Earthquake epicentre near Marian apparition site

The messages warned of chaos within the Church, and disasters which could afflict the world.

The epicenter of the earthquake is located near the site of an apparition in which Mary warned about a worldwide disaster that could afflict humanity. In 1973, the Virgin Mary was said to have predicted a number of future events – including natural disasters even more serious than Friday’s earthquake and tsunami – during three appearances to a Japanese religious sister, Sr. Agnes Sasagawa.

Shrine of Our Lady of Akita

NIIGATA, Japan (CNA) – The epicenter of the earthquake that caused a deadly March 11 tsunami is located near the site of an apparition in which Mary warned about a worldwide disaster that could afflict humanity.

Japanese church officials have confirmed that the Diocese of Sendai, in the north of the country, was hit hardest by the 8.8 magnitude earthquake – the worst in Japanese history – and the resulting 23-foot waves.

Hundreds of people have already been confirmed dead in the city of Sendai, located less than 90 miles away from the apparition site of Our Lady of Akita in the town of Yuzawa.

The city of Akita, which experienced fire damage and flooding along with many parts of northern Japan, is a place of veneration for Catholics.

In 1973, the Virgin Mary was said to have predicted a number of future events – including natural disasters even more serious than Friday’s earthquake and tsunami – during three appearances to a Japanese religious sister, Sr. Agnes Sasagawa.

The purported appearances of the Virgin Mary in Japan were reviewed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger in 1988. During his time as Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith prior to his election as Pope Benedict XVI, he let stand the local bishop’s judgment that the apparitions and the messages were acceptable for the faithful.

The messages warned of chaos within the Church, and disasters which could afflict the world.

“If men do not repent and better themselves, God the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity,” Mary reportedly told Sr. Agnes. “If will be a punishment greater than the (biblical) flood, such as 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,” she said. “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.”

“Churches and altars will be 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.”

“Each day, recite the prayers of the Rosary,” she told Sr. Agnes. “With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and priests.”

Two years after the last message, the statue of the Virgin Mary in the chapel where the apparitions had occurred began to emit tears and drops of blood. The occurrence continued for more than six years.

Reports from Akita following Friday’s earthquake indicate that the city received significantly less damage than other parts of northern Japan, despite its proximity to the epicenter. However, residents did report power outages, burst pipes, and fires.

Bishop Tarcisio Isao Kikuchi of Niigata, whose territory includes the Akita apparition site, is also the president of Caritas Japan, which will be working to assist victims of the earthquake and tsunami. The relief organization is accepting contributions to its emergency fund at www.caritas.org

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13 Responses to Earthquake epicentre near Marian apparition site

  1. toadspittle says:

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    “If men do not repent and better themselves, God the Father will inflict a terrible punishment on all humanity,” Mary reportedly told Sr. Agnes.

    Well, there we are then. We can’t say we weren’t warned.

    All over the world devout believers are saying, “It’s all because we didn’t heed the message of Fatima,” or “It’s all because we ate bacon sandwiches on a Firday in Lent,” or “It’s all because we didn’t manage to kill that Danish cartoonist,” or “It’s all because we didn’t sacrifice enough virgins at sunset.”

    Hard to know what to do, isn’t it?

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  2. kathleen says:

    OK Toad, I agree that at a first reading, ‘threats’ (or ‘warnings’?) like these could make one blurt out a protest of indignation: “What have I done to deserve this?” But I think we should look at the thing as a whole. Just take a couple of minutes to think.

    Whereas there is no doubt that the victims of natural disasters, wars, cruel dictators etc., are innocent, a great many catastrophes (not all by any means) and the subsequent misery and suffering can be attributable to man’s doing. It could be our greed, our ambition, our selfishness, our ill use of the environment, our desire for power and unbridled materialism, our lust, our lack of charity towards others………. and then in the long run we pay the price for our sins. This, I believe, is the essence of Our Lady’s warnings at Fatima, and perhaps Akita and elsewhere.

    Many good people fight against these ‘enemies’ in our lower basic instincts, spreading love and forgiveness to repair and undo the evil in the world, to relieve suffering. That is after all the only thing we can do, each one in his own small way, but all together it counts for a lot. Yet as Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta also said, that her work among the poorest of the poor was no more than a drop of water in the ocean (a downward exaggeration of course), but that without it the ocean would lack this single drop. In other words, each act of charity counts to bring “the kingdom of God” to the world.

    Don’t despair dear Toad! You are a good man, kind to your family, friends and the pilgrims who stop at your ‘albergue’……. you are even good to your dogs ;-); you’re on the right track doing your bit. Leave scruples and cynicism behind.

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  3. manus2 says:

    You’ve gone a bit Norse there, Toad, with your Firday and your Danish bacon sandwiches (?) And I’m sure Kathleen has the best possible intentions, but to suggest Toad should leave all his scruples behind could result in the scariest Apocalypse yet, as he sets the world to right with the jawbone of an ass (you can take your pick which, but please leave Brother Burrito intact).

    And while it’s fair to ask what we should do spiritually, where there is endless conflictling advice, there tends to be mainstream religious agreement about what to do and not to do practically, on the whole. Dull stuff, love of neighbour and so on. So you just leave those virgins alone.

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  4. toadspittle says:

    …So you just leave those virgins alone. Warns Manus.

    That is the least of Toad’s problems nowadays, alas.

    Has been for a month of Snudays.

    Kathleen is correct in saying Toad is good to his dogs. And his chickens, and cat and canary, and even his wife.

    He has a problem with other human beings, though. He thinks they are mad.
    Kathleen then says…

    “Whereas there is no doubt that the victims of natural disasters, wars, cruel dictators etc., are innocent, a great many catastrophes (not all by any means) and the subsequent misery and suffering can be attributable to man’s doing.”

    Toad agrees 100 per cent. That is why he keeps harping boringly on about such Acts of God as earthquakes and typhoid and typhoons, and tornados.
    Acts that nobody, except religious maniacs, regard as punishment for our collective sins.
    Wars, pornography, abortion and the movies of M*l G****n, are entirely another matter.

    As Kathleen, Toad strongly suspects, knows only too well.

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  5. kathleen says:

    Great comment Manus! Mind boggling (and very amusing) images come to mind of Toad wielding his ass’s jawbone, putting the world to rights ;-). I was referring to Toad’s ‘silly’ scruples though, not the healthy type we should all have…. like a good daily examination of conscience.

    Toad:
    You only quote what suits you! What about the positive bit, the drop of water in the ocean?

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  6. toadspittle says:

    “Toad: You only quote what suits you!” accuses Kathleen.

    True enough. Be foolish not to, Toad thinks.
    Of course, Kathleen would never dream of doing such a thing.

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  7. kathleen says:

    You misunderstand me Toad; I was talking about you only quoting back part of my original explanation to you, (i.e. quoting out of context) so the meaning of what I was trying to say to you was lopsided in your last comment…… get it?

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  8. toadspittle says:

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    ..It could be our greed, our ambition, our selfishness, our ill use of the environment, our desire for power and unbridled materialism, our lust, our lack of charity towards others………. and then in the long run we pay the price for our sins. Suggests Kathleen.

    Is Toad correct, then, in suggesting that according to the Catholic mentality, if we all stopped sinning, earthquakes would stop happening?
    (A friend of his, a Salesian monk, seems to be of the same mind as Kathleen on this, by
    the way.)

    Toad regrets that the following is a bit personal, but we are all chinas on here, are we not?
    Anyway, Kathleen accuses Toad of being ‘blinkered.’ Fair enough comment and he has no complaints, but he does recall (if his ailing memory seves him well enough) that recently, she was bemoaning the fact that a teacher at her son’s school had introduced the boy to alternative ways of viewing the world. Removing the ideological blinkers, in fact. Surely all to the good, one might think? Well, oddly enough, no. She was pretty steamed about it.
    Toad wonders, assuming this version of affairs to be accurate, if Kathleen might like to show these exchanges to the lad, and ask him whom he thinks is ‘blinkered.’

    Both Kathleen and Toad, probably. And that’s probably true. Still his views will be interesting, and possibly stimulating.

    (Yes, Toad is/was a baptised Catholic.Rejected it about the same age as her son, it seems, and for much the same reasons. But never, fear, Kathleen, Toad is still only 70 and might still return to the fold, with his blinkers back on, all post-Descartes philosophy discarded, all works of literature – except for C.S.Lewis and GKC – burned, any day soon.)

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  9. manus2 says:

    Come along now Toad, it doesn’t have to be either/or. That John Paull II bloke, he did a doctorate in modern philosophy, and he seemed capable of some sort of orthodoxy. He even encouraged the faithful to study philosophy, rather than run away from it. So my hope for you is that you can see a way of reconciling orthodoxy with your life’s experience, without the lobotomy.

    Descartes discarded – that should be the title of your autobiography.

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  10. kathleen says:

    Toad @ 6:19 :
    The boy in question was actually one of Maryla’s (mmvc) sons, not mine. However I quite agree with her feelings of betrayal and anguish, and what mother would not?! She wanted to give her son the best – the pearl of unfathomable price – and sent him to a well known Catholic school in the hope of him learning the fullness of the Faith there. Instead he had his young mind filled with atheistic philosophy through (if I remember rightly) the teachings of one professor. Had he had a good Catholic basis first, he might well have been able to counter the arguments later on, but he was still too young.

    Anyway, I’m very glad to hear Toad admit he “might still return to the fold” one day, and Kathleen will continue to pray for her old internet friend that he does so…….. whether he likes it or not :-).

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  11. toadspittle says:

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    Kathleen, Very sorry. Toad had quite forgot Mayla. (He did have an idea he’d got it wrong, of course, as usual.)

    So there goes Toad’s brilliant idea, unless Master Mayla is prepared to step into the breach with his skeptical blinkers on. Let’s hope so!

    Manus, surely any notion of modern philosophy is anathema to any current Pope?

    On the other hand, let’s forget all this line of reasoning. Pointless, from both our viewpoints, surely?

    Let’s agree to get back to the mutual comfort zone of pedophile priests and earthquakes.
    We both know where we stand on those. Although the ground is a bit wobbly on the earthquake front right now, is it not? Solid as a rock on the pedo’s though?
    Talking of being solid as a rock, it struck Toad that God calling this rather unpredictable lump of heaving matter that we PSB’s are condemned to live on, ‘The Firmament,’ is one of His best jokes yet.

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  12. manus2 says:

    Toad,

    Well I suppose you can insist on your theoretical assertion that Popes don’t like modern philosophy, or you can examine the empirical evidence and discover, that JPII seemed perfectly at ease with it – for example in Crossing the Threshold of Hope. But then I suppose as he’d done a PhD on the subject he should have been reasonably comfortable with it.

    As for earthquakes, as you know, I don’t think we should be arguing while others are dying. I’ve only been to Japan once, four years ago, and that was to Sendai, which is now in ruins. I’m happy to resume the discussion over at JP’s in due course.

    As for the Firmament, I think you’ve got your cosmos in a twist. The firmament is meant to be the mysterious barrier that holds back the waters above the earth, and in which the stars are fixed. It’s caused those trying to reconcile a literal Genesis 1 with science no end of trouble, as catalogued in Stanley Jaki’s excellent “Genesis 1 through the Ages”. So, the Firmament is even more wobbly than you might imagine.

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  13. manus2 says:

    Just to clarify – I believe it is possible to maintain orthodox belief while being fully aware of the latest philosophical developments. My own understanding is pretty woeful, but there are plenty of examples of others (e.g. JP II) who demonstrate it is possible. I’ve known people who think it’s safer to have a figurative lobotomy than risk losing the faith by engaging in the widest search for truth, but that makes a nonsense of the glory of God being man truly alive. Or burying the talent rather than risking it, and so on.

    So Toad, I hope you can be reconciled with the Church one day without cutting out anything you have learned.

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