The most popular and honored woman in history is the Blessed Virgin Mary. To her are attributed “100 names and others count more than 6,000.”
“Mother of the Church” is a title which the “Roman Catholics, Orthodox, Anglicans and Protestants could agree,” according to Fr. Felipe Gomez, SJ, quoting John Mcquarrie in Principles of Christian Theology. “Hodogetria, she who shows the way,” is a name given her by the Orthodox church.
As exemplary model for the church, Pope John XXIII entrusted Vatican under her patronage. Pope John Paul II called her “Star of the New Evangelization.” For her role in Salvation History is to engender the virtues of faith, hope and love, among others.
Mary, a common name, is Maria in Greek, Miryam or Maryam in Hebrew. Since she spoke Aramaic, her name must have been related to Mara, which means Lord.
Her parents Joachim and Anna, a middle-class family, lived in Sepphoris the most important city of Galilee.
Considered as “God’s finest work,” Mother Mary’s birthday has been set on September 8. According to Mariologists, she was probably born in 20 B.C. in Nazareth, a Roman territory during the reign of King Herod, “when the building of the temple of Jerusalem had started.”
If it was Eve, “mother of the living which brought death to mankind in the garden of Eden,” it is a Holy Eve named Mary who brought man to life.
It is believed that these two women, Eve and the Blessed Mother, stood for the two number 1 in the number 101—the number of times the statue of the Blessed Mother wept in Akita, Japan.
Our Lady of Akita
THE guardian angel of Sis. Agnes Sasagawa, a religious in The Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist, declared: “There is a meaning to the figure 101. This signifies that sin came into the world by a woman, and it is also by a woman that salvation came to the world.”
The zero between the two signifies the “Eternal God who is from all eternity until eternity.”
Bishop John Ito founded The Institute of the Handmaids of the Eucharist in 1964 in Niigata, Akita, Japan, with the Mother of All Nations as its protector.
She appeared to Ida Perleman of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, on February 11, 1951.
“I am the Lady Mary Mother of All Nations. I wish to be known as this. Let all the children of men of all the countries in the world be one.”
If the Blessed Lady astounded around 100,000 people who witnessed the Miracle of the Sun at Fatima, where the sun danced while throwing shafts of colored lights and threatened to crush the people, the same Lady cried 101 times in Akita for six years.
The mystical events in Akita began on June 12, 1973, when a brilliant light appeared on the tabernacle of the convent chapel while Sister Agnes took her vows.
Sixteen days after, a wound in the shape of a cross appeared on the left palm of Sister Agnes which bled profusely and caused her much pain.
During a liturgical celebration, while “The Sisters of the Community were all receiving Holy Communion in their hands, the stigmata on Sister Agnes’s left hand forced it to shut with horrible pain,” said Nicky Eltz in the Divine Substance: Holy Communion on the Tongue While Kneeling as Compared to Communion in the Hand While Standing.
Sister Agnes had to receive communion by the tongue. Then, an identical wound appeared on the right hand of the Akita statue which also bled profusely.
Francis Mutsuo Fukushima, who studied the Akita apparitions, wrote in his book Akita Mother of God as Coredemptrix—Modern Miracles of the Eucharist: “The most serious crisis of faith resulted from the decline in the faithful’s ability to recognize the real presence of Jesus in the Holy Eucharist…. In Akita God and the Holy Mother planned to revive the people’s faith in the real presence by imparting the divine lessons about the importance of receiving the Holy Eucharist on the tongue.”
Although the parallel apocalyptic messages of Akita and Fatima were at the forefront of the 75th anniversary of the apparitions at Fatima held in the Akita International convention, theological experts emphasized that Akita’s primary message concerns the Eucharist and Christ’s true presence in the church.
Lost of belief in Christ’s presence directly tied to foretold apostasy
IN Fatima, Portugal, and Akita, Japan, the Blessed Mother asked the seers to pray very much for the Pope, recite the rosary every day, offer sacrifices and reparations for the sins of men, persecution of the church and punishment on all humanity for sins.
On October 13, 1973, the anniversary of The Dancing Sun at Fatima, Our Lady specified what will happen to the world in her final message: “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 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.”
In Akita the message on chastisement of the world was more precise and said with urgency: “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 sufferings of the Son on the Cross, His Precious Blood, and beloved souls who console Him, forming a legion of victim souls.”
A victim soul is a faithful Catholic who unites his pain with the sufferings of Christ as a means of sanctifications, as well as to save souls.
A victim soul responds generously to the call for atonement of sins through sufferings with generosity, great love and great faith (Army of Victim Souls).
Sister Agnes is a victim soul; so, too, are Sister Lucia dos Santos and her two cousins, Jacinta and Francisco Marto of Fatima.