January 15 – Saint Mary, Our Lady of Banneux, Virgin of the Poor: Patron Saint of Belgium

Saint Mary, Our Lady of Banneux, Patron Saint of Belgium (Feast Date: January 15)

The Apparitions at Banneux: “Mariette again left the house at about seven and knelt down in the snow to pray. After a couple of decades of the rosary she again saw the Lady, stretched out her arms and said: ‘Oh, she is here!’ before asking her who she was, to hear the reply: ‘I am the Virgin of the poor.’ She then took the same path to the spring by the ditch, again falling to her knees on a total of three occasions. Mary spoke to her: ‘This spring is reserved for all the nations – to relieve the sick.’ Finally Mariette repeated the last words of the Lady for this apparition, which only lasted about seven minutes: ‘I shall pray for you. Au Revoir.’ Mariette continued on subsequent evenings to pray, on her own sometimes, often with her father too, but it was only after three weeks of disappointment that the Lady again appeared to her on 11 February, the feast of Our Lady of Lourdes. Six people were present on this cold, moonlit, Saturday evening, and after reaching the spring, with similar genuflections as before, Mariette plunged her hand into the water and blessed herself, while appearing to listen intently to someone. After a few minutes Mariette thanked her unseen visitor and tearfully made her way back to the house, indicating the Lady’s words: ‘I come to relieve suffering.’ Afterwards she went to see Fr. Jamin and gave him a full account of what had happened. There were no more apparitions until 15 February, when several ladies and Mariette’s mother were with her in the garden. The rosary was recited and then Mariette again saw the beautiful Lady, reporting that the priest had asked her for a sign and then listening intently for several minutes before bursting into tears. She could only say that the Lady had said: ‘Believe in me, I will believe in you. Pray much. Au Revoir.’ See PICTURE of Our Lady of Banneux. See also: Our Lady of Banneux (Multilingual), Our Lady of Banneux (EN), Why pray the Rosary every day for a year? Prayer to Our Lady of Banneux.

 We, at the CTF/SOS DRS have prayed for the intercession of St. Mary, Our Lady of Banneux on behalf of those affected by the following catastrophes:

Gun attacks in Belgium (December 13, 2011) (Europe) See World Mission Rosary Intentions: December 19, 2011  – January 1, 2012.

That the Lord in His Divine Mercy – through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary – may build up His Kingdom,make these mysteries a reality in our lives, strengthen us in our common mission, and come to the aid of those for whom we pray.

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