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Monday, January 27, 2020

St. Alphonsus Liguori's Writings Show How the Akita Apparition is Scriptural

Thou art weighed in the balance, and found wanting. (Dan. 5:27)

On October 13, 1973 (the 56th anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun) Sr. Agnes received the most vivid of the (locally) approved Akita apparitions:

"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 prayers of the Rosary. With the Rosary, pray for the Pope, the bishops and the priests."

Compare that with how St. Alphonsus Liguori, Doctor of the Church, described events right before the General Judgement:

Before the coming of the Judge "a fire shall go before Him." (Psalms 96:3) Fire will come down from Heaven, which will burn the earth and all things of this earth: "The earth and the works that are in it shall he burnt up." (2 Peter 3:10). So that churches, palaces, villages, cities, kingdoms, all will become a heap of ashes. This house, corrupted by sin, must be purged by fire. Behold the end to which all the riches, pomps, and pleasures of this earth must come....but behold the heavens open, and the angels come to assist at the judgement, carrying, according to St. Thomas, the symbols of the passion of Jesus Christ: 'When the Lord comes to judgment, the sign of the cross, and the other symbols of the passion, shall be seen.' The cross especially shall appear: "And then shall appear the sign of the son of man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn."  (Matt. 24:30) Cornelius a Lapide says: "Oh, how then, at the sign of the cross, shall sinners weep."
 St. Alphonsus Liguori, Preparation for Death pp. 115-118.

To the saints, clearly, the fire is at the very end of time followed by a brief period given to humanity to repent and save itself. The fact that the Virgin Mary, Blessed be the New Ark of the Covenant forever, felt compelled to highlight this as something that happens after "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. The Church and altars will be vandalized. 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" which has happened and is clearly happening now, puts this into context of where we are in history and lends further credibility to Sr. Agnes and the Akita apparitions.