Since we have entered these Latter Times which does not mean the end of the world , no other intervention of the Virgin Mary raised so much opposition within the Church as did the messages of the Lady of All Peoples.
Would not the cause of this trouble and why not say it, this strange hatred be the fact that the serious deviations from the faith to be found in her Sons Church were being brought out in the open by the Mother of the Church? A Church which, in so many places, is completely taken by things of this earth rather than with its gaze raised to heaven. And since, there, we no longer believe in heaven except in a very intellectual way, and even more than that, very often with the only purpose of safeguarding what remains of its influence over a people in part dechristianized, it is to be expected that, in such an atmosphere, Marys advice, her sadness and her supplications would not be well received.
The Lady of All Peoples appeared for the first time in Amsterdam in 1945, on the feast of the Annunciation. Having come to this earth in the Netherlands, Mary saw the doors of the Church close before her.
Of course, the facts occurring in Amsterdam, before being admissible within the Church, required that an enquiry be held. But there never was an enquiry. Worse still, there was a pretense and a parody of an enquiry.
In a Humble Convent at Akita...
Where then could Mary, the LADY OF ALL PEOPLES, go, she who had come down from heaven to speak to men, if all the churches were closed to her? She chose a country with great crowds, the most current, the most modern, the one which the world is eyeing and envying: Japan.
Now, in this feverish Japanese land, there was a very poor convent in which five nuns from a secular institute lived as Christian a life as they could. They had, at their disposal, a chapel in which the Blessed Sacrament was constantly present. Close to the tabernacle, there was a wooden statue made from the wood of the Judas tree, representing the Virgin Mary standing on the globe with her back to the Cross.
We should state immediately that it was the statue of the Lady of All Peoples, but as far as I know, the Sisters were not aware of this. If they knew it, they did not speak of it. When the news of the extraordinary events surrounding the statue spread, it was, for everyone, the Virgin of Akita.
The First Message (July 6, 1973)
One of the five Sisters, Sister Agnes Sasagawa, was deaf, stone deaf. Now, on that night, she was suffering terribly as though a nail was being pounded into her hand or a drill burrowed into her left hand, so that she could not sleep. Cloistered behind her wall of silence, she suddenly heard:
Sister Agnes Sasagawa
next to the statue
of the Lady of All Peoples
That the voice should come from the statue of the Lady of All Peoples was already, and from the very beginning of the wonders at Akita, to state and confirm what she had already said in Amsterdam.
Marys wound is much deeper than yours,, the angel had said to Sister Agnes. And Sister Agnes saw Marys wound. In the palm of her right hand, Mary had the wound that Sister Agnes had in the palm of her left hand. And Mary, maternally, said:
Is the wound in your hand painful? Pray, in reparation for the sins of humanity. All the girls who are here, and each one in particular, are as precious to me as the apple of my eye. Do you say well the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist? Let us pray it together.
The angel then joined in their prayer and together they said:
O Jesus, truly present in the host, offered in sacrifice at every instant on all the altars of the world, we consecrate our body and our soul to you, in union with your divine Heart, to give glory to the Father and to beg for THE COMING OF YOUR KINGDOM.
Please receive this humble offering; use it as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
And Mary continued on, alone this time, with these words:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, spread your spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all peoples that they may be delivered from corruption, disaster and war.
However, she did not add the next sentence in the prayer she had already given in Amsterdam, for this would have caught the attention of the enemies. Therefore, she did not pronounce the words: May the Lady of All Peoples, who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen.
On July 27, Bishop Ito, Bishop of Niigata, the diocese in which Akita is located, witnessed the simultaneous flow of blood from the statues right hand and Sister Agnes left hand. Marys wound and Sister Agnes wound were identical, the one and the other both in the shape of a cross.
Any decision regarding this type of supernatural event being reserved to the local bishop where the phenomena occur, Mary, here in Japan and for the first time, would make of the bishop a constant witness of the wonders which would take place. (...)
The Second Message (August 3, 1973)
[In his pastoral letter dated April 22, 1984, in which Bishop Ito officially recognized the authenticity of the facts, miracles and words emanating from the statue of the Virgin Mary at Akita, there is an account of the facts as they were reported and as they happened on August 3, 1973.]
On Friday, August 3 at three oclock in the afternoon, Sister Sasagawa was in the chapel meditating upon the Lords Passion. On that day, and exceptionally, the angel was there praying at her side. At the end, he asked her smilingly: Is there something you would like to ask?
In fact, Sister was preparing to transmit several questions from the bishop as soon as she would have an opportunity to speak to the angel. The mysterious voice, COMING FROM THE STATUE, intervened without giving her time to ask these questions. My daughter, my novice, do you love the Lord? If you love the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you, for it is very important. Convey it to your superior. Many men in this world grieve the Lord. I seek souls to console Him. In order to appease the anger of the Heavenly Father, I wish, with my Son, for souls who will make reparation for sinners and the ungrateful by offering up their sufferings and penance to God on behalf of them. In order that the world might know the wrath of the Heavenly Father toward todays world, He is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. With my Son, many times I have tried to appease the Heavenly Fathers wrath. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering Him, with all the victim-souls who console Him, the sufferings of His Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood and His very loving Soul. Prayer, penance, renunciation and courageous acts of sacrifice can soften the anger of the Heavenly Father. I desire this also from your Community, that it remain poor, sanctify itself and pray, in reparation for the ingratitude and insults of so many men.
The Third Message (October 13, 1973)
October 13, 1917 marked the final apparition in Fatima. At that time, a crowd, a huge crowd, gathered at the Cova da Iria, saw, panic-stricken, the sun fall to the earth.
As men refused to understand or especially to hear the warning given by heaven on that day marking the beginning of the Time of the End which, in Holy Scripture, is known as the Day of Yahweh, so it was that on this same October 13 of the year 1973, the Father, through the mouth of someone who was deaf, totally deaf, as deaf as the world is today, as the Church is today proclaimed, through Mary, that the time of the supreme fulfillments was coming:
My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you, and relay my messages to your superior. As I told you, if men do not repent and better themselves, the Heavenly Father will inflict a great punishment on all humanity. It will definitely be a punishment greater than the deluge, such as has never been seen before. Fire will plunge from the sky and a large part of humanity will perish... sparing neither priests nor the faithful. The survivors will find themselves plunged into such terrible hardships 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. Pray the rosary every day for the pope, bishops and priests. The priests who venerate me will be scorned and condemned by their confreres. Churches and altars will be sacked; the Church will be full of those who accept compromises and the demon will tempt many priests and religious to leave the service of the Lord. He will relentlessly attack especially souls consecrated to God. The thought of the perdition of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. Already, the cup is overflowing; if sins continue to be committed further, there will no longer be pardon for them.
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[From January 4, 1975, to September 15, 1981, the wooden statue representing the Lady of All Peoples wept one hundred and one times. In 1975, through the intermediary of the press, radio and television reports, the one hundred and fifteen million Japanese heard speak of the extraordinary phenomena of the Virgin of Akita. Many were even able to see them on their television screens.]
The wooden statue of
the Virgin of Akita during
A Korean woman, Mrs. Chun, baptized only a short time previously, had been hospitalized because of a brain tumor and was in a coma. Her case was quite clearly incurable, irreversible, a diagnosis which the x-rays attested to.
Pilgrims from Akita placed a picture of the statue next to the dying woman, and a cure occurred. Three times the Virgin of Akita came to visit Mrs. Chun, as though to give her instruction. The Korean Church authorities recognized that the undeniable miracle was due to the intercession of the Virgin honored at Akita and they submitted a report of this to Rome.
Hence, we have here a recognition of the facts of Akita by the Bishop of Niigata, in the same manner that acceptance of preceding apparitions of Mary, be they at Lourdes or Fatima, was granted by the local bishop through the seal of his full authority, without there having been a confirmation by Rome in either situation through an act of its supreme power.
Thus we can see in this and knowing as we now do, who the Virgin of Akita is in reality how prudent Mary had to be in order not to arouse the attention of her powerful enemies. From the very onset of her action, she began by making Sister Agnes, her instrument, recite the prayer to the Lady of All Peoples, but omitting the last sentence: May the Lady of All Peoples, who once was Mary, be our Advocate. Amen, for this, of course, would have aroused the enemy and there would have been immediate obstruction.
Consequently, everything in Japan unfolded according to the prescribed plan and Mary escaped the surveillance of her enemies. Thus, the Church would finally be able, in a near future perhaps, to open itself to the veneration and invocation of the Lady of All Peoples.
For the Virgin of Akita is the Lady of All Peoples.
Now, had she, in Japan, referred to herself under the new name she had proclaimed in Holland, her powerful and highly-placed enemies, having been alerted, would once again have placed barriers in her path.
But it is really She, the Lady (the Woman) of All Peoples. Let us take a closer look:
Standing on the terrestrial globe with her back to the Cross, arms outstretched towards the peoples of the world, palms open to pour out graces.
Rigorously identical to the One in Holland who had been driven out of the Church, she cannot be mistaken with or likened to some other preceding manner in which the Blessed Virgin has already manifested herself to men.
With the exception, however, of the Miraculous Medal in the manner in which she came in Paris.
In Paris, she is the One who was announced in the first book of Scripture.
In Amsterdam, she is the One who fights in the last book of Scripture.
Quebec, July 31, 1987
(Excerpts from the text La Dame de tous les Peuples by Raoul Auclair
in Le Royaume, no. 55, October 1987)
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