On June 12, 1973, in Akita, Japan, in a small community of religious, called the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist, a very unusual and miraculous event occurred which precipitated nine years of messages and supernatural graces in the form of angelic apparitions and direct visitations from Our Blessed Mother. It is ironic that the events of Akita were ecclesiastically approved in the very same year, 1984, that Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam had her last Eucharistic experience. Thus the Lord saw fit to bring to culmination the final two important chapters of this Marian era which began back in 1830 at the Rue du Bac. This finale not only accentuated the relevance of the messages for these times, the latter part of the twentieth century, but also concretely linked them as being one in same message, throughout these 169 years since the Rue du Bac, that Mary is the Mother of All Nations as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate; and as such we are expected to imitate Her example by uniting our hearts to Her's in the love of God and neighbor. Thus in this dramatic conclusion of the messages of The Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate of the Marian era we see the golden thread of Our Lord tying together the apparitions of the Miraculous Medal in 1830, the messages of the Lady of La Salette in 1846, the 1917 visitations of Our Lady at Fatima, and the overlapping messages and experiences of Akita (1973 to 1982) and Amsterdam (1945 to 1984)! Why is this Marian era coming to an end now? The timing was obviously chosen by God. But most importantly with the conclusion of the Marian era through the victory of the Immaculate Heart of Mary comes the reign of the Holy Spirit and era of peace when all nations and people will finally turn to their Creator. For "the Church is the Community of Nations whose business it is to adore and worship their Lord and Creator - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" (The Lady of All Nations, February 17, 1952). However, this can not happen without our full cooperation with Our Mother through whom all grace comes! This is why we have had this Marian era thus far so that "Marian thought become[s] more pronounced in these times...[because it is only] through the Lady of All Nations to the Lord of All Nations...[that we] shall see the miracle...Make no mistake about it" (The Lady of All Nations, May 31 of 1953, 1958 & 1954)! So now in light of all this, let us examine the messages given to us by Our Lady at Akita, Japan.
This story begins with the visionary of Akita, Japan, Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa. Sr. Sasagawa, who is also referred to as Sr. Agnes, was a convert to the faith and eventually joined a secular but consecrated religious order created by the Bishop of Akita, the late Most Reverend John Ito. This religious order of the Handmaids of the Eucharist fulfills the twofold mission of apostolic life among the lay faithful and the hidden devoted and very disciplined life of prayer and adoration of the Most Holy Eucharist. Since they work among the society in general as religious and are under the direct guidance of the local ordinary, the bishop, they are considered a secular order. It is a unique situation in that they are to maintain a "semi-monastic" lifestyle when within the confines of the convent. Their particular devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist for which this institute was created and to which the Handmaids of the Eucharist are consecrated is quite exceptional, especially in consideration of the present day heretical attacks on the True Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. Pivotal to their very Christ centered life and devotion to the Most Holy Eucharist is their great devotion to Mary whom they imitate daily in their love for the Lord and to whom they pray constantly for protection and guidance. These sisters' good works and devoted prayer life have brought forth many graces of peace and love to the picturesque countryside of Yuzawadai, Akita high in the mountains where their community is nestled among the hills. More profoundly, their love of God and neighbor has affected millions of Japanese who visit them as a respite from their hurried and busied lives in the crowded everyday world of a Godless society. It is a fact that their dedicated and holy lives have been the cause of countless conversions to the Catholic faith, not just in Japan but worldwide!
Now at the time of the first supernatural occurrence of June 12, 1973 Sr. Agnes, who had recently become deaf, had just joined the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist, ten days before. Prior to this she was a member of another community but was attracted spiritually to the commitment of a consecrated lifestyle which the Handmaids of the Eucharist led. On that fateful Tuesday of June 12, 1973 Sr. Agnes was opening the tabernacle door when suddenly a brilliant light appeared at which point she quickly prostrated herself on the floor and remained in awe and adoration of Our Lord Who had just given her this visible sign of His True Presence. On June 14, Sr. Agnes again witnessed the light at the tabernacle however this time it was encompassed by an intense red flame which radiated rays of light in every direction. This was followed by a similar but more overpowering third experience. Again, on the eve of the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 28, Sr. Agnes saw the brilliant light at the tabernacle but this time, "there appeared a multitude of beings similar to angels who surrounded the altar in adoration before the Host." On the following day, which was the feast of the Sacred Heart, an angel appeared to her just as she was about to begin the rosary. Incredibly, the angel then instructed her to add the word 'truly' to a prayer which Bishop Ito had composed for the community. The prayer was from then on addressed to the "Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, Truly present in the Holy Eucharist." Throughout the years, Sr. Agnes was privileged, as were others, to see numerous other supernatural phenomena. Incidentally, Sr. Agnes was cured of her deafness for a brief time. Her deafness was a great trial for her. Finally, after the second and medically incurable bout of deafness, she was completely and permanently cured "by Him Who is really present in the Eucharist" on May 30, 1982, Pentecost Sunday and the eve of the feast of the Visitation!
In the chapel of the Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist there was and still is a small three foot carved statue of the Blessed Mother. Curiously, the statue is an exact replica of the image of the Lady of All Nations. Prior to Sr. Sasagawa entering into the community of the Handmaids of the Eucharist, the sisters there apparently had a devotion to Our Mother, under Her title as the "Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate." Eventually, they commissioned a sculptor to carve the statue. Don't forget Sr. Agnes was new to the community and knew very little about its history and certainly was not at the time acquainted with the significance of the statue nor the messages associated with the Lady of All Nations in Amsterdam! This statue which is now referred to as the Lady of Akita began to shed blood intermittently, and at times profusely, from the right palm on July 6, 1973, the first Friday of the month up until July 27, 1973. And 2 years later, on January 4, 1975, lachrymations began to flow from the statue of Our Lady's face, a visible sign of Her Sorrowful Heart! The statue continued to weep at intervals and sometimes voluminously for a period of 101 times. The tears of Our Lady ceased on the feast of Our Lady of Sorrows, September 15, 1981!
Now let us go back to the eve of the feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, June 28, 1973. For it was on that Thursday evening that the meaning and importance of these heavenly interventions began to unfold. At that time, a wound had formed on the surface of Sr. Agnes' left palm in the shape of a small cross which caused her distracting and intense pain. On July 5, her guardian angel appeared directing her to make reparation to the Sacred Heart of Jesus for her sins and the sins of all men. It was then that the superficial wound became more serious and painful because it had now become a bleeding aperture, as if it were pierced "with a pick." Sr. Agnes used this suffering sent by God with great remorse "for her own sins and the sins of the world." The words spoken by her angel on the following day, that "the wounds of Mary are much deeper and more sorrowful than yours," affected her deeply. From that moment on, Sr. Agnes pondered these words with great commiseration for Our Mother's sorrow and apparent continual suffering! At a later date, the angel reiterated this message which emphasized Our Mother's current sufferings and Her previous physical wounds of the stigmata which She suffered here on earth. He said: "Mary is even sadder than when She shed blood!" On Friday afternoon of July 27, 1973, Sr. Agnes was informed that her sufferings would end that day but that she was to "engrave in the depth of [her] heart the thought of the blood of Mary." The angel went on to say that, "the blood shed by Mary has a profound meaning!" Does not "the blood shed by Mary" express the same message given by the Lady of All Nations that She, as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, cooperated with the grace of God to the most perfect degree not just through Her spiritual sufferings but "above all physically!"
Furthermore, as St. Louis M. de Montfort says, "because glory does not destroy nature but makes it more perfect", She continues Her Maternal vocation as the Mother of All Nations even more perfectly from heaven and as St. Pius XII said "uninterrupted"! She, Who is in a truly unique position both by reason of Her Immaculate Conception and Her Assumption into heaven body and soul, not only continues to suffer but embraces it for She is as much Our Mother in heaven as She was on earth! Is not this point driven home by the words of the angel to Sr. Sasagawa, almost a month earlier, when She said: "The wounds of Mary are much deeper and more painful than yours"? By the will of God, the angel, through this message, underscores how perfectly Mary unites Herself to Her Redeemer in True Perpetual Love, in Her Sacrificial Love! It is through this union of the Immaculate Heart of Mary with Her Son's Most Sacred Heart that Their blood is spiritually commingled so that in fulfillment of Her divine calling, as the Mother of All Nations, She continually conceives and brings forth all the members of the Mystical Body of Christ through Co-redemption, Mediation and Advocacy so that She can truly say: "My children, I am again in travail until Christ is formed in you" (Gal.4:19)!
Does this not clarify the meaning of "the infinite merits of the two Hearts of Jesus and Mary" as spoken of by the Angel of Fatima. As St. Paul said: "But whoever is joined to the Lord becomes one spirit with Him" (1Cor. 6:17). Is this not the Spiritual Oneness that the Lady of All Nations speaks of when She says: "I have become united to My Son as I had always been united with Him" (August 15, 1951)! In order to emphasize this Spiritual Oneness, on March 4, 1951, the Lady of All Nations standing before the Cross told Ida, "My head, My hands and My feet [are] like those of a human being - mark well: like those of the Son of Man!" And at Akita, on May 30, 1974, "the face, hands and feet [of the statue] alone became distinguished by a dark reddish-brown tint such as skin bronzed by the sun...[a] beautiful: reddish brown, lustrous and touched with life" like those of the Son of Man, although the rest of the wooden sculpture of the Lady remained the same and unchanged! Truly, "She is by grace what Jesus is by nature" (St. Louis M. De Montfort).
On July 2, 1951, the Lady of All Nations said: "By the will of the Father, the Redeemer came on earth. To accomplish this, the Father used the Lady. Thus, from the Lady the Redeemer received only - I am stressing the word 'only' - flesh and blood, that is to say, the body. From My Lord and Master the Redeemer received His divinity." Think of it, the Son of Man is flesh of Her flesh and She, the created Immaculate Conception, is grace of His grace! Together, united in Love, they did and continue to do the will of the Father in union with the Holy Spirit for the glory of the Father and the eternal life of us all! He, the Redeemer, Who is the Son of God the Father, lowered Himself "for a little while lower than the angels" and She, who was created as the Immaculately Conceived Daughter of God the Father, was the "lowly servant and handmaid of the Lord". In profoundest love Jesus suffered perfectly, until death on the Cross, once and for all, above all others and perpetuates this Sublime Sacrifice in an "unbloody manner" in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. In profoundest love Mary suffered "not just spiritually but physically" in a cooperative manner which was beneficial only at the death of Her Son, Her Lord and She continues to suffer on behalf of all by grace of God more perfectly than all others except for Her Son, Jesus Christ. In this Spiritual Oneness of Sacrificial Love, Jesus "laid the foundation" of the Church and Mary cooperates in "building upon it" (1Cor 3:10,11)! Love knows no bounds neither here nor in heaven. Sacrifice is the greatest testament of one's love for God. As St. Alphonsus Liguori said: "Love is measured by sacrifice." How infinite is God's Love! "How weighty are Your designs, O God; how vast the sum of them" (Ps 139:17)! For He not only gave us His Son on the Cross but "He gathered all His graces together and called them Mary" (St. Louis M. de Montfort) and gave Her to us!
How deeply have the words of Our Mother, on December 10, 1925 to Sr. Lucia of Fatima, penetrated our hearts? "Behold, My child, this heart encircled with thorns, and bleeding incessantly because of the sins of blasphemy and ingratitude of man. You, at least, must seek to comfort Me" (FATIMA: Cove of Wonders by Alphonse M. Cappa, S.S.P.). Have we really understood the words of Sr. Lucia on December 17, 1927 when she described the suffering of Our Mother as she and Jacinta and Francisco witnessed it: "Then, in front of the palm of Our Lady's right hand was a heart, encircled with thorns, bruised and pierced on every side. We recognized the heart of Mary wounded by the many sins of humanity, seeking penance and reparation." Does not Our Mother at Amsterdam also tells us that She "stands an oblation before the Cross of Her Son" offering Her sufferings and the Eternal Sacrifice of Her Son in union with our sacrifices to "appease the anger of the Father," for the glory of God and the salvation of souls? Have we really understood Whom God has given us in this Woman, The Mother of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate?
Ida Peerdeman, the seer of Amsterdam, also experienced the physical pains and sufferings of the cross just as Sr. Agnes did. On one occasion Ida alluded to the pain when she found herself in front of the Cross after the Lady of All Nations stepped aside from it. She said: "I am seized with terrible pains. It is as if the muscles of both arms contract, so that my fingers clench" (February 11, 1951). Even Sr. Agnes spoke in similar descriptive terms when she described the pain. The pain was so bad she said that: "Never will I forget that pain". Obviously both Sr. Agnes and Ida Peerdeman suffered the actual pains of the Cross, although to a limited degree, and there was an underlying reason for this. Each was building up the Mystical Body of the Church as "God's co-workers" (1Cor.3:9). Like Mary, they were "making sacrifices of their lives" (April 4, 1954), truly living the gospel of Her Son, as coredemptors, mediators and advocates! Now interestingly, these two women who suffered so much as instruments for God, both experienced earlier separate revelations connected to Fatima, preceding the events at Amsterdam and Akita! Ida Peerdeman received three visitations from Our Lady in 1917, one of which took place on exactly the same date as the final apparition in Fatima, October 13, 1917! She was only twelve years old. Sr. Sasagawa also had been graced in 1969 four years prior to the messages of Akita by the appearance of a "beautiful person" who beckoned her to approach and say the rosary. "Then She counseled [Sr. Sasagawa] to add [the Fatima prayer] after each decade." This occurred in front of witnesses when Sister was seriously ill in the hospital with a viral infection. Apparently, Sister was not familiar with the apparitions of Fatima and the prayer which was associated with it since she was at the time a recent convert! As we shall soon see, the sufferings of both Ida Peerdeman and Sr. Sasagawa have profound implications for all of us.
Thus far in this account of the supernatural events of Akita, we have a statue modeled on the image of the Lady of All Nations which is pierced with a wound in the exact form of a cross as the wound in the palm of the opposite left hand of Sr. Agnes. Reflecting on this odd circumstance, it certainly gives one pause for thought. Could it be that Divine Providence was suggesting a "handshake" between Our Lady and Sr. Agnes! This analogy, as simplified as it is, really magnifies the implicit meaning of the two hand wounds which were complimentarily positioned in the right hand of the statue of the "Lady of Akita" and the left hand of Sr. Sasagawa. It is without doubt that this symbolic picture expresses the same thought as that conveyed at Amsterdam that we as members of the body of Christ are to collaborate with Mary, the Mother of the Church, as coredemptors, mediators and advocates making up "what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ for the sake of His body, the Church!" (Col. 1:24) It is without doubt that through this active participation on our part "in the sufferings of Christ," we do the will of the Father, as His "co-workers," like Sr. Agnes and the late Ida Peerdeman, "completing the unity of His love" joined with the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother, The Mother of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate!
Let there be no misunderstanding as to this very important message. Christ is the One Redeemer and Mediator. Only He in His Most Perfect Love redeemed us. However, "what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ" is our love! And True Love is sacrificial, humble and unitive! It is the Cross of Jesus Christ! Our Mother shows us the way to real and lasting love by literally embracing the Cross of Her Son. Thus we understand the profound meaning of "the blood shed by Mary" at Akita and the meaning of the Lady of All Nations "standing an oblation before the Cross" that "the Lord and Master had predestined the Lady for sacrifice" because in love She continues to this very moment to "live" Her Fiat as Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate (May 31, 1951)! She entreats us not to refuse the Cross so that we can say in union with Her Immaculate Heart in Spiritual Oneness of His Love: "I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me" (Gal. 2:20).
As to the matter of the 101 days of tears shed by the Lady of Akita, an angel explained the significance to Sr. Agnes on September 28, 1981 in these words: "There is a meaning to the figure one hundred one. This signifies that sin came into the world by a woman and it is also by a woman that salvation came into the world. The zero between the two signifies the Eternal God Who is from all eternity until eternity. The first 'one' represents Eve and the last ['one'] the Virgin Mary." Sr. Agnes was also instructed to read the chapter 3 verse 15 of Genesis in the Holy Bible which reads: "I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her seed; she shall crush your head, and you shall lie in wait for her heel." (This was translated from the Latin Vulgate which reads: Inimicitias ponam inter te et mulierem et semen tuum et semen illius ipsa conteret caput tuum et tu insidiaberis calcaneo ejus!) Hence in the very real tears of Our Mother we have an eloquent and very poignant portrayal of Her Love through continual sacrifice and suffering for the glory and love of God and on behalf of all Her children. Through 'one' woman we fell; and through the 'one' Woman, Mary, and Her fiat which united Her heart to the heart of Her Son's Most Sacred Heart, we have been lifted up by Her loving response to the grace of the Eternal God. Through the Woman, Mary, because of Her perfect and most loving cooperation with God the Father's salvific plan, as the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, "Satan will be vanquished as has been foretold. She shall place Her foot upon Satan's head" (The Lady of All Nations, May 31, 1955).
But, we too must cooperate as the body of Christ in this doctrine of love by fully assenting to it, in imitation of Our Mother as coredemptors, mediators and advocates; living the life of Jesus Christ, thereby embracing the Divine call of Our Father. However, we must be born of Mary, so to speak, just as Our Savior was born of Her. As Her Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, came through Her womb so must we go through Mary's womb spiritually to Our Lord Jesus Christ! We must place ourselves under Her Maternal care as Her adoptive children. We must entrust our very being, body and soul, to Her so that we can truly say to God as it was always meant to be: "You have formed my inmost being; You knit me in my Mother's womb" (Ps. 139:13)! For if the Source of All Grace came through Mary than so must we, in recognition of God the Father's most perfect salvific plan, go to the Source of All Grace through Mary! This is the very reason why at Fatima Our Mother asked us to consecrate ourselves, our families, and the world to Her Immaculate Heart! Through our consecration or entrustment to Our Mother we are effectively accepting "Her hand [which] She extends to us," as the Angel of Akita said, acknowledging Her Motherhood over us and bonding our hearts through the Holy Spirit to Her Immaculate Heart. Through this cognitive and consensual act of entrusting we have completed the circle of the family of God, as true heirs, adoptive sons and daughters, not only of God the Father through Baptism but also of Our Mother. As all children do, we will imitate Our Mother and She, as only Our Most Perfect Mother could do, will lead us on the path of the Cross with Her help to the glory of God and the salvation of our souls. Together we will carry the Cross to the "center of this degenerate world" (January 3, 1946).
Together we will carry the Cross of Victory to the Victory of Her Immaculate Heart. Together we can make reparation for the sins which grieve and offend the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord. Together we can "accept whatever God wills to send us and bear all sufferings as an act of supplication for the conversion of sinners." (Message of Fatima, June 13, 1917 and Akita, August 3, 1973.) Through this united effort, Mother and child carrying the Cross, we shall see the Virgin conquer the world by His Truth which is Love! Through the grace of the Cross, our natures shall be perfected; our hearts united to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary in the Spiritual Oneness, as the Mystical Body of Christ! This is the all encompassing meaning of the pierced hands of Mary and Sr. Sasagawa and the 101 days of Mary's tears at Akita. This is the message portrayed on the back of the Miraculous Medal. This is the message of Amsterdam. This is the message of Fatima. This is the message of the Gospel. It is the message of True Love - the One Great Commandment - through which we shall see the Victory of Her Immaculate Heart! "In bending all your efforts to this, under the protection of Mary you will succeed" (Angel at Akita, October 7, 1973)!
THE TRUE PRESENCE
At Akita, just as at Fatima and Amsterdam, the True Presence of Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist was most solemnly emphasized. At Fatima, the Angel of Peace taught the little seers how to humbly love and most reverently adore Our Lord's True Presence in the Most Holy Eucharist. At Akita, Sr. Agnes witnessed a multitude of angels adoring the Most Holy Eucharist. And on June 29, 1973, an angel directed Sr. Agnes to include the word 'Truly' in the prayer of Akita, to stress the Real Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. At Amsterdam, the visionary, Ida Peerdeman experienced the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist, as no other person has, from the period of 1958 to 1984. At La Salette, Our Lady spoke of how Our Lord was ignored on the altar by unfaithful attendance to the Holy Sacrifice of Mass on Sundays and was thus deeply offended and at Amsterdam, She asks: "How many are there who experience this Great Wonder? They pass this Great Miracle by" (March 20, 1953). Is this not the Sorrowful Heart of Our Mother speaking? Did not the angel at Akita state that "the world today wounds the Most Sacred Heart of Our Lord by its ingratitude and injuries?"
As Catholics, we have been given the greatest gift, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ in the Most Holy Eucharist. As Catholics we possess the knowledge that through the Woman the salvation of the Word Incarnate came, Who redeemed us by the merits of His Cross. However, we overlook the fact that She, who is the Gateway through whom the Savior gave us Eternal Life, is also the one and only Gateway through whom we too must pass. With and through Our Mother we must follow the same road of the Cross; the same road by which Jesus, Himself, traveled If only we would entrust our hearts to Mary then we would have the grace to recognize Whom we have Truly Present in the Most Holy Eucharist!
Jesus is the Good Shepherd "Who leads the sheepfold through the gate" (cf. Jn 10:2) but Our Mother, as Spouse of the Holy Spirit, is the Arc framing that Gate with all the Graces of Salvation! If Our Lord Jesus Christ entrusted His life here on earth under the care of His Mother, then who are we that we should not do likewise? "The Lord also stood in need of His Mother in order to attain life" (Eucharistic Experiences, March 25, 1973). Mary is the Channel of All Graces and therefore it is only through Her, as the Channel, that we can return to the Source of All Grace. There is no other way! "It is through the Mother that life comes" (Eucharistic Experiences, March 25, 1973). And, conversely, if Our Mother entrusts Her Son in the Most Holy Eucharist to us, whom God brings forth only through Her mediation and advocacy in union with the Holy Spirit at every Sacrifice of the Mass, as is His will, should we not also entrust our souls to Her?
She whose Heart is formed in the image and likeness of Her Son's Most Sacred Heart extends Her Motherly hand towards us so that through Her our hearts may be formed in the same image and likeness of Our Lord - in "Spiritual Oneness" (September 20, 1951). She is the Mother of all the children of God, the Mother of All Nations who will bring all of us from every nation home again to the One, Holy, Catholic Church, safe and sound, through the light of Her Spouse, the Holy Spirit, on the path of the Cross to Her Son truly present in the Most Holy Eucharist! At Akita, She said: "Those who place their confidence in Me will be saved!" Thus, through Her we will come to our eternal home.
To whom much is given, much is expected. This is especially true for Catholics! Is it so hard to understand that we are here for one purpose only and that is to know God, to love God and to serve God? Did not Our Lord say "He who eats my flesh and drinks my blood shall have life eternal...This is the bread that came down from heaven...the man who feeds on this bread shall live forever" (Jn 6:54,58). Over and over the message is the same; there shall not be peace on this earth until we have the True Love within us and there can not be True Love within us until we "eat His flesh and drink His blood." Over and over Our Lady entreats us out of tender love and for the glory of Her Son and the salvation of Her children's souls: Come back. Come back to the One Who truly loves you! Come back to your Lord Truly Present in the Most Holy Eucharist! "There must be a return to Him first of all, before true peace can come" (March 29, 1946). If we do return to His Most Sacred Heart Truly Present in the Most Holy Eucharist then we shall have the True Peace of the Holy Spirit; otherwise, if we do not return to Him and "do not repent and better ourselves, the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity" (The Lady at Akita on October 13, 1973)!
FOR ANOINTED HANDS ONLY!
"O Lord, I am Thy servant; I am Thy servant, the son of Thy handmaid.
I will offer to Thee the Sacrifice of Thanksgiving and call on the name of the Lord"
On July 26, 1973 Sr. Sasagawa was attending Mass when the wound in her left hand began to pain her so intensely that she could not open hand to receive the Most Holy Eucharist. Instead she received the Holy Eucharist on her tongue. Approximately ten months later in the Spring of 1974 under the guidance of a new spiritual director, Fr. Thomas Teiji Yasuda, the community of the Handmaids of the Eucharist collectively decided that they would only receive Communion on the tongue. This decision was made based on their individual reflections about this Eucharistic incident of the prior July, through which they concluded that Our Lord wished them to receive His True Presence on the tongue!
In 1969 Pope Paul VI issued a pastoral letter (Memoriale Domini) concerning the proper reception of the Eucharist. This letter was in response to several direct warnings from the Lady of All Nations and Our Lord to Pope Paul VI regarding the current heretical theories about the Eucharist which were then being propagated by some of the clergy, especially the bishops in and around the Vatican! The Pope directed Communicants to receive the Holy Eucharist on the tongue only! In June of 1966 Ida Peerdeman, the visionary of Amsterdam, attended Mass at the rue du Bac in the chapel of the Miraculous Medal. She received on the tongue from the hands of a priest. At that moment, the Eucharist "began to move" on her tongue and she heard Our Lord say to her: "Do you see this is the way I wanted it!...Thus it is all right...So be it!"
On February 24, 1980 Pope John Paul II made an appeal to priests to "safeguard the sacred dignity of the Eucharistic ministry" in order to maintain the reverence and honor due to Our Lord Who is truly present in the Eucharist. In this letter, entitled Dominicae Cenae, the Pope wrote that "to touch the Sacred Species and to distribute Them [the Hosts] with their own hands is a privilege of the ordained!" Yet at that same time many bishops all over the world were instituting and encouraging the practice of reception in the hands. The Apostolic See voiced grave concern and reservations and to this day has never formally endorsed this practice! As a matter of fact to this very day, the lay faithful has never been made aware of any of the papal letters regarding the distribution of the Eucharist nor of the Pope's expressed preference for reception on the tongue, instead they were led to believe that this change was a result of Vatican II. We must ask ourselves what was the motivation of these bishops and in light of what we now know did any good come of the practice of receiving in the hand?
On April 3, 1980 Ida Peerdeman of Amsterdam had a heavenly vision in which she saw the radiant figure of Our Lord "going ahead of [her] in the Chapel towards the priest who was administering Holy Communion." When she knelt down to receive the Most Holy Eucharist the figure of Our Lord seemed to disappear into the priest. After she received the Host on her tongue, she sensed the True Presence moving and living on her tongue. She then heard: "Thus...I want to be brought among mankind, from the hands of ordained priests!" On this same date of April 3, 1980 Pope John Paul II mandated, in another pastoral letter, Inaestmabile Donum, that the Holy Eucharist...be given to the faithful "through the inter-mediation of Catholic priests who are ordained especially for this work...[except] when there is no priest, deacon or acolyte..." In addition, he instructed the lay faithful that "they are not permitted to take in the hand neither the Consecrated Host nor the Sacred Chalice; let alone distribute it hand to hand amongst themselves!"
Following the bishops' introduction of reception in the hand, the various Conferences of Bishops throughout the world began to encourage the creation of an inordinate and excessive number of "extraordinary ministers of the Eucharist," whose hands are not sanctified, and who would administer the Eucharist during the masses. There was no need for this. The Church has specifically stated that the faculty of ministering the Eucharist by lay people should be minimal and only to fill a just need. Therefore, it is understood clearly that extraordinary ministers are meant to be used sparingly, that is "only when there are no priests, deacons or acolytes available to distribute the Eucharist" or when the need occasionally arises due to an exceptionally large attendance at Mass. As a matter of fact, it is considered incorrect if a priest is available at a Mass but refrains from distributing the Eucharist by opting to allow an extraordinary minister to perform his priestly duty! It is also reprehensible if priests do not make themselves available to serve at Mass by deliberately keeping their distance from their parish church, especially on the Sabbath when the need is greatest! Might one ask of these priests who so frivolously delegate their sacred duties just why they became priests if it was not serve their Lord and Master?
As incredible as it may seem, there are even some bishops and priests, who in an effort to intimidate the flock of Our Lord Jesus Christ and to deny the glory that belongs to God, would have the lay faithful believe that if they received the Eucharist on the tongue from the hands of a priest only that they would be committing ecclesiastical disobedience! DON'T BELIEVE IT! These are usually the same bishops and priests who deliberately ignore the sacred norms set up for the proper celebration of the Mass by either creating or permitting, unprescribed and unacceptable variances and/or by allowing the improper use of leaven bread and bread baskets! Pray for these bishops and pray for the priests whom they also mislead or manipulate through abuse of power! Pray with love in your hearts and compassion for their souls; for they are our brothers in Christ who have gone astray.
It has been almost twenty five years since these scandalous bishops began to overtly irradicate the Truth of the Eucharist. As a result, more than a generation of children has grown up without ever having received the Eucharist on their tongues and without any real concept of the True Presence of Our Lord in the Eucharist. The idea of a sacrilegious Communion is more foreign to them than a foreign language. Worse than that, in many churches, there is no longer any accountability of the Sacred Hosts in the tabernacle! It seems nowadays that in some of these Catholic churches "everyone and his brother" has access to the tabernacle without the presence and supervision of a priest. No longer is Our Lord's True Presence safeguarded. How outrageously Our Dear Good Lord is treated! Furthermore, it is not uncommon now to find the Eucharist on the floor near a pew or someone's foot because for the sake of expediency the Hosts are administered by extraordinary ministers during Mass all over the church. In most churches, there is no longer any solemn and methodical procession up to the priest to receive Our Lord; instead there is a quick convergence to the nearest minister where the Host is quickly deposited in the hands of the communicant like an automated bank machine, which in haste sometimes causes Our Lord's True Body and Blood to be dropped on the floor without notice. As Our Lord said at Amsterdam on May 31, 1978: "They have ravaged My Church..."
It is time for those of us who do love Our Lord and believe in His True Presence to take a stand. Often we are comforted by God's love for us especially in times of need. We feel assured because we have the knowledge that He is ever on our side, always there for us! But how often do we stand up for Him by overtly displaying our affections and doing what is right. Is not Our Good God now asking us: "Who is on My side?" Remember the words of Our Lord: "Whoever acknowledges Me before men I will acknowledge before My Father in heaven. Whoever disowns Me before men I will disown before My Father in heaven" (Mt 10:32:33). We know now from Our Lord's own lips that He wishes us to receive His True Presence on the tongue "from the hands of ordained priests!" Let us do what is expected of us. This is Our Lord and Creator speaking to us. It is He Who was crucified for us. Now we have the opportunity of doing something wonderful for Him. "Faithful disciples of Jesus Christ...May your zeal make you hunger for the glory and honor of Jesus Christ" (Our Lady of La Salette)!
"My people you must implore God the Father...for good Apostles, priests...and the Church of Rome will regain its strength" (Eucharistic Experience, February 2, 1980). "Pray, pray very much for the Pope, bishops and priests...(The Lady at Akita, July 6, 1973).
THE REPARATION PRAYER OF FATIMA
O Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
I adore Thee profoundly. I offer Thee the Most Precious
Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus Christ, present
in all the tabernacles of the world, in reparation for the
outrages, sacrileges and indifference by which He is offended.
By the infinite merits of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
and the Immaculate Heart of Mary,
I beg the conversion of poor sinners.
As only heaven would have it, four of the five apparitions sites spoken of, have powerful prayers associated with them which call to mind the First and Great Commandment of love of God and neighbor. Through each of these prayers the Spiritual Oneness of our beings with God and neighbor is fully embraced. The prayer of Akita is especially beautiful and it contains all the elements of the concepts of coredemption, mediation, and advocacy. In its precise but simple and direct wording it unites the heart of the intercessor or advocate with the Divine Heart of Jesus. The humble intention of the prayer, the goodwill offering of ones' self, as coredemptor, is expressed for "the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls." Like the prayer of Fatima, it is a prayer of mercy and love. Like the prayer of Amsterdam, it is a prayer which also invokes the Holy Spirit. As in the prayers of the Miraculous Medal and the Lady of All Nations (Amsterdam) it pleads for the advocacy and the protection of Our Mother, the Mother of God. Read these prayers and say them often. Say them with the Rosary and throughout the day. They are powerful and loving prayers. Through these prayers, we are participating in the act of mediation, by calling down the graces of God through them! No sooner is the loving act of prayer said then are the graces immediately distributed in union with our love and the love of God and Our Mother to all our brothers and sisters in Christ!
The Prayer of Akita
Most 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.
Most Holy Mother of God,
never let me be separated from Your Divine Son.
Please defend and protect me
as Your special child. Amen.
The Decade Prayer of Fatima
Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins,
save us from the fires of hell,
lead all souls to heaven,
especially those who are most in need of your mercy.
The Prayer of the Miraculous Medal
Oh Mary conceived without sin
pray for us who have recourse to thee.
The Prayer of Amsterdam
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father,
send now Your Spirit over the earth.
Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations,
that they may be preserved from
degeneration, disaster and war.
May the Lady of All Nations, who once was Mary,
be our Advocate. Amen.
On May 1, 1974, Sr. Agnes was informed by her guardian angel that "The more you offer this good intention, the more difficult and numerous will be the obstacles." This was in response to a particular prayer request to St. Joseph whose feast day it was. This very profound, wise and loving counsel given by the angel gives one pause for thought. Why would it be the case that the more you offer your good intention, whatsoever it may be, that one would encounter some form of opposition and from whom? We should be very grateful to this angel for, in those few short words, he is reminding us of the fact that Satan and his hateful minions will work even harder to win a soul once he sees he is losing that soul to heaven! So keep that in mind and remember the more difficult and numerous the obstacles you encounter, the more glory is given to God, and the greater the graces that are received on behalf of yourself and the salvation of souls! Keep up the good fight for as St. Paul says these angels of Satan are "thorn[s] in the flesh [which] keep [us] from getting proud" (2Cor. 12:7). Have confidence in the grace of God which is "enough for you, for in weakness power reaches perfection."
With regard to St. Joseph, who was chosen to be the foster father of Our Lord and therefore protector of Our Lord and the Virgin Mary here on earth, he is known and with good reason as the Protector of the Universal Church. Historically, in the Roman Catholic Church, his intercession has always been implored precisely because of this. St. Joseph, created like any other human being, was uniquely privileged and esteemed worthy enough by God the Father to entrust the Holy Family to his care and guidance. Think of it, this humble man, although a descendant of the royal house of David, was himself neither a king nor one of any prominent position. Yet, unlike any other human being in the history of the world, he was given a position higher than any other earthly king, that of being the parent or foster father of the One True King, and that of being the earthly spouse of the One True Queen and Mother of the Church! It was he who taught Jesus how to carry the wood, would he not also teach us how to carry the Cross? It was he who guided and protected the Holy Family on their secret journey into Egypt, would he not do likewise for us, his foster children, on our journey of faith to the Cross of His foster Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ? Certainly, in light of who St. Joseph is, it would behoove us to remember him in our prayers! To do otherwise would seem foolish, since he is granted by God the grace of protecting all of us against evil and the grace for building up the body of Christ in the Church. We should keep in mind that not only at Akita was St. Joseph mentioned but that at Fatima he also appeared the with Virgin Mary and the Christ Child! We should accord St. Joseph the same honor and respect that Jesus has always given him. We should also look to St. Joseph as Jesus did for the same loving guidance and protection. To this end, God, Who has great affection for St. Joseph, is reminding us of whom we have in this most humble and hidden saint.
On May 1, 1976, Sr. Sasagawa's angel appeared to her again shortly after Communion. This message, in particular, pertained to the importance of the rosary. As at all the apparitions mentioned in this text, the value of the rosary was always stressed. Remember that the rosary is Our Lady's Psalter which through its recitation we meditate on the lives Jesus and Mary while praying for Our Lady's intercession and protection. It is traditionally understood that Mary, Our Mother and Queen, declared to St. Dominic that through this special form of prayer heresies would be conquered and the world would be converted, of which his order, the Order of Preachers would be essential. (The Dominican Order or Order of Preachers as they are officially referred to is Our Lady's own order!) The rosary is considered to be a most effective instrument to combat the evils of this world. It is regarded with fear by those who oppose Our Lady. It is no wonder then that the rosary has such a universal reputation and that it is even said by Catholics and non-Catholics, alike! Because it has been accorded such unusual graces as a weapon of war against the adversaries of the Church many renowned victories have been attributed to it. At Akita, the angel said: "The Rosary is your weapon...Say it with care and more often for the intention of the Pope, of bishops and priests...With courage spread this devotion among the greatest number!"
In the year of 1973, on the anniversary of the miracle of the sun at Fatima, October 13, Our Lady spoke to Sr. Sasagawa in much the same terms. She said: "Each day recite the prayer of the rosary. With the rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests...Pray very much the prayers of the rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach!" Does this not sound like the Lady of All Nations speaking? Did She not say: "This rosary has saved you. Persevere to the end in saying it...Keep on praying [the rosary], all of you!...The prayer [of the rosary] is to be made known everywhere!" When we think of Fatima, we think of the little seers kneeling there at Our Lady's feet praying the rosary. It is always the same reminder "to pray the rosary" for in praying the rosary aren't we uniting our hearts to Our Mother's heart with loving intentions? Didn't the Lady of All Nations ask us to join together in Spiritual Oneness? Did not the angel of Akita direct us to "achieve interior unity; form a single heart!" What better way is there, then to say the rosary with Our Lady and each other? Think of Our Lady's words to Sr. Agnes: "Let us pray together." Let us remember to offer up our day with the prayer of Akita. When saying the rosary include the Fatima prayer at the end of each decade and conclude the rosary as always with the prayer of the Miraculous Medal. And, above all, say the Prayer of Amsterdam often, "whoever you are and wherever you may be." Together, in union with Her Immaculate Heart, we can bring peace to this "degenerate world!"
To demonstrate the power vested by God in Our Lady's Psalter, a frightening drama took place on the morning of June 10, 1974. Sr. Agnes had a direct confrontation with the devil who briefly disguised himself as a "foreign Catholic theologian." The false theologian enjoined Sr. Agnes in a verbal volley in an attempt to persuade her to deny the mystery of the Three Divine Persons in One God. In his banter against the Holy Trinity he also introduced the concept of polytheism, the untrue belief in the existence of many gods. This repugnant beast became more and more angry each time Sr. Agnes stood her ground and defied the evil one. However, when the serpent asked whether she really believed that Christ is God and Man and she answered not only in the affirmative but with great faith and loyalty, he became enraged. At that moment, he "tightened around [her] strongly and completely immobilized [her]. For moments he darted out his red and pointed tongue, bringing his nose before [her] face." Despite the fact that Sr. Agnes was quite exhausted and fearful, she began to pray the rosary with great vigor and determination, and when she flashed the rosary at him he would recoil! Such is the power of the rosary!
This story brings to light several interesting points. Note that the devil disguised himself as a "foreign Catholic theologian." The word 'foreign' that Sr. Agnes used to describe this Catholic theologian is not used in its ordinary sense but in the sense of an apostate theologian within the confines of the Catholic Church! Is this not the epitome of the crux of the problem that is currently the cause of the crisis within our Church today! When this false theologian introduced the idea of polytheism, was this not representative of the current milieu within the Church which is called false ecumenism by which many apostates are trying to water down the one, true faith of the Catholic Church by deliberately diluting the doctrines, especially that of the liturgy of the Eucharist, so that the truth is obscured and the deposit of faith appears similar to any other denomination? Thus the lay faithful, through false misrepresentation of the Church by apostates, are misguided in believing that any church will do! Naturally, the lay faithful gravitate towards the deceptions of "impostor shepherds" because their deceitful rhetoric promotes and accommodates an easier lifestyle by substituting false premises, untruths, which detract from the glory and love of God and which diminish totally a sense of responsibility to God and to neighbor. As the foreign theologian said to Sr. Agnes: "If you would join us, you would lead an easy and agreeable life as we do."
Ultimately, the Catholic flock, through this continual dissemination of lies and enhanced by their own false deductive reasoning, concludes that no church will do! You see there comes a point in this 'introduced' evolution of thinking in which churchgoing becomes an optional concept of "I can take it or leave it; but I don't need it." Finally, this leads to the complete deterioration of faith in God because sooner or later these same people will deny the existence of God! Thus, one sees the loss of souls through deliberate and subtle manipulation of the flock of Jesus Christ by apostates who are really "wolves in sheep's clothing" or as in the case of Sr. Agnes, "a wolf in the clothing of a theologian!"
TRUTH OR COMPROMISE
There is another important facet to this foreign theologian's diatribe namely the attempt to have Sr. Sasagawa deny the Hypostatic Union or the mystery of the Incarnation. Recall that the disguised devil became infuriated when Sr. Sasagawa proclaimed with deep and abiding faith that "Christ is God and Man...It is because we believe that Christ is God and Man that we have become Catholics." At that precise moment, the evil one began to physically oppress her. So great was his contempt for the truth; so absolute was his defeat by the truth. There was no gray or in between area; there was no debate. No subjective opinion. Absolute truth and only truth thwarted Satan! The truth is that Christ is God and Man and that as the Lady of All Nations put it: "No other Church is constituted like ours!" We are Catholics and as Catholics the simple, undeniable truth is that we have the Word Incarnate, the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Truly Present in the Most Holy Eucharist. And isn't that what makes the devil so upset? We have the True Presence among us, the Greatest Gift and Source of Strength - "the Bread of Life!" In this day and age, truth is mistakenly regarded as a perspective, a viewpoint or a reality only according to one's perception. This convoluted modern terminology is the jargon of the liar. But in the world of the faithful, there is only the pure expression of simple yet profound truth. Sr. Sasagawa lives the simple faith of a true believer and because of this she can profess the truth without hesitation and with great love, unlike so many Catholics today who make compromises with the world and in so doing not only negate their faith but quickly give up the Son of Man in the Most Holy Eucharist.
Unfortunately, for many Catholics there is no battle line drawn between themselves and Satan as in the case of Sr. Sasagawa. For the cost of thirty pieces of silver or less, Catholics have betrayed Jesus again! "[Their] world ends not with a bang but a whimper" (The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot). Sadly, though, the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus is wounded by this ingratitude and the Immaculate Heart of Our Mother is again pierced with sorrow. As Our Lady has reminded us at Fatima, La Salette, Amsterdam and Akita: "Make reparation to Him." Offer up courageous sacrifices in reparation and for the conversion of sinners. "I call on the true disciples of the living God... my children... the faithful disciples of Jesus Christ who have lived in...union with God, in suffering and unknown to the world. It is time they came out and filled the world with light. Go and reveal yourselves to be my cherished children. I am at your side...provided that your faith is the light which shines upon you in these unhappy days. May your zeal make you famished for the glory and the honor of Jesus Christ. Fight, children of light, the few who can see. For now is the time of all times..." (The Lady of La Salette, September 19, 1846)! "You have a great task to accomplish. Take courage and fear not. 'The Lady of All Nations' is standing before you...The time is now" (The Lady of All Nations, June 15, 1952)!
THE FINAL CHAPTER
In 1982, on the feast of the Annunciation, a very endearing and highly regarded feast for the Handmaids of the Eucharist, Sr. Agnes was informed that soon her deafness would "be definitely cured in order that the work of the Most High may be accomplished." On May 1, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, the angel declared to Sr. Agnes that her "ears will be definitely cured during this month consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. They will be cured, as the last time, by Him Who is really present in the Eucharist." Lo and behold, on Pentecost Sunday and the Vigil of the feast of the Visitation, during adoration of the Most Blessed Sacrament and at the exact moment that the priest was blessing the Handmaids of the Eucharist with the monstrance of the Blessed Sacrament, Sr. Sasagawa was miraculously and permanently healed of her deafness! This most beautiful moment ended forever the apparitions, messages and miraculous events at Akita!
Now that we have seen clearly how the apparitions of Our Lady at Akita and Amsterdam are related ponder this: on March 25 of 1984, the visionary, Ida Peerdeman, received her last message in Amsterdam; on Easter Sunday, April 22 of 1984, the messages of Akita were ecclesiastically approved; on March 25 of 1984, the Act of Consecration and Entrustment of the world and Russia which Our Lady asked for at Fatima in 1917 was offered once again by Pope John Paul II! As a matter of fact, nineteen eighty four was called a Holy Year of Redemption! How appropriate that that year was so dedicated by Pope John Paul II when the final chapter of these most important messages of the Marian era was coming to completion. It is appropriate because as Pope John Paul II stated, in his encyclical, Redemptor Hominis: "She, [the Blessed Mother], is truly living the life of her Master and Lord and that She is living the mystery of the Redemption in all its life-giving profundity and fullness." Isn't that the focal point of all the messages of Our Mother, from the Rue du Bac to Amsterdam, that we must, in imitation of Our Mother and to the glory of God, "live the life of Our Master and Lord" and like Our Mother become the "living mystery of Redemption in all its life-giving profundity and fullness." So here we have the closing of the apparitions of the Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate, from the Miraculous Medal to the Lady of All Nations, aligned with the closing of a Holy Year of Redemption! The timing is heaven sent! (Please note the Marian era does not officially end until we, in union with Pope John Paul II, proclaim to the world in the final Marian dogma that She is truly the "Mother of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate!")
THE MESSAGES OF MARY AT AKITA
It is easy to see at this point that the messages and warnings of Our Lady at Akita are the same as those of Fatima, La Salette, and Amsterdam. For the sake of brevity, only the most important messages have been listed and even they have been abridged. To read the messages in their entirety, see the section listed under Akita History.
July 6, 1973, First Friday
"Pray very much for the Pope, Bishops and Priests. Since your (Sr. Sasagawa's) Baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue to pray very much...very much."
August 3, 1973, First Friday
"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 [make reparation] by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates.
" 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 sacrifices of compassionate souls who console Him.
"Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices... I desire this [from the world and] 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 [all] in reparation for sins.
"Let each one endeavor, according to capacity and position, to offer herself [or himself] entirely to the Lord...
"Without attaching too much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the Lord. (In other words, pray with your heart. Don't be overly concerned, to the point of distraction or preoccupation, as to the exact recitation of words in a particular prayer, for example.)
"...Of the three, obedience [to God and to the Church] is the foundation [of faith which is formed in true Love]. (Remember the key to obedience is humility. In humility we recognize Our Creator. And only in obedience to His commandments and to His will can we please Him, as Jesus and Mary did. Obedience strengthens the virtue of humility.)
October 13, 1973
The Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima
"...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 been. Fire will fall from the sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity. The good as well as the bad will perish, sparing neither priests nor the faithful...The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by My Son. (Remember at Fatima Our Lady spoke of the annihilation of nations if men do not repent and reform their lives. At La Salette, Our Lady said that "God will strike in an unprecedented way!" At Amsterdam, the Lady of All Nations said on the feast of the Holy Rosary, October 7, 1945: "It will get even worse, until the moment when something dreadful will happen and at once the Cross of Christ will stand in the center of the world. [Then] they [will] look, whether they like it or not...All lift up their gaze; they are ready to look up all of a sudden, but at what a cost!...Keep on praying, all of you...I place my foot on the world. I shall help them...but they must listen!" On December 31, 1951, She said: "It is by dint of terrible strife and calamity that the world with all those who have turned away from the Blessed Trinity, will come back to the Church...The people of the present world should learn to invoke 'the Mother of All Nations' - who once was 'Mary' - as their advocate, so that the whole world may be delivered from degeneration, disaster and war!" By means of the prayer of Amsterdam and the proclamation of Her dogma under Her title She will "save the world from a universal calamity" (May 10, 1953). "The powers of hell will break loose. But they will not prevail against 'the Lady of All Nations'" (December 3, 1953)!)
"The 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...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. (Is not this message identical with that of La Salette when Our Lady said: "Several religious institutions will loose all faith and will lose many souls...Priests...will break away from the true religion...there will even be bishops?" At Amsterdam, did not Our Lord bemoan the fact that "they [the priests] have ravaged My Church?")
"The demon will be especially combative against souls consecrated to God..." (St. Louis M. de Montfort said that "in these latter times...Satan, knowing that he has little time - even less now than ever - to destroy souls, intensifies his efforts and his onslaughts every day. He will not hesitate to stir up savage persecutions and set treacherous snares for Mary's faithful servants and children whom he finds more difficult to overcome than others.")
"...Each one of you pray fervently and make acts of reparation for sins. Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able to save you from the calamities which approach.
"Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
A FINAL NOTE
"If men knew the meaning of eternity, they would do anything to mend their lives." - The Little Seer of Fatima, Jacinta Marto.
"Have no fear, just consider yourself most lucky to have been made worthy of participating in the sufferings of the God-Man. It is not abandonment, but love, great love, which God is showing you. This is not a state of punishment, but of the finest love. Bless the Lord for it, and become resigned to drinking the Chalice of Gethsemane." - Padre Pio
In 1549 on the feast of the Assumption, August 15, St. Francis Xavier arrived on the shores of Japan bringing the "Good News" of Our Lord to a pagan people governed by a feudal system which was broken up into kingdoms. Within about forty years, it is estimated, that there were as many as two million Catholic converts who truly understood and loved their faith. According to St. Alphonsus Liguori, a miraculous event occurred in which a certain King Protasius was informed by two celestial beings that "on the lands over which you rule the sign of Jesus is found; honor and love it much, for it is not the work of man." Shortly thereafter this cross, "the sign of Jesus," left there either by some miraculous design or by St. Francis Xavier, was found by the king's son and given great homage by the Japanese people. That was 1586. The following year this very same king became jealous of his kingdom and began persecuting and killing Catholics to intimidate his people and to discourage any more conversions. However, the effect was contrary to what he had expected. The Catholics were resolute in their faith and he feared that a revolution was in the making. So for ten years there was a "stand off." In 1597 the persecutions began anew. On February 5, in the city of Nagasaki, twenty six Catholics were hung on crosses and each of them was pierced with lances which were thrust into their sides so that the points of the lances exited through their shoulders. Such was the fate of Catholics in Japan for the next two generations. By 1634, only thirty eight years later, over 600,000 martyrs had given up their lives for Christ!!! Indeed, just as the celestial beings had requested, the cross had been truly honored and loved in Japan! Many of these martyrs died on crosses with rosaries hung around necks and the names of Jesus and Mary on their lips while chants of Ave Maria were sung in a heroic display of support by relatives and villagers! Christianity was banned and it seemed by this time effectively wiped out.
On the feast of Pentecost in 1862, Pope Pius IX canonized the twenty six martyrs of Nagasaki. A French priest, Fr. Bernard Petitjean of the Paris Foreign Mission Society, which is located on the rue du Bac only a few doors away from the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal, was inspired by the lives of these saints and the following year he embarked on a mission to Japan. In 1864 he built a church in Nagasaki in memory of the twenty six martyrs. Now at this point 230 years had passed since Christianity was banned in Japan. But an amazing thing happened to Fr. Petitjean, as he knelt in adoration of Our Lord in the Eucharist, fifteen Japanese strangers entered in the church and after a short time, and intense prayer by the priest, for he thought he was about to be martyred, they asked to see "Santa Maria." This was Fr. Petitjean's first personal encounter as a priest with the people of Nagasaki. He realized at that moment that these good Japanese people must be direct descendants of the original Japanese Christians, perhaps even descendants of the twenty six martyrs who had so inspired him!
Apparently these Christians had secretly preserved the faith and passed it on to each successive generation keeping intact as best they could all the traditional holy days, devotions and catechetical teachings of the Church. They even baptized their children in the original Latin rite which they had retained in writing and carefully safeguarded! Above all, they had a tremendous devotion to Our Lady and had placed their families and their country under Her protection! Fr. Bernard Petitjean had discovered the 'underground Catholic Church' in Japan or rather it had discovered him, no doubt through Our Lady's intercession.
Two years later in 1867, 660 Catholics were martyred and thus the government renewed its bloody persecutions in Japan until February of 1873. It has been said that perhaps as many as one million or more Catholics have been martyred in Japan!!! It is no wonder that Japan is so beloved by Our Lady; perhaps this is the reason that She chose to appear there. What better place could Our Mother choose to emphasize the message of Amsterdam, the message of sacrificial love, other than Japan, a land soaked in the sacrificial blood of Her children who gave up their lives for Her Son, Jesus Christ. "No man hath greater love than to give up his life for a friend." Theirs is a legacy of True Love. For from the blood of these martyrs, great graces are shed like 'Living Waters' upon the Communion of Saints here on earth and in Purgatory not just at the moment of death but until the "Reign of Saints!" Has not the "brotherly love" of these martyrs effected in a positive manner "the successive generations" of souls in Japan and throughout the world? Were not these martyrs perfect examples of what it means to be a coredemptor, mediator and advocate. In true love they sacrificed themselves for the glory of God and for the eternal life of others.
To some this concept may seem strange, foreign or ludicrous. But look at the Cross! Is this not what Jesus Christ did?! Did not the Lady of All Nations embrace the Cross of Her Son? Did not Mother Teresa spend her life as one living sacrifice for others? Did not Padre Pio suffer morning and night racked in the pain of Our Lord's wounds for fifty years? Did not St. Therese of Lisieux pray ceaselessly behind closed walls until the day she died? And does not Our Mother continue to suffer and pray for us in sacrificial love? Do you not think that Mother Teresa, Padre Pio, and St. Therese looked forward to being in heaven, not because they thought they deserved it nor because they soley desired to rest in the glory of God, but because in the Presence of God their natures would be glorified and therefore they understood that they could pray more powerfully and continually with out interruption and with even greater love on behalf of all their brothers and sisters in Christ and to the greater glory of God? They understood that the greater their loving sacrifices during their earthly sojurn, the greater would be the meritorious graces from heaven to share out upon those still journeying here. It is as St. Philomena once explained that the saints in heaven are like all different size vases, each one filled to capacity and perfectly content; each vase according to its size continually spills over with graces which are shed upon us. In another words, the greater the individual loving sacrifices here on earth out of love of God and neighbor, the greater the individual size of the vase in heaven, the greater the saint's participation in the flow of graces shed upon us. This might help to explain why some saints seem to be more "powerful" in their response to our prayers.
This is not an easy thing to do, carrying the cross and making sacrifices. Yet Our Lord, Our Mother and all the saints were content and peaceful here on earth while doing just that! This must seem most perplexing of all, for how can anyone be content or peaceful who suffers or sacrifices continually? Ask yourself this question, what does make one happy? The only answer is Love! True love is not self seeking but rather it is selfless! It is a free will act of giving oneself, making sacrifices, so that "Christ lives" in you and through you! True love is the only fulfilling and rewarding act. With true love there are no regrets but rather there is the fruit of peace and contentedness! And it must not go unsaid at this point that none of these loving sacrifices would be possible at all without the grace of God. We can do nothing without Him.
Is this only the stuff of saints? Yes. But we are all meant to be saints. If we don't learn sooner then we will learn later, the hard way, either through the wrath of God or in purgatory if we make it! The trouble is that we have been deceived into thinking that suffering has no value, that we deserve better and that we can create an ideal world through avoidance of pain and through pleasure seeking. The fact is that suffering is meritorious and universally beneficial. Have you ever noticed Mother Teresa with a frown on her face or have you ever heard a story where Padre Pio acted like an unhappy wretch because of his wounds? Of course not! Look at St. Vincent de Paul with his smiling face who gave from his want and more! Look at the Patriarch Joseph, son of Jacob, who suffered at the hands of his brothers; was not his family and the whole of the Jewish race preserved through his sacrifice? We should make use of every opportunity we have to suffer from a hangnail to a migraine headache or whatever God sends us by offering it up. As a matter of fact, we should look for opportunities by fasting or giving up some small pleasure on behalf of souls or to make reparation to the Hearts of Jesus and Mary. In this society, we have been inculcated into thinking we should earn our rewards now in excessive leisure time and self pleasure. Why not rethink this attitude and earn our reward in heaven by utilizing our time now with extra prayer and good works towards others in imitation of "the Son of Man who had nowhere to rest His head?" Like the hero who saves a life, we are meant to be Christians who save souls. This is not the work of cowards but the hard work of courageous loving souls who obey their Mother when She says "do whatever He tells you" by carrying the cross and offering it up.
When we think of Japan, World War II comes to mind. Surely, the question must arise "well, how did the blood of the Japanese martyrs benefit the souls in Japan if the war in the Pacific began there?" And this is a good question. We can rest assured that there were and are many great graces from the death of these most loving martyrs. But Japan is no different than any other nation. Look at Germany and all the centuries of Christianity there; it was the center of the Holy Roman Empire. Yet, Germany began two world wars! Look at France, the Eldest Daughter of the Church, with all the graces that were poured on it and four famous apparitions: La Salette, the Miraculous Medal, Lourdes and Pontmain. A blessed country indeed from which such great saints as St. Vincent de Paul, St. Joan of Arc, St. Therese the "Little Flower" and St. Margaret Mary and the Sacred Heart devotions came! Today the faith of France is at best lukewarm. Look at Amsterdam, the City of the Miraculous Host - a one time pilgrimage center for all of Europe - which today has become a city of ultimate degeneration! So what is the answer to the question as to why these good countries such as Japan, France, Germany and Holland, as well as many others, haven fallen into such states of corruption? The answer lies in Fatima and our negligence in not responding to Our Mother's requests! Did not Our Lady warn us at Fatima in 1917 to pray for the conversion of sinners, make sacrifices, say the rosary and consecrate the world and Russia to Her Immaculate Heart? Did She not warn us that we would suffer from the consequences of our sins if we did not repent and make reparations to Her Son in the Eucharist? Did we make reparations to Her Immaculate Heart as Her Son, Our Lord wished us to do? Did She not warn us of a possible second world war and the annihilation of nations if we did not do as She asked? Did we listen? No! By now it should be clear that we are indeed "our brothers' keepers!" We must listen to Our Mother and pray and make sacrifices for one another for "all Christians are responsible...for successive generations" (Lady of All Nations, February 17, 1952)!
At Akita and Amsterdam, the Lady of All Nations, is asking us for the last time, entreating us as never before to repent and to convert; to love Her Son truly present in the Eucharist, to say the rosary and to make sacrifices. At La Salette, Fatima, Akita and Amsterdam, She has told us that She alone is able to save this world from a universal calamity. She loves us and like a loving Mother, She implores us to be good and to love one another. For the conversion of the world, She asks us to make sacrifices, to pray and to invoke the Holy Spirit. She asks us, in union with Pope John Paul II, to proclaim Her the "Mother or Lady of All Nations: Coredemptrix, Mediatrix and Advocate." If we don't, we will most surely regret it!!! Pray hard and waste no time. Let us not make the same mistake for a third and worse time; for we did not listen to Her Fatima nor did we listen to Her at La Salette. There is still time, however short. For your families, your country and the world, make an Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and say the prayer of Amsterdam often; sign the petition for the final Marian dogma under Her title; make sacrifices and say the rosary. Receive Our Lord in the Most Holy Eucharist daily: "Come to Me, all you who are weary and find life burdensome, I will refresh you" (Mt. 11:28)!
An Act of Consecration
The Immaculate Heart of Mary
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of heaven and earth, tender Mother of men, in accordance with Thy ardent wish made known at Fatima, I consecrate to Thee myself, my brethren, my country and the whole human race.
Reign over us and teach us how to make the Heart of Jesus reign and triumph in and around us, as it has reigned and triumphed in Thee.
Reign over us, dear Mother, that we may be thine in prosperity and in adversity, in joy and in sorrow, in health and in sickness, in life and in death. O most compassionate Heart of Mary, Queen of Virgins, watch over our minds and hearts, and preserve them from the deluge of impurity, which Thou didst lament so sorrowfully at Fatima. We want to be pure like Thee. We want to atone the many crimes committed against Jesus and Thee. We want to call down upon our country and the whole world the peace of God in justice and charity.
Therefore, we now resolve to imitate Thy virtues by the practice of a Christian life without regard to human respect. We resolve to receive Holy Communion on the first Saturday of every month, and to offer Thee five decades of the Rosary each day, together with our sacrifices, in the spirit of reparation and penance. Amen.
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