Our meditation today arises from the approved apparition of Our Lady of Akita, Japan from June 12, 1973 until Sept. 15, 1981. It began with 101 instances of a statue of Mary bleeding and weeping. Sr Agnes Sasagawa then received visions of an angel and messages from Mary, the Mother of God and Our Mother.
Bishop John Ito approved this apparition on April 22, 1984, after years of extensive investigation.
The Context into which we must situate the Apparition of Mary in Akita is the cosmic struggle between the Mary and the Devil. This struggle begins with the prophecy in Genesis 3:15 that in the end the Woman would crush the head of Satan. It is found again in the Book of Revelation chapter 12 where we are told of the struggle between the Woman Clothed with the Sun and the Great Red Dragon.
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In 1830, God revealed the Miraculous Medal apparition, depicting Mary crushing the head of Satan. In 1858, Pope Pius IX proclaimed the Immaculate Conception of Mary, that the devil never had and can never have any power over her. In 1950, Pope Pius XII proclaimed the Assumption of Mary, indicating that Mary in her glorious Assumption of into Heaven, Body and Soul, has gained the complete victory over Satan, by means of her Son, the Savior of the World, Jesus Christ. On July 13, 1917, Mary proclaimed at Fatima, "In the end, My Immaculate Heart will triumph…and a period of peace will be granted to the world."
Mary has already begun to crush the head of Satan, but as he writhes in agony, his tail is sweeping the world and souls toward complete destruction. 1977, Pope Paul VI, “The tail of the devil is functioning in the disintegration of the Catholic world. The darkness of Satan has entered and spread throughout the Catholic Church even to its summit. Apostasy, loss of faith, is spreading throughout the world and into its highest levels in the Church.”
Mary delivered messages three times to Sr. Sasagawa Akita Japan in 1973:
1. 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."
This is Reminiscent of the 2nd Apparition of the Angel to the three children of Fatima in the Summer of 1916
While the children were playing around the well near Lucia’s house, suddenly the Angel appeared and asked:
"What are you doing? Pray, pray very much! The Most Holy Hearts of Jesus and Mary have designs of mercy on you. Offer prayers and sacrifice constantly to the Most High. The hearts of Jesus and Mary have a mission for you"
Lucy asked the Angel: “How are we to make sacrifices?”
"Make of everything you can a sacrifice and offer it to God as an act of reparation for the sins by which He is offended, and in supplication for the conversion of sinners. In this way, you will draw peace upon your country. I am its Guardian Angel, the Angel of Portugal. Above all, accept and bear with submission the sufferings which the Lord will send you."
The most spiritually fruitful you can be is the patient acceptance and endurance of the sufferings, which you did not choose yet, which God in His mysterious providence sends you.
2. AUGUST 3, 1973
"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…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."
3. OCTOBER 13, 1973
"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."
Mary warned of the impending dangers for the Church
"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"
"Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."
What is the purpose of the message about chastisements? God does not need to punish us:
The Purpose of the Message of Chastisement is this: The future is not irrevocably set, we can change world events and save souls, if we answer the call of Our Lady
What is Mary asking of us?
Consecration and living the consecration to Mary
Pray the Rosary every day
Personal conversion by a daily examination of conscience and frequent confession
A Eucharistic life - Mass & Eucharistic Adoration as often as possible
Accepting Your Own Cross
What you did not choose, do not like and cannot change
Accept it with trust and unite it to the Cross of Jesus
to bring about the final defeat of Satan and the salvation of souls.
7. Lead people to Mary who will lead them to Jesus
San Nicolas Argentina, December 30, 1989, Jesus said: “Before, the world was saved by means of Noah’s Ark; today the Ark is My Mother. Through her, souls will be saved, because she will bring them toward me.”
Pope Benedict XVI
“In the end it is Mary…in whom a new beginning takes place, in whom human existence starts afresh.”