, eve of
the Feast of the Sacred Heart, Sister Agnes again saw a blinding light
from the Blessed Sacrament, rays of light, and a multitude of angels
surrounding the altar in adoration before the Host.
the evening, another mysterious event occurred. While praying in the
chapel, Sister Agnes felt as though something pierced the palm of her
left hand. There, in the center of her palm, were two red scratches in
the form of a cross. As days went by, the pain became increasingly
phenomenon recurs every week, and Bishop Ito himself witnesses it: on
Thursday evening, the wound is still dried out, but it begins to swell
up, and scratches form on the skin. On Friday morning, blood flows and
impregnates the bandages of gauze. On Saturday morning, the wound stops
bleeding and becomes dry again. This phenomenon lasted the whole month
July 6, the Guardian Angel appeared to Sister Agnes, and said: Do not
fear. I am the one who is with you and watches over you. Do not fear.
Pray with fervor not only because of your sins, but in reparation for
those of all men. The world today wounds the Most Sacred Heart of Our
Lord by its ingratitudes and injuries. The wounds of Mary are much
deeper and sorrowful than yours. Let us go and pray together in the
the chapel, the statue of the Virgin Mary came to life, and a voice of
indescribable beauty struck her totally-deaf ears. This was to be the
first Message of Mary:
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. Be patient. It is the last trial. 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:
Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the 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 Kingdom. Please receive this
humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the
Father and the salvation of souls.
Holy Mother of God. Never let me be separated from Your Divine Son.
Please defend and protect me as Your special child. Amen.
her Guardian Angel had told her, a cross-shaped wound, similar to that
of Sister Agnes, appeared in the right hand of the statue of the Blessed
Virgin, and blood started to flow.
August 3, 1973, the First Friday of the month, Sister Agnes received the
second Message from Mary:
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.
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
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
and form a cohort of victim souls.
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 (whatever God may
send) in reparation for sins. Let each one endeavour, according to her
capacity and position, to offer herself entirely to the Lord.
in a secular institute, prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to
pray are on the way to being gathered. Without attaching too much
attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the
was on Saturday, October 13, the anniversary day of the last Apparition
of the Virgin Mary to the three children of Fatima, that Mary gave to
Sister Agnes Her third Message, the most important and serious one:
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.
work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way
that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other
Bishops. The priests who venerate Me will be scorned and opposed by
their confreres (other priests). Churches and altars will be 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
demon will be especially implacable against the 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.
very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able to still save you
from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in
Me will be saved.
last Sunday of May, 1982, during the Benediction of the Blessed
Sacrament, Sister Agnes was completely cured from her deafness.
of the local Bishop
having himself been an eyewitness of the events, and having carefully
investigated them for years, Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of
Niigata (the diocese Akita belongs to) declared the events of Akita,
Japan, to be of supernatural origin, and authorized throughout the
entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita, in a long
message which he ordered to be read in every parish of his diocese on
Easter Sunday, April 22, 1984.. He said: The Message of Akita is the
Message of Fatima.
Approval of Rome
Ito went to Rome a third time in June of 1988 to seek the opinion of the
Holy See. I was worried because of the seriousness of the Message,
he said. Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, the Prefect of the Sacred
Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, reassured Bishop Ito that he
had acted properly, and gave definitive judgement on the Akita events
and Messages as reliable and worthy of belief.
article was published in the October-November-December, 2005 issue of Michael.