|Sister Agnes Sasagawa|
Another Marian apparition that has been approved by the Catholic Church occurred in 1969 in Japan. An angelic being appeared to Sister Agnes Sasagawa, who was a postulant in the Order of the handmaids of the Eucharist. The angel gave her a prayer to add to her Rosary:
"O My Jesus, forgive us our sins; save us from the fire of hell; lead all souls to heaven, especially those most in need."
This prayer was one of those given by the Blessed Virgin to the children at Fatima! On June 12, 1973, Sister Agnes, who was deaf, heard a voice urging her to go pray in the chapel:
"Do not fear. Pray with fervor not only because of your sins, but in reparation for those of all men. The world today wounds the most Sacred Heart of Our Lord by its ingratitudes and injuries. The wounds of Mary are much deeper and more sorrowful than yours. Let us go pray together in the chapel."
When she went there, she saw brilliant beams of light emanating from the tabernacle. The light appeared during the next two days. On June 28, stigmata (the wounds of Christ) began to appear on her hands in the form of a bleeding cross. On July 6, while praying in the chapel, Sr. Agnes heard a the statue of the Virgin Mary speak to her, and other sisters saw blood dripping from the statue’s right hand later the same day. The phenomena repeated itself four times, ending on September 29. On that day, sisters witnessed "sweat" exuding from the statue’s forehead and neck. Then the statue began to "weep", and continued to do so until 1982. A Japanese TV crew was able to film the weeping phenomenon.
Sister Agnes continued to receive messages from the angel (speaking for Mary) for 9 more years. The following prophecies are excerpted from the transmissions:
"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."
"Is the infirmity of your ears painful? Your deafness will be healed. Does the wound of your hand cause you to suffer? Pray in reparation for the sins of men. [The apparition gave the text of a prayer.] Pray very much for the pope, bishops, and priests. Tell your superior all that passed today..." (July 6, 1973)
"If you love the Lord, listen to what I have to say to you. It is very important; you will convey it to your superior. Many men in this world afflict the Lord. I desire souls to console him to soften the anger of the heavenly father. I wish, with my son, for souls who will repair by their suffering and their poverty for the sinners and ingrates.
"In order that the world might know his anger, the heavenly father is preparing to inflict a great chastisement on all mankind. I have intervened so many times to appease the wrath of the father. I have prevented the coming of calamities by offering him the sufferings of the son on the cross, his precious blood, and beloved souls who console him forming a cohort of victim souls. Prayer, penance and courageous sacrifices can soften the father's anger... Even in a secular institute prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. Without attaching too much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the master." (August 3, 1973)
"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 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 work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, bishops against 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. 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." (Oct. 13, 1973)