In 1973, a Japanese nun named Sister Agnes Sasagawa, was praying
in the chapel. Suddenly a brilliant light burst from the tabernacle. Several
visions were manifested to her over a period of time, a cross shaped wound
appeared on her hand. On July 6, 1973 this wooden statue appeared to come
alive and conveyed messages to her from the Blessed Virgin Mary. The statue
began to weep on January 4, 1975, wept 101 times, and was witnessed by
hundreds of people over a period of time. Because of miraculous cures,
Bishop Ito declared on April 22, 1984, the events of Akita were supernatural.
The final message from 'Our Blessed Mother', given on October 13, 1973 was:
"You have still something to ask? Today is the last time I will speak to you in a living voice. From now on you will obey the one sent to you (Father Yasuda) and your superior.
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 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 that will remain for you will be the Rosary and 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 the Church in such a way that one will see Cardinals opposing Cardinals, Bishops against other Bishops (has happened with Archbishop LeFabvre). The Priests who venerate me will be scorned by their confreres (happening now),...Churches and altars sacked, the Church will be full of those who accept compromises (happening now), 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."