Fatima and Akita: A Parallel

Our Lady of Akita: “Fire will fall from the sky”

by Bradley Eli, M.Div., Ma.Th. • ChurchMilitant • October 13, 2017

During the last Marian apparition at Fatima on October 13, 1917, some 70,000 people witnessed what seemed to be the sun crashing to earth. Photographs were even taken showing the crowd looking up at the sky in wonder and fear. The event that day came to be called the “Miracle of the Sun.”

As there were three secrets or messages at Fatima, similarly, there were also three messages given at the Church-approved Marian apparition to a nun in Akita, Japan, in 1973. The third and final message from Our Lady of Akita to Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa was given on the same day as Fatima’s Miracle of the Sun: October 13. In that message Mary warned:

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. The only arms which will remain for you will be the Rosary and the Sign left by my Son.

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  1. [I’m convinced that Our Lady has appeared nowhere since Fatima.]

    The Akita Deception
    (something I wrote awhile ago)

    A discussion of deceptions in traditionalist circles would not be complete without a look at false apparitions and prophecy. In Novus-Ordo circles, it is easy to see the damage done by obviously false apparitions like Medjugorje. That heretical phenomenon has ruined peoples’ lives and drained families of much needed money. But the appetite for inside information and end-times prophecy isn’t confined to the Novus Ordo crowd because it derives from our concupiscence. Hence, it is not surprising to find persons exploiting apparitions among traditionalists. There is even abuse of true apparitions, such as Our Lady of Fatima, causing distractions and factions, all to no good end. But there is also at least one false apparition, which is Akita.

    Akita, Japan, was the location of messages supposedly from Our Lady to a religious Sister in the 1970’s. Catholics are free to believe and promote the apparitions because they have been approved and even promoted by local ordinary (bishop) of that time. However, there is good reason to avoid Akita because it derives from a false 1940’s apparition in Holland known as “The Lady of All Nations.” The clear indicator of falsehood is that apparition’s promotion of socialism (link here): “Breadth of vision has to come, a more social outlook. There are various movements showing a trend to socialism, which is good, …” (8/29/1945, emphasis added) It is impossible that the Mother of God could promote socialism after the clear condemnations of Popes Pius IX and Pius XI and others.

    The weeping wooden statue at Akita was carved after the image of “The Lady of All Nations” at the request of the Sister just before she received the messages. The videotape “Hill of Redemption” highlights the Sister’s devotion to The Lady of All Nations. Because of this, one could logically infer that Our Lady is pleased to be identified with The Lady of all Nations—an impossibility. Add to this the strangeness of the Sister opening the tabernacle and handling the Body of Our Lord (in the video), and you have abundant reason to avoid this apparition.

    There are many false visions of and messages from Our Lady since Fatima, but this shouldn’t be a surprise. For Our Lady of Fatima said “Only I can help you,” and she gave very strong warnings and commands. Why would the Queen of Heaven repeat herself when she has been deliberately ignored? Or why would she begin a new title for herself which would only distract from Fatima? The safest course is to avoid apparitions, and to heed Our Lady’s command to pray the Rosary every day.

  2. Thanks, Cyprian.

    Well said. I have never checked out Tre Fontaine in Rome (1950s?) but it “might” have been legit.

    Banneaux and Beauraign also seem to be valid and those were each prior to WW II.

    One very respected Trad writer has spoken favorably about the Japanese allegation and I cringed whenever he did so. It’s a NO hoax, like “totally” as Valley Girls would say.

    One I especially like from the late 19th Century is Pontmaine.

  3. You’ve been part of my daily rosary intentions all along and I;m glad to see you’re making some progress. And there are many on this blog who have been doing likewise. May God keep you in His loving care.

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