Japanese Wooden Statue Weeps, Sheds Blood, and Performs Miracles
In total, the Virgin Mary appeared to speak to Sister Agnes three times. In the third visitation, the statue proclaimed a message remarkably similar to the Third Secret of Our Lady of Fatima. Our Lady of Akita said:
“My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior. 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 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 prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and 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. 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 Ito, who directs your community. 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 superior. 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.”
Mary promised to heal Sister Agnes hearing and, by 1982, the once-deaf Agnes had perfect hearing again, despite be declared incurable. In 1981, a South Korean woman named Teresa Chun Sun Ho had visions of the Lady of Akita while in a coma. Chun suffered from a brain tumor and was not expected to recover. Upon awaking, she traveled to Japan and prayed at the Our Lady of Akita shrine. When she returned to South Korea, her doctors were amazed to find her totally cured.
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In addition to the bleeding palms, the statue was seen perspiring a sweet perform and weeping several times, some of which were caught on film by local news reporters. All told, the statue wept, perspired, or bled 101 times. The number is believed to be significant: the first 1 represents the sin a woman brought into the world (Eve biting the apple); the second 1 represents the salvation another woman brought into the world (Mary giving birth to Jesus Christ); the 0 in between represents the eternity of the Holy Spirit.
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Non-Catholic specialists examined the fluids of the statue and found them to be human fluids. Initially, the Archbishop of Tokyo dismissed the miraculous claims without even visiting Akita. However, Bishop Ito, who had witnessed the miracles, pushed for the Roman officials to establish a commission. While the Holy See has never officially confirmed the legend of Our Lady of Akita, Cardinal Ratzinger (later Pope Benedict XVI) approved of the veracity of the messages from the Virgin Mary that came to the people of Akita.
Top image: Our Lady of Akita, Japan. Photo Source: ( CC BY-SA 4.0 )
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