Update: April, 2007, Sister Agnes Sasagawa and Father Yasuda are still alive and well. Father Yasuda though frail will celebrate his 91st birthday in May, 2007. The statue of Our Lady that cried 101 times has not cried again since. Medjugorje USA has exclusive and rare photos of the statue and the Akita chapel and grounds around the convent. In the coming months these photos will be added to a link at the bottom of this page.
In Akita, Japan on June 12, 1973, Sister Agnes Sasagawa while in prayer witnessed rays of light proceeding from the tabernacle. The miraculous happenings to follow were such that on April 22, 1984, after an 11-year investigation, bishop John Shojiro declared the events to be of supernatural origin, with Holy See approval.
In the coming days after the rays of light, Sister Agnes was to suffer the wounds of the stigmata on the inside of her left hand. The cross-shaped wounds profusely bleed causing Sister a great deal of pain and suffering.
In the chapel stood a 3-foot statue of the Virgin Mary carved from Katsura wood. While praying on July 6, Sister Agnes heard a voice coming from the statue now glowing in light. A voice came from the statue, which Sister said was indescribably beautiful. Later that day several other sister noticed the wooden carved statue had drops of blood flowing from its right hand.
On September 29, the bleeding right hand stopped and the statue began to sweat. The sweat sent out the sweet sent of perfume.
On January 4, 1975 the blessed statue started to cry, at different intervals. The crying statue continued to do so for almost 7 years. The weeping statue has been known to cry a total of 101 times in the course of 6 years and 8 months.
Many people have been present during these manifestations giving testimony and witness to the credible and incredible events. Scientific testing at the University of Akita proves that the blood, tears, and sweat are human in nature.
On three different occasions Our Lady gave Sister Agnes three message. These messages follow.
JULY 6, 1973
"My daughter, my novice, you have obeyed me well in abandoning all to follow me. Is the infirmity of your ears painful? Your deafness will be healed, be sure. Does the wound of your hand cause you to suffer? Pray in reparation for the sins of men. Each person in this community is my irreplaceable daughter. Do you say well the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist? Then, let us pray it together.
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the altars of the world and giving praise to the Father pleading for the coming of His Kingdom
Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as You will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls.
Most holy Mother of God, never let me be separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your Special Child. Amen.
When the prayer was finished, the Heavenly Voice said:
Pray very much for the Pope, Bishops, and Priests. Since your Baptism you have always prayed faithfully for them. Continue to pray very much...very much. Tell your superior all that passed today and obey him in everything that he wil tell you. He has asked that you pray with fervor."
AUGUST 3, 1973
"My daughter, my novice, do you love the Lord? 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. With my Son 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. I desire this also from your community...that it love poverty, that it sanctify itself and pray in reparation for the ingratitude and outrages of so many men.
Recite the prayer of the Handmaids of the Eucharist with awareness of its meaning; put it into practice; offer in reparation (whatever God may send) for sins. Let each one endeavor, according to capacity and position, to offer herself entirely to the Lord.
Even in a secular institute prayer is necessary. Already souls who wish to pray are on the way to being gathered together. Without attaching to much attention to the form, be faithful and fervent in prayer to console the Master.
(After a silence:)
Is what you think in your heart true? Are you truly decided to become the rejected stone? My novice, you who wish to belong without reserve to the Lord, to become the spouse worthy of the Spouse, make your vows knowing that you must be fastened to the Cross with three nails. These three nails are poverty, chastity, and obedience. Of the three, obedience is the foundation. In total abandon, let yourself be led by your superior. He will know how to understand you and to direct you."
OCTOBER 13, 1973
"My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior."
(After a short silence:)
"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 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 priests
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.
With courage, speak to your superior. He will know how to encourage each one of you to pray and to accomplish works of reparation.
It is Bishop Ito, who directs your community.
(And She smiled and then said:)
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.
Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamites which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved."