Our Lady of Akita
Where: Akita, Japan
When: 1973 - 1979
Our Lady of Akita is the Catholic title of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Associated with a wooden statue venerated by faithful Japanese who hold it to be miraculous. This image is known due to the apparitions reported by Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in the remote area of Yuzawadai the outskirt of Akita, Japan.
The apparitions were unusual in which the statue was reported to weep several times. One of which was broadcasted on Japanese National Television and became drew further notice due to the sudden healing of Sr. Agnes from her hearing impairment experienced after the apparitions.
Sr. Agnes, originally from a Buddhist family, had encountered many health problems for several decades. Her health improved after she drank the water from Lourdes under the care of a Catholic nun.
On August 4, 1981, a Korean woman with a terminal brain tumor was miraculously cured after friends and relatives prayed for the intercession of Our Lady of Akita. Her name is Teresa Chun Sun Ho. She received visions of Mary related to the Akita events during her recovery, the first while comatose. Her disease was diagnosed and the subsequent cure verified by medical professionals in South Korea. Yasuda wrote that according to Chun and other October 1983 Korean pilgrims, Chun's cure "had been declared miraculous by Church authorities of Korea".
My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. ...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. ...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. ...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. ...I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach.[