Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Fatima and Akita

(extract from recent article by Roberto di Mattei) The Blessed Virgin Mary was not a talkative and sentimental woman, and Her messages, when they are authentic, go straight to the point. Her words are a gift from Heaven to confirm men in their faith or to give them direction and comfort in their difficulties. At Lourdes, in 1858, Mary put the seal on the dogma of the Immaculate Conception which had been promulgated four years previously by Pius IX. At Fatima, in 1917, She announced a great punishment for the world if it did not repent of its sins. In this prophecy which Benedict XVI said was “unfinished,” Our lady wanted to make us understand how the world is living through a tragic hour in its history, reminding each person of their own responsibilities. A strong teaching, along the same lines as that of Fatima, comes to us from another Marian Message that is not very well known, the fortieth anniversary of which occurred precisely on October 13 2013: that of Akita. Akita is the name of the place, in Japan, where the apparitions of Our Lady to Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa, of the order of the Servants of the Eucharist, took place. On October 13 1973, the religious received the final and most important message in which Our Lady described the punishment which awaited humanity in these words: “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 prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, the 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. The Church and altars will be vandalized. 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 rage especially 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 no longer be pardon for them.” In April of 1984 Msgr. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop of Niigata in Japan, after a thorough investigation, declared that the revelations of Akita were to be considered as having a supernatural origin and he authorised the veneration of the Holy Mother of Akita in his dioceses. In June of 1988 Cardinal Ratzinger, then Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, declared the events of Akita as being reliable. The Philippine Ambassador to the Holy See, Howard Dee, has publicly testified that in a conversation with Cardinal Ratzinger, the Cardinal confirmed to him that the messages of Fatima and of Akita have the same content. The Prophecies of Fatima and of Akita foresee punishments for humanity and for the Church on a natural, political and above all on a spiritual level, and remind us that God is infinitely merciful because, in the first place, He is infinitely just. This is not the hour for illusions, optimism or superficial smiles, but for earnestness and battle. And the Immaculate has promised to assist us until Her final triumph.