Why pray the Rosary every day for a year?
Each time the Blessed Virgin has appeared-- whether it be to Saint Bernadette Soubirous at Lourdes; to Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco at Fatima; or to Mariette Beco at Banneux-- she has asserted the importance, saving grace, and power of praying the Holy Rosary on a daily basis. Based upon her words, the Rosary is penance and conversion for sinners, a pathway to peace, an end to war, and a powerful act of faith in Jesus Christ. Pope Paul VI presented the Rosary as a powerful means to reach Christ "not merely with Mary but indeed, insofar as this is possible to us, in the same way as Mary, who is certainly the one who thought about Him more than anyone else has ever done."
To show us how this is done, perhaps no one has been more eloquent than the great Cardinal Newman, who wrote: "The great power of the Rosary consists in the fact that it translates the Creed into Prayer. Of course, the Creed is already in a certain sense a prayer and a great act of homage towards God, but the Rosary brings us to meditate again on the great truth of His life and death, and brings this truth close to our hearts. Even Christians, although they know God, usually fear rather than love Him. The strength of the Rosary lies in the particular manner in which it considers these mysteries, since all our thinking about Christ is intertwined with the thought of His Mother, in the relations between Mother and Son; the Holy Family is presented to us, the home in which God lived His infinite love."
As Mary said at Fatima, "Jesus wants to use you to make Me known and loved. He wishes to establish the devotion to My Immaculate Heart throughout the world. I promise salvation to whoever embraces it; these souls will be dear to God, like flowers put by Me to adorn his throne."
Sister Agnes had not had an easy life. At the age of 19, she was paralyzed during an accident in a routine medical operation. For sixteen years, Agnes lived immobile, completely dependent on others to drive her to medical appointments and care for her basic needs. She suffered through many operations, most largely unsuccessful. During one hospitalization she met a Catholic nurse, who instructed her on the tenets of the faith, taught her to pray, and brought her to Christ. Agnes, through prayer, improved significantly, and was eventually accepted into the community of Nuns of the Virgin Mary, located in Nagasaki.
Lourdes, she recovered. Agnes officially joined the order of Eucharistic Servants, becoming Sister Agnes, and moved to the remote mountain community of Yuzawadai to live with the community. It was there that she completely lost her hearing, and the miraculous events of Akita unfolded.
On June 12, 1973, Sister Agnes was praying in the chapel, deaf, when she witnessed a brilliant and mysterious light begin emanating from the tabernacle. On each of the two successive days—June 13 and 14—she witnessed the same heavenly glow.
Following her vision, Agnes continued praying, but was interrupted by a sudden scratching sensation, followed by pain, upon the palm of her left hand. She gazed upon her skin, where two red scratches in the form of a cross had appeared. The pain increased over the next several days, until she received both a visitation from her guardian angel and a message from Our Blessed Mother on July 6. Following the visit, the appearance of the cross-shaped stigmata continued to appear every week, with Sister Agnes feeling pain on Thursdays, and experiencing the scratches on Fridays and Saturdays.
Our Lady of Akita, similar to those delivered by Our Lady of Fatima. Additional miracles would occur, including a bleeding statue of the Blessed Virgin, and several miraculous cures.
The messages and miracles at Akita have been approved by the Church. In 1988, Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Prefect, Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, declared definitively that the Akita events and messages were reliable and worthy of belief.
Eucharistic Prayer of Akita:
Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, truly present in the Holy Eucharist, I consecrate my body and soul to be entirely one with Your Heart, being sacrificed at every instant on all the alters of the world and giving praise to the Father, pleading for the coming of His Kingdom. Please receive this humble offering of myself. Use me as you will for the glory of the Father and the salvation of souls. Most Holy Mother of God, never let me separated from Your Divine Son. Please defend and protect me as Your special child. Amen.