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The 20 Greatest Miracles of All Time

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1. Our Lady of Akita

In 1973, Sister Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa witnessed the appearance of the Virgin Mary where she gave Sasagawa three messages.

The first message asked Sister Sasagawa to pray Acts of Reparation and her deafness would be cured.

The second message asked her to “Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am able still to save you from the calamities which approach.”

The third message was described by Cardinal Ratzinger in an October 13, 1973 letter:

My dear daughter, listen well to what I have to say to you. You will inform your superior. 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. Each day recite the prayer of the Rosary. With the Rosary pray for the Pope, bishops and the priests. The work of the devil will infiltrate even into the Church in such a way that one will see cardinals opposing cardinals, and bishops against other 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. 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 calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in me will be saved.

Along with the three messages, a wooden statue of the Virgin Mary was said to weep 101 times. The statue also experienced a stigmata. The stigmata also appeared on Sister Sasagawa.

After receiving the messages from the Virgin Mary, Sasagawa’s deafness was cured in June 1982.

The year before in 1981, a Korean woman, Teresa Chun Sun Ho, also reported seeing visions of the Mary at Akito. The visions first appeared while she was in a coma due to a terminal brain tumor. She made a full recovery.

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