Benedict XVI approved the apparitions of Akita
"Fire will fall from the
sky and will wipe out a great part of humanity - Our Lady in Akita
1973 (approved by the Vatican)
In 1973, the Blessed Virgin Mary gave Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa
in Akita, Japan three messages through a statute of Mary. Bathed
in a brilliant light, the statute became alive and spoke with a
voice of indescribable beauty. Her Guardian Angel also appeared
and taught her to pray. The wooden statute from which the voice
came wept 101 times over a course of several years. It also perspired
abundantly and the perspiration sent out a sweet perfume. Its right
palm bled from a wound having the form of a cross. Hundreds of people
witnessed many of these events. Scientific analysis of blood and
tears from the statute provided by Professor Sagisaka of the faculty
of Legal Medicine of the University of Akita confirmed that the
blood, tears, and perspiration are real human tears, sweat, and
blood. They come from three blood groups: O, B, and AB. Sister Agnes
also has stigmata on the right palm. A Korean woman with terminal
brain cancer received immediate healing while praying before the
statute in 1981. The miracle was confirmed by Dr. Tong-Woo-Kim of
the St. Paul Hospital in Seoul and Fr. Theisen, President of the
Ecclesiastical Tribunal of the Archdiocese of Seoul. The second
miracle was the complete cure of total deafness of Sister Agnes.
April, 1984 - Most Rev. John Shojiro Ito, Bishop
of Niigata, Japan, after years of extensive investigation, declares
the events of Akita, Japan, to be of supernatural origin, and authorises
throughout the entire diocese the veneration of the Holy Mother
of Akita. He said: "The message of Akita is the message of
June, 1988 - Vatican City - Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger,
Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, gives definitive
judgement on the Akita events and messages as reliable and worthy
OF THE SAINTS
ST. EDMUND CAMPION
St. Edmund lived in the sixteenth century. He was a very popular young English student who was a great speaker.
St. Bibiana's father Flavian had been prefect of the city of Rome in early Christian times.
ST. FRANCIS XAVIER
St. Francis Xavier, the great missionary, was born at Xavier Castle in Spain in 1506.
ST. JOHN DAMASCENE
St. John lived in the eighth century. He was born in the city of Damascus of a good Christian family
St. Sabas, born in 439, is one of the most famous monks of Palestine.
St. Nicholas is the great patron of children and of Christmas giving.
St. Ambrose was born around 340. He was the son of the Roman governor of Gaul.
IMMACULATE CONCEPTION OF MARY
Our first parents offended God by sinning seriously.
BLESSED JUAN DIEGO
St. Juan Diego is well-known because the Mother of God appeared to him.
ST. JOHN ROBERTS
St. John was born in Wales in 1577. Although he was not a Catholic, he was taught by an elderly priest.
ST. DAMASUS I
ST. Damasus was born in Rome and lived in the fourth century-exciting times for the Church.
OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
We celebrate the event of Mary's appearances on Tepyac Hill in Mexico.
St. Lucy, the beloved saint, lived in Syracuse, Sicily. She was born toward the end of the third century.
ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
St. John was born in Spain in 1542. He was the son of a weaver.
St. Nino was a Christian girl who lived in the fourth century.
St. Adelaide was born in 931. At the age of sixteen, this Burgundian princess was married to King Lothair.
St. Olympias was born around the year 361. She belonged to a great family of Constantinople.
St. Flannan lived around the seventh century. He was the son of an Irish chieftain named Turlough. Flannan was educated by the monks.
BLESSED URBAN V
Blessed Urban's name before he became pope was William de Grimoard.
ST. DOMINIC OF SILOS
St. Dominic, a Spanish shepherd boy, was born at the beginning of the eleventh century.
ST. PETER CANISIUS
ST. Peter, a Dutch man, was born in 1521. His father wanted him to be a lawyer.
ST. CHAEREMON AND ST. ISCHYRION AND OTHER MARTYRS
The third century was marked by Roman persecutions of the Church.
ST. JOHN OF KANTY
St. John, the Polish saint, was born in 1390, the son of good country folk.
ST. MARGUERITE D'YOUVILLE
St. Marguerite was born in Quebec, Canada, on October 15, 1701.
St. Charbel was born Youssef Makhlouf on May 8, 1828, in a mountain village in Lebanon.
CHRISTMAS, THE BIRTHDAY OF JESUS
The time had come for the Son of God to become man for love of us.
St. Stephen's name means crown. He was the first disciple of Jesus to receive the martyr's crown.
ST. JOHN THE APOSTLE
St. John was a fisherman in Galilee. He was called to be an apostle.
THE HOLY INNOCENTS
When Jesus was born in Bethlehem, the Wise Men came from the east to worship him.
ST. THOMAS BECKET
St. Thomas Becket was born in 1118, in London, England.
St. Anysia lived in Thessalonica toward the end of the second century.
St. Sylvester dates back to early Christian times, to the reign of Constantine.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?