For if we sin deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful prospect of judgment, and a fury of fire which will consume the adversaries. A man who has violated the Law of Moses dies without mercy at the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much worse punishment do you think will be deserved by the man who has spurned the Son of God, and profaned the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and outraged the Spirit of Grace? ... It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God (Hebrews 10:26-29, 31).
|Our Lady of Akita|
“The demon is trying hard to influence souls consecrated to God. The thought of the perdition of so many souls is the cause of my sadness. If sins continue to be committed further, there will no longer be pardon for them. ... Pray very much the prayers of the Rosary. I alone am still able to help you from the calamities which approach. Those who place their confidence in Me will be given necessary help.”
Mary's role in the Church is inseparable from her union with Christ and flows directly from it. "This union of the mother with the Son in the work of salvation is made manifest from the time of Christ's virginal conception up to his death" (Lumen Gentium 57); it is made manifest above all at the hour of his Passion:
Thus the Blessed Virgin advanced in her pilgrimage of faith, and faithfully persevered in her union with her Son unto the cross. There she stood, in keeping with the divine plan, enduring with her only begotten Son the intensity of his suffering, joining herself with his sacrifice in her mother's heart, and lovingly consenting to the immolation of this victim, born of her: to be given, by the same Christ Jesus dying on the cross, as a mother to his disciple, with these words: "Woman, behold your son (Lumen Gentium 58; cf. Jn 19:26-27)"—Catechism of the Catholic Church 964.
The paragraphs in bold with quotation marks are the three messages given to Sr. Agnes Katsuko Sasagawa in 1973 by the Blessed Virgin Mother. The Marian apparition was approved by Bp. John Shojiro Ito in 1984, and by the prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Cdl. Joseph Ratzinger, in 1988. The Shrine of Our Lady of Akita is about 176 km (102 mi.) north-northeast of Sendai, about 189 km (116 mi.) north-northeast of where the tsunami struck.
Eternal Father, I offer you the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world.—From the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Queen of the most holy Rosary, pray for us, that we may be worthy of the promises of Christ.
Please pray for the people of Japan, and for all those who will be working with them in charity and mercy for their recovery.
UPDATE: March 16, 2011
The Catholic Knight has a great litany for the people of Japan, invoking their patrons and martyrs, as well as a link to contribute to relief efforts; I've posted the litany itself as a stand-alone page on Outside the Asylum. And Mark Shea has a great reflection on Church-approved private revelations, with Our Lady of Akita especially in mind. I've also corrected the prophecies; they are now as reported in Bp. Ito's letter.