The Virgin Mary's Apparitions and Miracles in Beauraing, Belgium

Story of the Virgin of the Golden Heart (Our Lady of Beauraing) in 1932-1933

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Here’s the story of the apparitions and miracles of the Virgin Mary in Beauraing, Belgium from 1932 to 1933, in an event known as "Virgin of the Golden Heart" or "Our Lady of Beauraing":

A Glowing Figure Appears to Children

On a misty fall evening in 1932, four children were walking together to their local convent school in the small town of Beauraing, Belgium to pick up a fifth child when the group noticed a glowing white figure of a woman hovering in the air nearby. Startled, they exclaimed to each other that it looked like the Blessed Virgin Mary. The children -- Fernande Voisin (15), Albert Voisin (11), Andrée Degeimbre (14), and Gilberte Degeimbre (9) -- saw the figure glide through the air above a grotto commemorating Our Lady of Lourdes , beside a hawthorn tree . She wore a white dress and veil, her feet blended into a cloud beneath them, and brilliant rays of light shone around her head like a halo .

The children rushed past the figure to pick up Gilberte Voisin (13), and when they pointed out the apparition to her, she could see it, too. However, the nun who answered the convent door that night couldn't see the apparition and told the kids they must be mistaken. After telling the nun that they felt afraid because something (whatever it was) was definitely there, they ran all the way back to their homes. Their parents didn't believe their stories about the apparition, either.

This was to be the first of 33 appearances Mary would make in Beauraing between November 1932 and January 1933.

Mary Communicates through the Children

In each case, Mary communicated with children rather than with adults. Many of the adults in Beauraing had faith, yet responded to the apparitions with doubt and fear . Even though the children were initially startled, they showed enthusiasm for learning from the apparition experience. The children's positive, openhearted attitudes may have been why Mary chose to send her messages through the children.

The crowd of people who witnessed the children's experiences with Mary grew larger each time Mary visited. By the time of the final apparition, more than 30,000 people gathered to see and hear the children communicate with Mary.

Most of the apparitions took place in the convent's garden near the grotto and tree. Mary seemed to ground her spiritual energy on the tree's branches or on the grotto's rocks when she appeared -- usually making the transition from one dimension to another with a bright flash of light and an explosive sound.

When Mary appeared, the children would fall to their knees in unison, and although they fell suddenly and sharply, somehow they were never injured in the process. The children, who often prepared for Mary's visits by praying , also sounded different after the moment each apparition began. Their voices became significantly louder and higher-pitched, as if they were in tune with a specific communication frequency with Mary. During the apparitions, they seemed to be in ecstatic trances, as other visionaries of Marian apparitions have been (such as the children or Garbandal, Spain in the 1960s). Various doctors examined the children repeatedly during their trances, trying to see if they could distract them by various means (including pricking them with sharp objects and placing burning matches on their skin), yet the children were unharmed and unaware of anything except the apparitions.

Mary Gives Simple, Yet Profound Messages

The messages that Mary spoke to the children during the apparitions were brief and simple, yet highlighted profound spiritual issues. Mary told the children that she wanted a chapel to be built on the site so that people could visit it on spiritual pilgrimages.

"Always be good," Mary said, in French, to Albert after he asked her what she wanted the children to do. That simple, childlike way of asking the children to try to do and say what's right in every situation was advice they could manage well.

Mary also urged the children to stay in touch regularly with God through prayer. "Pray! Pray a lot," some of the children said Mary told them. The importance of praying frequently is a key message that Mary presents in all of her miraculous apparitions, including the longest ones (such as the Medjugorje apparitions , which have been going on since the 1980s).

"I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven ," Mary told Andrée. "Pray always." By highlighting these two of the many honorary titles believers have given her and relating them to prayer, Mary implied that she pays close attention to people's prayers and faithfully helps answer them in powerful ways.

Gilberte Voisin reported that Mary told her: "I shall convert sinners." That message speaks of Mary's desire to attract all people to open themselves up to God's great love for them. God loves people unconditionally , just as they are, yet also leads and empowers them to grow so they can fulfill their highest potential .

During Mary's last apparition in Beauraing, Fernande didn't see her when the other four children did. So Fernande stayed in the garden afterward, hoping and praying to see Mary, who then showed up for Fernande. Mary tested Fernande's faith by asking "Do you love my son [ Jesus Christ ]?" Then after Fernande replied "yes" Mary asked "Do you love me?". Fernande said "yes" again. Mary's next words were: "Then sacrifice yourself for me."

Mary wanted to be sure that Fernande would be willing to do whatever God calls her to do, even when it means that she has to sacrifice her own plans to do so. True love calls people to obedient action, as the Bible says in 2 John 1:6: "And this is love: that we walk in obedience to his [God's] commands. As you have heard from the beginning, his command is that you walk in love."

A Golden Heart Appears on the Apparition

The later apparitions featured an image of a golden heart in Mary's chest. Mary opened her arms to reveal the heart to the children. Bright rays of golden light emanated from all sides of the heart.

As a symbol of Mary's powerful motherly love , the heart emphasized that all people have a place in Mary's heart. Mary has often communicated through apparitions that the most valuable gift of all -- love -- is freely available to all who seek closer relationships with God through Mary and her son, Jesus. God is loving and merciful, Mary's messages say, and he has reached out to humanity through Jesus to make it possible for everyone to have eternal relationships with him.

Healing Miracles Happen

Many miraculous events of healing body, mind, and spirit happened at Beauraing, believers have reported. Most have taken place in the years since the apparitions concluded, but some even happened while the apparitions were still in progress.

A 12-year-old girl named Paulette Dereppe who had been suffering from a disabling bone infection for three years was cured dramatically in one night after two months of the visionary children asking Mary during the apparitions to heal her. The infection had caused large open sores all over Paulette's body. During her overnight healing, every wound was replaced by scar tissue, and Paulette made a full recovery.

One of the most dramatic miracles that occurred after the apparitions involved a 33-year-old woman named Marie Van Laer, who was nearly at the point of death from a disease that had afflicted her with tumors all over her body. Marie visited Beauraing in June 1933 and arranged for the visionary children to meet her there. Lying on a stretcher by the hawthorn tree, Marie (with the children) prayed for help from Mary. She suddenly felt a tremendous jolt of joy. Then her physical pain disappeared. Shortly after she returned home, the tumors were gone, and after examining her, her doctors declared that she had been cured somehow.

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The ‘Golden Heart’ Apparition of Our Lady of Beauraing

The ‘Virgin of the Golden Heart’ appeared to a group of five young people in Beauraing, Belgium, in 1932-1933.

The Sanctuary of Our Lady in Beauraing, Belgium

Our Blessed Mother has so many titles that for a long time, I failed to realize that a favorite prayer I use in our missal, “Prayer to Our Lady of Beauraing,” came from a Church-approved Marian apparition. After investigating the story, I am in awe at the events and Our Blessed Mother’s promise to convert sinners that she made to us through five children in Beauraing, a town of about 2,000 in Belgium.

Our Lady of Beauraing, also known as the Virgin of the Golden Heart, appeared to Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Voisin (13) Albert Voisin (11) and Gilberte Degeimbre (9) between Nov. 29, 1932, and Jan. 3, 1933. The children were from two different families — three from a railway clerk and his wife, and two girls from a farmer’s widow.

On the evening of Nov. 29, 1932, four of the children walked to a convent school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine to meet up with one of the girls and walk home with her. When they reached the school, Albert pointed to a lady dressed in a long white robe, near a railroad viaduct just past the school. She looked to be around 18-20 years old with deep blue eyes, and a rosary hung from her arm. 

When Albert asked, “Are you the Immaculate Virgin?” The Lady smiled and nodded her head. “What do you want?” he asked.

“Always be good,” our Blessed Mother answered.

The other children saw her as well. Over the next several weeks, they saw the Lady 32 more times, generally in the garden of the convent school. The final apparition was on Jan. 3, 1933.

Initially, the children’s parents and the mother superior, Mother Theophile, did not believe their story and told them to stop talking about it. Their families were devout, but much of the town had grown lukewarm and even hostile to the Catholic faith. The Socialists, who were opposed to the Church, won in most of the local elections.

(Here is an excerpt from the full text of the Church’s ruling on the apparitions.)

Mother Theophile ordered the gates of the garden locked at dusk, and she put two fierce dogs inside.

On Saturday, in obedience to the superior, the children stayed away from the garden. They were sad because they would not see their Lady that day. At dusk, when Mother Theophile went out to lock the garden gate, she found a crowd of 150 standing in the street.

“You are wasting your time here,” Mother Theophile said. “There is nothing to see.”

“What a Socialist we have in this woman,” said a member of the crowd. “She has less belief in this business than we have.”

The next day, Mother Theophile relented. She said that because the children had obeyed her, they could again come to the garden.

The apparitions continued. For the first few apparitions in the garden, the Lady was already visible when the children got there. Later, she became visible after the children had begun to recite the Rosary. They had formed the habit of saying the Rosary as soon as they arrived in the garden. Each time Our Lady appeared, the children felt themselves drawn to a kneeling position, almost as if they were thrown to their knees.

The Messages

The Blessed Mother urged that people pray much, that a chapel be built, and that people come there in pilgrimage. During the last apparition on Jan. 3, 1933, Our Lady stated: “I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of heaven.” She revealed her Golden Heart and asked one of the children to sacrifice for her. Twenty thousand persons were present that day.

Three times the Blessed Mother urged the children to pray. In her final apparition she spoke to Fernande Voisin: Do you love my Son? Do you love me? Then sacrifice yourself for me.

During one of the visions, separate physicians examined all five of the children while they were in ecstasy. A lighted match was even held under Gilberte’s hand, to which she did not respond. Afterward, there was no burn mark on her hand and she had no knowledge of what had been done to her.

The apparitions were approved on July 2, 1949, by the Bishop of Namur. Also approved were “the miraculous nature of two cures obtained through the intercession of Our Lady of Beauraing, occurring in the months which followed the events at Beauraing, among many other cases of spiritual and temporal favors.”

The feast day of Our Lady of Beauraing was placed on the liturgical calendar on Aug. 22, which had been the feast day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was later called the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Prayer to Our Lady of Beauraing

Our Lady of Beauraing, Immaculate Virgin, carry to Jesus, your Son, all the intentions which we confide to you this day. ( Here mention your intentions. )
Mother with the Golden Heart, mirror of the tenderness of the Father, look with love upon the men and women of our time and fill them with the joy of your presence.
You who promised to convert sinners, help us discover the infinite mercy of our God. Awaken in us the grace of conversion so that all our life becomes the reflection of this mercy.
Holy Mother of God, look down upon our miseries, console us in our sorrows, give strength to all those who are suffering.
Queen of Heaven, crowned with light, help us grow in faith, hope and love, and we shall be able to give thanks without end.
You brought Jesus into the world, may we by prayer, by sharing his word and by the testimony of our life filled with love and joy make him be born in all hearts.
May every instant of our life be a Yes to the question, which you are asking us today: Do you love my son? Do you love me? Then the reign of Jesus will come into the world. Amen.

(IMPRIMATUR: Namur, 16 juillet 1996 + J.M. Huet vic. épisc.)

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The last living visionary , Gilberte Degeimbre, died only recently at the age of 91, on Feb. 10, 2015. Here is a brief video about the apparitions and here is an interview with Gilberte Degeimbre, one of the visionaries who recounts the experience. Go here for the full text of the messages.

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Beauraing, Belgium: The Virgin of the Golden Heart

About the apparitions of the virgin of the golden heart:.

Beauraing is a small village only three miles from the French border. Our Lady appeared to five children ranging in age from 9 to 15: Fernande, Gilberte, Albert, Andrew, and Gilbert in 33 apparitions beginning on November 29, 1932 , until the final one on January 3, 1933 . She asked for prayer and sacrifice and promised to bring people to conversion. On December 4, 1932, Our Lady identified herself to the children, saying: ‘ I am the Immaculate Virgin .’

She is known as the “Virgin of the Golden Heart” because the children saw a golden heart in the center of her chest. She requested that a chapel be built here and that she desired pilgrims to come to this site, and also asked the children to “pray, pray, pray”. On January 3, 1933, she said to Andrew, ‘I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always!’

In the final vision, the Lady reportedly asked one of the children called Fernande: “Do you love My Son?” and she replied “Yes”. She then asked her “Do you love Me?” and she again answered “Yes”. The Lady then stated: “Then sacrifice yourself for me.” and bid them farewell before the child could reply.

On February 10, 2015 the last of the visionaries, Gilberte Degeimbre, passed away at the age of 91.

We celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Beauraing on November 29.

Beauraing children from offical site of the apparitions in Beauraing

About the Shrine of the Virgin of the Golden Heart:

There is a full range of spiritual activities for pilgrims included daily Mass, Confession, Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament as well as guided tours for groups and individuals.

When Pope John Paul II visited the shrine on May 18, 1985, he said: “ This place has become an important center of Marian pilgrimage, and a privileged spot of prayer and renewal “.

More that two million pilgrims visited the shrine that year.

Each year for the feast of the Queenship of Mary on August 22, an international pilgrimage is organized in Beauraing.

Traveling to Beauraing:

Beauraing is often included in tours to France and Belgium and quite easy to get to for independent travelers. It is a short drive south of Brussels and there is also train service from Brussels, although you need to change trains twice.  You can get train schedules and fares here.

The town is very small so the Shrine is easy to find. It is a short walk from the train station.

Address: Rue de l’Aubépine 12, 5570 Beauraing, Belgium

GPS coordinates : 50° 6′ 33.0984” N, 4° 57′ 46.1520” E

Tel: (+32) 4 360 02 33

email: [email protected]

Click here for the official website of the Shrine of Our Lady of Bearaing in Belgium. (click the English option on the center right side of the page).

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Hello Planing to visit our lady of Banneux and Our lady of Beauraing in one day. We will be staying at Leige. Is there any private transport that can be hired from Leige to cover this pilgrimage. Kindly suggest.

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APPARITION OF THE VIRGIN MARY in BEAURAING, BELGIUM November 29, 1932 – January 3, 1933

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15 years after the apparitions of Fatima, Our Lady appeared to five children in Beauraing, Belgium. These apparitions, along with those in the nearby city of Banneaux, prepared the way for the Marian messages in Amsterdam.

The apparitions of Our Lady in Beauraing and Banneaux took place within a period of six weeks, and both were approved by the Holy See. Amsterdam also has the approval of its bishop. On December 21, Our Lady made herself known to the children, saying: “I am the Immaculate Virgin.” Our Lady appeared with her heart golden and resplendent. On January 3, Our Lady said to Andree Degeimbre, one of the visionaries: "I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always, Goodbye!" Finally, she told Fernande: -“Do you love my Son?” -“Yes!,” the girl exclaimed. -“Do you love me?” - “Oh, yes!” “Then sacrifice yourself for me.”

The First World War had ended and the entire world was going through the Great Depression. No one would have imagined then that another war, worse than the first, would soon come. The apparitions are a mark upon history, showing that Our Mother is never far from those who suffer, that she wants to prepare us so that we will be able to conquer all adversities and reach heaven.

Beauraing was and continues to be a humble village in southeast Belgium, four miles from the French border. During the time of the apparitions of Our Lady, the population numbered around 2,000. They also suffered from the effects of the Great Depression, but they emerged from this period for the better, being simple people close to the land.

From the 29th of November until January 3 of 1933, Our Lady appeared almost every day to these five children. Sometimes, she came multiple times in the same day; thus, the total number of apparitions was 33.

The content of her message was very brief, two or three words, but strong. Some tried to add to it, but the children kept the message in its original state.

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The Voison family: Hector and Marie Loose Voisin were the parents of the other three visionaries. Hector, employed by the railroad, opened a little shop with his wife on the main street of the town to increase his poor income; later, he had to close the shop due to the apparitions.

The Voisins were very involved in the Socialist party and had abandoned the practice of the Catholic faith; however, the apparitions led them to find their faith again. On the evening of November 29 1932, Fernande Voisin, age 15, and Andree Degeimbre, age 14, and her sister Gilberte, 9, were with Albert Voisin, 11. They made their way to the local convent school to meet Albert's sister, Gilberte, who was staying to study. While waiting for the front door bell to be answered, Albert looked towards the embankment over the grotto and cried out: "Look! The Blessed Virgin, dressed in white, is walking above the bridge!" The girls paid no attention to him. But then Fernande turned around, partly because of the way Albert’s voice sounded, and partly because of the expression on his face. She looked up and froze in her tracks. The other girls,

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Meanwhile, the children ran home towards the Degeimbre house. They passed a man on the street. From their expressions, he thought there was a fire somewhere. “What’s happened?” he asked. Without skipping a beat, one of them yelled, “We saw something in white.” When they arrived at the Degeimbre house, Germaine was still sitting at the table with her two friends, Raymond Gobert and Jules Defesche. She knew immediately that something was wrong with them. Their faces were flushed, and they were completely out of breath. All spoke excitedly at the same time: “I think we saw the Blessed Virgin!”; “I think it was the statue that moved!”;“The Blessed Virgin was walking!”

The response was one of annoyance and disbelief. The older Degeimbre daughter, Jeanne, lashed out angrily at her sisters. “You two see the virgin?  Now if I had seen her, that would be different. But you two! You’re not good enough.” Germaine gave them a brisk dismissal, sending her two girls off to bed. Then she turned to the three Voison children, saying, “Now listen to me, you children. Don’t tell any of this foolishness to your parents.” However, they told their parents everything. Our Lady continued appearing to the children, but for the first three days, she said absolutely nothing to them. The local people, the skeptics, and their parents asked them, “What did she say?” Their response was, “Nothing.” Then, on Friday, December 2, in response to questions the people had prodded them to ask Our Lady, she replied to the question, “Are you the Immaculate Virgin?”, She nodded her head and opened her arms. “What do you want of us?”, she spoke for the first time. “ALWAYS BE GOOD.” They answered her, “Yes. We will always be good.” The response from the unbelievers when they heard this message was, “That’s it?”

The next day, Saturday, December 3, they repeated their questions. TO the question, “Are you really the Immaculate Virgin?”, she nodded her head in assent. To the question, “What do you want of us?”, her response was, “Is it true that you will always be good?” Their response, in unison, was, “Yes! We will always be good.”

The children encountered great opposition from all sides, including from the village priest. No one was helping them discern these events, but rather, they were being mocked or accused of being liars. To the outsiders, what had happened was not enough. Throughout the apparitions, there was not enough sensationalism. Even a priest, asked to comment about Our Lady’s first message, commented that it was too trite a statement to have been made by the Mother of God. Where were the miracles? Where were the signs? What was she saying that was momentous? “BE GOOD ALWAYS.” What was that? A battle began that November of 1932. People that you would expect to come to the aid of the children became their greatest enemies. The hate and accusations that they faced was almost immediate and strong. They trusted in Our Lady alone. The majority of the time, she would just look at the children and smile. She followed them as they recited the rosary, but didn’t join in. If she said nothing, that meant there was nothing to report, and the children could go home.

In spite of everything, suddenly, the Church had more participants at Mass than before. The mothers of the visionaries, Germaine Degeimbre and Marie Louise Voison, had asked for a Mass to be said to Our Lady, so that if what their children were experiencing was not from the Lord, Mary would put an end to it. The day chosen for the Mass was December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. That day, Marie Louise Voison received the Eucharist for the first time in ten years. Her husband followed her soon thereafter.

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The reports of the children matched almost perfectly. Each time Our Lady appeared, they all fell to their knees as if they had been pushed down by a strong force. Some people commented that the noise made from their knees hitting the ground made enough pressure to break the kneecaps of other people. Yet the children never felt pain from it. Each night, prior to Our Lady’s appearance, the children prayed the Rosary in a natural voice. However, once she arrived, their voices became much higher, and they prayed faster.

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On December 31, she revealed her golden heart once more to them. On January 1, 1933, she told them, “PRAY ALWAYS.” She also told them that she would not see them again after the 3rd of January.

On two separate occasions, Our Lady spoke only to one of the visionaries, Fernande Voison. She was afraid that people didn’t believe her when Mary spoke to her alone, and she felt the resentment of her fellow visionaries because of this. Fernande made it obvious to everyone that she didn’t like when Our Lady spoke to her alone. When Our Lady would appear, the tradition had become that when Our Lady moved her lips to speak, the children would stop praying so that they could hear her. During the apparition of January 1, when Mary began to move her lips to speak, Fernande was afraid that she would speak to her alone, so she continued praying and lowered her eyes so that she could not hear what Our Lady wanted to say. Two days later, she would be extremely sorry she had done this.

A great crowd assembled on January 3 for the final apparition, making it difficult for the children to get to their places for the apparition. They began to pray, and after a short while, all fell to their knees except Fernande. She looked around in amazement, then slowly went down on her knees for a few seconds. She got up and said, “I can’t see her.” For the others, Our Lady was more beautiful than they had ever seen her.

-She spoke first to Gilberte D: "This is between you and me, and I ask you not to speak of it to anyone." Mary then gave her a secret and said, "Goodbye.” -Next, she spoke to the other Gilberte: "I will convert sinners." She then gave the child a secret and said, "Goodbye." -She then spoke to Albert. She told him a secret and said, "Goodbye.” -Finally, she spoke to Andree: "I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always." Then she said "Goodbye" and disappeared.

During this time, Fernande prayed with all her might. She shut her eyes hard, prayed, and then opened them. She could see nothing. She looked at the expressions on the faces of the other children. She knew Our Lady was speaking to them. There were tears in their eyes. Fernande was in a state of panic. At the end of the apparition, the other children began to rise. The crowd started to disperse. Fernande stayed on her knees. She looked around, bewildered. Someone suggested they said another Rosary, and perhaps Our Lady would return. The children went down on their knees again and prayed the Rosary, but Our Lady did not return. The children got up and walked towards the grotto to pray. Fernande cried out, “I want to see her!” She remained alone, praying on her knees, while the remaining crowd headed towards the grotto to pray.

We can imagine what Fernande was saying: " Please, please come back to me. Don’t leave me this way. I’m sorry. I’m sorry for not letting you speak the other day. I love you. You promised me a secret. It can’t end this way. I need you. Please! Please!” Suddenly, a crack of thunder shot through the evening sky, followed by a ball of fire, which landed on the hawthorn tree. Everyone could see it. Fernande broke into a great smile. She was there! Our Lady looked upon Fernande, who could only cry for joy. She waited a moment, then spoke to her:  

-“Do you love my Son?” -“Yes!,” the girl exclaimed. -“Do you love me?” - “Oh, yes!” - “Then sacrifice yourself for me.”

These brief sentences are the principal message of Beauraing. Our Lady waited until the very end, when everything seemed over, speaking these words to a girl who had waited for her, asking forgiveness for having offended her. Fernande wanted Our Lady to stay. She had many questions to ask her. But Our Lady opened her arms, shone more brilliantly than ever, and exposed her Golden Heart. She looked at Fernande lovingly and said, “Goodbye.” Fernande collapsed in tears; her entire body was shaking from uncontrolled sobbing. The five visionaries got married. A few years after the apparitions ended, World War II broke out. Hitler invaded Belgium. The Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing became a light of Christian hope for the people of Belgium. In those difficult times, the faithful remembered what Our Lady had taught them about the love of Jesus and Our Lady’s petition for sacrifice. The apparitions have been approved by the Holy See. Every year, more than 200,000 people visit the Shrine. The message of Our Lady was not for the visionaries alone, but for all of her children. Meditate on it. Live it. Respond to the cry of Our Mother.

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The Apparition of the Virgin Mary in Beauraing

Beauraing is a village in the Belgian Ardennes. In 1932 it had about 2,000 inhabitants with a church, a boys' school, two girls' schools, and the ruins of an old castle. At the end of that year, something happened that stirred the spirits of all of Belgium and the surrounding countries: The Virgin Mary is said to have appeared there to 5 children from two different families.

The first apparition took place on November 29, 1932. Fernande (15 years) and Albert Voisin (11 years) go with their girlfriend Andrée (14 years) and Gilberte Degeimbre (9 years) to pick up their sister Gilberte Voisin (13 years) from school. While they are waiting in front of the boarding house, Albert suddenly sees a lady dressed in white floating in the room above the Lourdes Grotto. When he screams, the others also see the white figure. The sister who opens the door kindly says that an image cannot move and they imagine it. The children run home in fear. The parents admonish them not to tell anyone about it. But the next day the whole village knows about the event.

On November 30, around the same time, all five of them see the apparition over a railway viaduct. For the first time, they see how beautiful the apparition is. Again the children are not believed. The sisters of the boarding school to which they belong forbid them to speak about it. But then at the fourth apparition, the Virgin Mary moves to the new building of the sisters and stands there, under the bent branches of the hawthorn bush. She opens her hands in greeting, smiles, and disappears again.

The Virgin Mary has appeared more than 30 times in the same place, the last apparition was in January 1933. She always appeared on a hawthorn bush and only at night. She also had personal messages for the children in which she said that she is the mother of God and that they should pray a lot. The apparitions are eventually recognized by the Catholic Church.  In 1949, the Bishop of Namur recognized the credibility of this apparition. They are now one of sixteen supernatural Marian apparitions accepted by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.  She was given the name The Virgin with the Heart of Gold because the children thought they saw a golden heart on her chest.

The garden in which she appeared is now one of the most popular pilgrimage sites in Belgium

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From 29 November 1932 to 3 January 1933, five children from Beauraing witnessed the apparitions of the Virgin Mary on 33 occasions. The site of the apparitions has become the Beauraing Sanctuaries and a place of pilgrimage. The cult was authorised in 1943, and the supernatural nature of the events was recognised in 1949.

The reception point

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This is the last building to be constructed. It serves to direct pilgrims and tourists. It is a modern arcade that leads to an office where you can get information about the site. A film of the events can be seen here.

After the apparitions of the Virgin Mary, Beauraing gradually became a centre of international pilgrimage, and reception and catering facilities were developed. The sanctuaries themselves developed around the garden where the apparitions took place and the various chapels and churches contributed to the influence of the site.

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When you are on the square, you see the votive chapel, all in stone and filled with symbols linked to the events: number of windows, openings,… This chapel was built in 1947 by the architect Claes de Beauraing.

The main building remains the former school of the sisters, which has become the reception (accommodation and shelter) for pilgrims and the sick. This building bears a plaque recalling the vision of five children during the winter of 1932-1933.

The Basilica

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At the rear of the site stands the Basilica, the church having been awarded this title in 2013. The concrete building was built by the architect Bastin. The ground floor remains the rosary church and the upper floor, which is reached by a ramp, is the basilica, which is used for large gatherings such as the pilgrimage on 15 August.

In the garden of the apparitions, under the altar, is the crypt of St John, which houses a ceramic Way of the Cross by the artist Max Van der Linden (created in 1965).

The hawthorn

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The hawthorn itself is the enclosure around the place where the children saw the Virgin; today a statue (the work of Mr Pierroux de Beauraing), a bed of candles and flowers maintain the place as the centre of recollection for all visitors.

Bonus: A souvenir shop “Pro Maria” also houses a small museum with more than 800 statues of the Virgin from all countries and in all materials. It allows to visualize the importance of the Marian cult in the world. Some of the pieces are very rare.

For more information on what to do there, visit the Beauraing Sanctuaries website .

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Since 1932, millions of pilgrims have visited the Sanctuary Our Lady of Beauraing to honor the Virgin with the Heart of Gold.

You, who come through Our Lady of Beauraing, stop for a few minutes regardless of your religious or moral convictions. Something is happening here. A message of serenity, peace, and joy. At the Sanctuaries, during retreats, contemplate the preserved surroundings of the region, you are invited to replenish yourself, to retrace the unfinished border between the essential and the accessory, between tolerance and rejection… TO FIND AGAIN A GOLDEN HEART!

Words were spoken by Our Lady of Beauraing

Beauraing, during the Winter of 1932-1933. An exceptional event. In an exceptional context. A cold and dark time. The first stirrings of the drama of the Second World War.

A light appeared in the night.

Towards 6 o’clock on the 29th November 1932, Mr. Voisin asked his children Fernande (age 15) and Albert (age 11) to go and pick up their sister Gilberte (age 13) from the boarding school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine of Nancy.

Along the way, the children invited their friends Andrée Degeimbre (age 14) and her younger sister Gilberte (age 9) to join them. After Albert had rung the doorbell of the boarding school, he turned around and saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the railway bridge which spanned the road leading to Rochefort.

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His sister and her friends, disbelieving, turned around and they too saw the “beautiful Lady”. Sister Valeria opened the door. The children alerted her to the presence of the Virgin Mary. Not believing their fantasies, the Sister went to fetch Gilberte from her studies.

Not knowing what had just taken place, Gilberte arrived on the doorstep and also saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the bridge. The children ran home, afraid. They nevertheless promised that they would return the next day at the same time to pick up Gilberte.

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On the 30 th November, the Blessed Virgin appeared again above the bridge; again on the 1 st December but then disappeared to reappear by the holly bush (to the right of the existing podium), disappeared again; then reappeared under a branch of the hawthorn tree near the entrance gate to the garden.

It is there that Mary would appear for another 30 times until the 3 rd of January.  She was dressed in a long white dress with a faint blue hue. Her head was covered with a long veil that fell down to her shoulders. Thin rays of light came out of her head which gave the impression she was wearing a crown. Usually, Mary’s hands were joined together and she was smiling.

From the 29 th of December, as a sign of farewell, the children saw her heart illuminated between her outstretched arms, it looked like a golden heart. From this, we have the title of Our Lady of Beauraing: the Blessed Virgin with the Golden Heart.

On the 2 nd December, to the question asked by the children “What do you want from us ?” Mary spoke for the first time: “ Be very good “. Then on the occasion of another apparition:” Is it true that you will always be good ? “.

On the 8 th of December, the children were in ecstasy for a quarter of an hour. “She was more beautiful than ever !”

On the 17 th Mary asked for “ a Chapel “.

On the 21 st to the question “Tell us who you are ?” Mary said: “ I am the Immaculate Virgin “.

On the 23 rd to the question “Why do you come here ?” She answered: “ So people come here on pilgrimage “. From the 30 th , Mary revealed the heart of her message: On the 30 th : “ Pray, pray much ” and on the 1 st of January: “ Pray always “.

On the 3 rd of January, Mary revealed a secret to the three younger children. She promised: “ I will convert sinners “. She said again: “ I am the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven “. She asked: “ Do you love my Son, do you love me ? ” “ Then sacrifice yourselves for me “. “ Good-bye. ”

Words were spoken by Mary at Beauraing

There have been two recognized miraculous healings. The cult of Our Lady of Beauraing was authorized on the 2 nd of January 1943. The authenticity of the events was recognized by Mgr Charue, Bishop of Namur, on the 2 nd July 1949.

What happened to Five Children witnessing the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing?

Andrée Degeimbre , was born on the 19th of April 1918 and married Georges van den Steen from Haltert (Flanders) in 1941. Andrée had 3 children: Christian, Yvan, and Marie-Ange. She died on the 11th of June 1978. She was the first of the five seers to die.

She was known for her strong faith, her common sense, the frankness of speech, and unfailing loyalty. For more than 40 years she recited the Rosary every day at 6.30 pm in front of the hawthorn tree, even in the snow.

Her routine was only interrupted by her husband’s illness, from September 1974 till 3rd April 1975, then later on by her own illness. She recited the Rosary for the last time on the 29th November 1977 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the first apparition.  European catholic shrines and basilicas. 

Fernande Voisin  was born on 21st June 1917 and in 1941 married Albert Despas from Bure. He worked at the local tax office. Fernande was a nurse who made home visits. In 1954 they moved to Namur where she died on the 9th May 1979 from a long illness (cancer of the kidneys).

She had five children: Rose-Marie, Michel, Emmanuel, Noel, and Marie-Françoise. According to a witness, she was the most self-effacing of the seers. She led a generous life. It was to her that Our Lady asked on the 3rd January 1933: “Do you love my Son ?”

Gilberte Voisin, was born on the 20th of June 1919. She was a kindergarten teacher and in 1945 married Amédée Pierret, a police officer from Sainte-Marie. He was killed while on active duty on the 22nd April 1953 leaving two children: Michel and Bernadette. Gilberte returned to Beauraing where she later died in an accident on the 3rd January 2003, the 70th anniversary of the last apparition at the very hour that Mary promised her: “I will convert sinners”.

Albert Voisin , was born on the 3rd September 1921 and studied with the Brothers in Carlsberg. He spent his military duty in Ireland and Germany. He was a teacher in Ottignies for 2 years and then in 1948 married office worker Yvonne Embrechts from Liège.

That same year, they left for the Belgian Congo, first to Lubumbashi followed by Kowézi where their 3 children were born: Claude, Francine, and Bridget. The family returned to Beauraing in 1961 where Albert taught at the “Institut Notre Dame” which was founded in 1949 upon the initiative of Dean Lafontaine and run by the “Frères des Écoles Chrétiennes” (Brothers of Christian Schools). He died after a long illness on the 23rd of December 2003.

Gilberte Degeimbre , was born on the 13th August 1923, and in 1947 married André Philippe, an engineer. For a long time, she lived in Italy with her husband and their two children. She was employed as a secretary. She has since returned to live in Beauraing with her husband. She died 10th of February 2015.

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How long does it take to travel from Beauraing to Brussels by train?

The average journey time between Beauraing and Brussels is 2 hours and 30 minutes and the fastest journey time is 1 hour and 51 minutes. On an average weekday, there are are 12 trains trains per day travelling from Beauraing to Brussels. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.  Its not possible to travel from Beauraing to Brussels without having to change trains. To travel from Beauraing to Brussels will require a minimum of 1 change.

The first train from Beauraing to Brussels departs at 05:26. The last train from Beauraing to Brussels departs at 20:45. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services. Alternatively, some popular routes may run throughout the night at a reduced frequency.

Words spoken by Mary at Beauraing

Towards 6 o’clock on the 29 th November 1932, Mr Voisin asked his children Fernande (age 15) and Albert (age 11) to go and pick up their sister Gilberte (age 13) from the boarding school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine of Nancy.

Along the way, the children invited their friends Andrée Degeimbre (age 14) and her younger sister Gilberte (age 9) to join them. After Albert had rung the doorbell of the boarding school, he turned around and saw the Blessed Virgin walking in the air above the the railway bridge which spanned the road leading to Rochefort.

It is there that Mary would appear for another 30 times until the 3 rd January.  She was dressed in a long white dress with a faint blue hue. Her head was covered with a long veil that fell down to her shoulders. Thin rays of light came out of her head which gave the impression she was wearing a crown. Usually Mary’s hands were joined together and she was smiling.

From the 29 th December, as a sign of farewell, the children saw her heart illuminated between her outstretched arms, it looked like a golden heart. From this we have the title of Our Lady of Beauraing: the Blessed Virgin with the Golden Heart.

On the 2 nd December, to the question asked by the children “What do you want from us ?” Mary spoke for the first time: “ Be very good “. Then on the occasion of another apparition :” Is it true that you will always be good ? “.

On the 8 th December, the children were in ecstasy for a quarter of an hour. “She was more beautiful than ever !”

On the 3 rd January, Mary revealed a secret to the three younger children. She promised: “ I will convert sinners “. She said again: “ I am the Mother of God, Queen of Heaven “. She asked: “ Do you love my Son, do you love me ? ” “ Then sacrifice yourselves for me “. “ Good-bye. ”

There have been two recognised miraculous healings. The cult of Our Lady of Beauraing was authorised on the 2 nd January 1943. The authencity of the events was recognised by Mgr Charue, Bishop of Namur, on the 2 nd July 1949.

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November 29: Apparition of Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium (1932)

On the evening of November 29, 1932, five children, fun-loving, mischievous playmates, ranging from the fifteen to nine years of age, were walking toward the railway viaduct in the Vallon part of Belgium, in the simple and quiet village of Beauraing. Suddenly one of them exclaimed that there was a bright light moving at the viaduct. First they thought these the lights of a moving car. Very soon, however, they discovered the figure of a lady, and they instantly recognized that this could be nothing less than the Blessed Virgin, Our Lady of Beauraing.

Nobody wished to believe what the children related. But the next evening they came home with the same story. The village laughed at them and their parents were angry. The next time the children related with more details that they had seen a lady who was more beautiful than her statues, dressed in pure white, with a crown of golden rays on her head.

On December 2nd the children asked the lady some questions; she, smiling, confirmed that she was the Immaculate Virgin and demanded they “always be good.” As the vision continued, more people came to Beauraing, including police officials, doctors and psychologists.

There were thirty-three apparitions in all. On December 29th the children related, the Blessed Virgin revealed on her breast a heart of gold. The next evening she asked for more prayers. On January 1, 1933, Our Lady of Beauraing reiterated this request and told Fernande, the fifteen year old girl:

“If you love my Son and love me, then sacrifice yourself for me.”

The Belgian bishops at the beginning forbade any processions or cults and started an investigation that was to last for ten years, during which serious objections were brought against the children. Finally, in 1943, a decree was issued by the Bishop of Namur authorizing the cult of Our Lady of Beauraing.

On July 18, 1947, Msgr. Charue personally received papal blessings for the Sanctuary dedicated to Our Lady of Beauraing – the Virgin of the Golden Heart. This devotion has since taken on new and ever increasing proportions.

The final approbation was given on July 2, 1949. The cures of Miss Van Laer and Mrs. Acar were declared miraculous by a decree given by Msgr. Charue. Many conversions and graces have been obtained through the intercession of Our Lady of Beauraing. The editor of the Belgian Communist paper, “Le Drapeau Rouge” (the Red Flag), was one of the first to become Catholic at the Shrine of Our Lady of Beauraing.

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Description of the Virgin The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in white walking above the bridge and the grotto by the convent with clouds covering her feet. The Virgin, with hands joined and turned toward the sky, carried a rosary hanging from her right arm. During the five last apparitions, she showed a heart of gold, surrounded by rays, on her chest. Visionaries The children belonged to two families: the Voisins (Fernande, 15 years; Berthe, 13 years; and Albert 11 years) and the Degeimbres (Andre, 14 years, and Gilberte, 9 years old). These working families were for the most part non-practicing Catholics. Messages The Virgin Mary urged the children to pray and sacrifice. She asked, "that people pray much," "that a chapel be built" (December 17, 1932), "that people come here in pilgrimage" (December 23). She promised the conversion of sinners. All these points are common with Lourdes. During the five last apparitions, she showed a heart of gold, surrounded by rays, on her chest. During the fourth apparition (December 4) and the seventh (December 21), she declared herself to be "the Immaculate Virgin" (analogous to Lourdes). During the last apparition (January 3, 1933), she added: "I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of heaven." Twenty thousand persons were present that day. The secrets given to the children have never been revealed. Click here to read the messages of Our Lady of Beauraing. Miracles and Signs After the fourth apparition, there were sick people in the crowd. The visionaries prayed Our Lady to heal them. But it was only after the last apparition that healings took place. Here, however, the matter begins to deteriorate. A certain Come Tilman, fifty-eight years old, became a visionary in his turn, and at the first vision, he was healed of spondylitis. However, a medical and psychic examination of the visionary, made on June 1934, was negative. Meanwhile, similar apparitions multiplied in Belgium. It was thus that in 1935, the Holy Office turned the examination of the matter over to the Primate of Belgium, Cardinal Van Roy. During the apparition of December 8th, Dr. Maistriaux, Dr. Lurquin and other doctors were there to pinch, slap, prick and shine flashlights in the children eyes. There was no response from the children during the Lady's visit.

Dr. Lurquin took a lighted match to Gilberte Voisin's left hand; still there was no response. After the apparition Dr. Lurquin looked to see what damage the match had done. There was no sign of injury. On July 2, 1949, the Bishop released two important documents relating to Beauraing. One was an episcopal decree recognizing as authentic miracles two of the many cures credited to Our Lady of Beauraing. One was the cure of Maria Van Laer who was an invalid for 16 years wth tuberculosis and he other was the cure of Maric-Madeleine Acar who was cured of a tumor of the womb on July 30, 1933. Church Approval After long investigations and especially-difficult negotiations with Rome, the cult of Our Lady of Beauraing was recognized through a decree on February 19, 1943 which authorized public devotions to Our Lady of Beauraing. André Marie Charue , Bishop of Namur released a document to Clergy in the Diocese declaring that the Queen of Heaven did appear to the children. The Feast Day of The Virgin of the Poor is August 22nd. Prayer O virgin of the Poor, May you ever be blessed ! And blessed be He who deigned to send you to us. What you have been and are to us now, you will always be to those who, like us, and better then us, offer their faith and their prayer. You will be all for us, as you revealed yourself at Banneux : Mediatrix of all graces, the Mother of theSaviour, Mother of God. A compassionate and powerfull Mother who loves the poor and all Peaople, who alleviates suffering, who saves individuals and all humanity, Queen and Mother of all Nations, who came to lead all those who allow themselves to be guided by you, to Jesus the true and only Source of eternal life. Amen. Shrines Les Santuaires de ND de Beauraing

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Les pèlerins habitués aux Sanctuaires d’apparitions de la Vierge Marie s’attendent toujours à trouver des sites grandioses : les paysages superbes de Fatima, le torrent du Gave à Lourdes, les montagnes à La Salette, les forêts à Banneux… Toujours, semble-t-il, de l’espace, de la hauteur, un paysage ouvert et dégagé, dans ces Sanctuaires-là !

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Le Sanctuaire de Beauraing est coincé dans un petit bout de terre étriqué, dans la plate Belgique : pas de paysage ouvert, ni d’espace large, ni de hauteur. C’est un petit bout de jardin, sans fleur, en ces semaines d’hiver : il y a quelques arbres, un houx chétif et une aubépine sauvage. Rien d’autre que ce lopin de jardin, coincé entre la route et le chemin de fer. Dans le dialecte local, le wallon, on dit du village :  Biarin, c’èst bia, mais c’èst rin  ! En français :  Beauraing, c’est beau, mais ce n’est rien  ! Un village obscur de quelque 1 500 habitants qui, pour la plupart, n’ont jamais quitté le bourg. On interrogera un jour Gilberte Degeimbre, la plus jeune des enfants : “La Vierge avait-elle un accent ?”. Et la petite de répondre : “Je suppose qu’elle avait l’accent de Beauraing, parce que je n’ai pas entendu qu’elle en avait un”.

En 1932, Beauraing est un paisible petit village de campagne – on pourrait dire aussi : un petit village perdu – situé en Wallonie belge, à quelques kilomètres de la frontière française. 1932, c’est quatorze ans après la fin de la Grande Guerre, avec ses millions de morts ; c’est aussi trois ans après le crash financier de la Bourse américaine, et la crise économique touchant de plein fouet l’Europe. À quelques centaines de kilomètres, l’Allemagne voit l’avènement du parti nazi d’Adolf Hitler aux suites désastreuses… C’est cette année-là, dans un village de campagne sans relief, que la Vierge Marie choisit d’apparaître, à trente-trois reprises, du 29 novembre 1932 au 3 janvier 1933, à cinq jeunes enfants. Il s’agit de deux fratries issues de familles modestes : les  Voisin , avec  Fernande  (15 ans),  Gilberte  (13 ans) et  Albert  (11 ans),

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et les  Degeimbre , avec  Andrée  (14 ans) et  Gilberte  (9 ans). Ces deux dernières se sont récemment installées avec leur mère et une sœur aînée à Beauraing, où elles continuent d’élever du bétail suite au récent décès du papa. Les cinq enfants ont vite lié amitié, ils jouent aussi souvent que possible ensemble, font des farces aux villageois – ils aiment sonner aux portes des maisons et s’enfuir aussitôt – et vont chercher Gilberte Voisin à l’étude chez les Sœurs de la Doctrine Chrétienne de Nancy, le soir venu.

C’est ainsi que le 29 novembre, vers 18 heures, Albert, qui vient de sonner chez les Sœurs, se retourne et s’écrie : “Regardez, la Vierge qui se promène au-dessus du pont”. Il l’a vue, à quelques mètres à peine au-dessus du pont du chemin de fer qui surplombe la route de Rochefort : c’est à une cinquantaine de mètres d’eux. Sa sœur et ses amies, incrédules, voient à leur tour cette Belle Dame. Sœur Valéria vient ouvrir la porte. Les enfants lui signalent la présence de la Vierge. Ne croyant pas à ces “bêtises”, la religieuse va chercher Gilberte Voisin à l’étude. Lorsqu’elle arrive au pas de la porte, celle-ci voit, elle aussi, la Sainte Vierge se promenant en l’air au-dessus du pont. Effrayés, les enfants retournent chez eux en courant, se promettant néanmoins de revenir le lendemain à la même heure.

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Le 30 novembre, la Sainte Vierge leur apparaît de nouveau, au-dessus du pont. Le 1 er  décembre également, mais elle leur apparaît une deuxième fois près d’un houx du jardin. Elle disparaît de nouveau, puis elle se montre sous une branche d’aubépine, près de la grille d’entrée du jardin. C’est là que, désormais, Marie se manifestera encore une trentaine de fois.

Ce soir-là, les enfants, moins effrayés désormais, sont accompagnés par leurs parents qui tentent de faire la lumière sur ce mystère ou ces sornettes, comme dit la maman Degeimbre. D’ailleurs, elle est venue, ce soir-là, avec quelques amies, munie d’un solide bâton : on verra bien qui est le petit malin qui fait peur aux enfants. Et voici que, pendant l’apparition, elle fouille les buissons avec son bâton, et la petite Gilberte s’écrie : “Attention, maman, tu es dessus !” Car les apparitions, en effet, sont réservées aux seuls enfants : personne d’autre ne voit quoi que ce soit. À chaque fois, les parents regardent leurs enfants tomber d’un coup sourd sur le sol, à s’en casser les rotules. Tous les cinq pointent le regard dans la même direction : l’aubépine. Inquiets, les adultes se rendent chez le curé-doyen du village, qui n’y croit pas vraiment mais les rassure en leur expliquant que, si c’est vrai, c’est une bonne chose, les mettant toutefois en garde sur le fait qu’ils doivent rester discrets. Pour la supérieure, Mère Théophile, il faut que la “comédie” cesse ; elle a pris sa décision : les grilles seront fermées et les deux chiens lâchés dans le jardin.

Le 2 décembre, les enfants reviennent, comme chaque soir : ils ne peuvent plus entrer dans le jardin et restent sur le trottoir, dans la rue ; mais la Vierge leur apparaît, tournée vers eux qui sont de l’autre côté de la grille. Au moment où elle apparaît, les chiens furieux s’arrêtent aussitôt d’aboyer et se couchent au sol, sans bouger. La petite Gilberte le dira clairement : “Ce sont les premiers qui nous ont crus !” Ce soir-là, Albert demande à la Vierge si elle est l’Immaculée Conception ; elle fait signe de la tête que oui. Puis il demande, pour tous les enfants : “Que voulez-vous ?” Marie parle pour la première fois : “D’être bien sages.” Puis, lors d’une deuxième apparition ce soir-là, elle demande au seul Albert : “Est-ce vrai que vous serez toujours sages ?”

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Marie est vêtue d’une longue robe blanche, avec de légers reflets bleutés. La  tête est recouverte d’un long voile blanc qui tombe sur les épaules. De sa tête sortent de fins rayons de lumière qui lui forment comme une couronne. Elle tient habituellement les mains jointes. Elle sourit. À partir du 29 décembre cependant, les enfants découvriront qu’elle porte un chapelet au bras droit, puis ils apercevront entre ses bras ouverts en signe d’au revoir, son cœur tout illuminé, tel un cœur d’or. D’où l’appellation que tous retiendront : Notre Dame au Cœur d’Or.

Les apparitions se poursuivent, chaque jour. Chaque fois, un cri d’admiration s’échappe de la bouche des cinq enfants quand la Vierge Marie apparaît. Tous les témoins présents en garderont un souvenir ému : ils ne voyaient pas les enfants, éloignés d’eux par une foule dense ; mais à l’instant même, ils savaient que la Vierge Marie était présente, par la voix des enfants aussitôt transfigurée, transformée radicalement, devenue soudain cristalline, lumineuse, céleste, remplie de la présence divine.

Le 8 décembre, les enfants tombent en extase durant un peu plus d’un quart d’heure : “Elle était plus belle que jamais”, expliquent-ils ensuite. C’est avec impatience qu’ils attendent chacune de ses apparitions. Entretemps, les Sœurs ont levé leur interdiction de venir dans le jardin le soir, même si elles sont embarrassées. Les gens du village affluent tous les soirs, de plus en plus nombreux. Le notaire est le premier notable à interroger les enfants. Pour ces derniers, les difficultés commencent ! Madame Degeimbre a même privé sa fille Gilberte de “Saint-Nicolas”, la célèbre fête des enfants. Pour la première fois, le doyen parle de l’affaire à l’évêque de Namur, qui prône la prudence et interdit au clergé d’assister aux apparitions. Des médecins et des journalistes ont pris le relais du notaire pour tenter de confondre les “mensonges” des petits. Mais la foule ne cesse de croître : 10 000 personnes déjà, en ce 8 décembre, entourent les enfants, alors que les médecins pratiquent des tests, durant l’apparition, en pinçant fort les mollets, en enfonçant un couteau dans la peau d’Andrée, en brûlant les mains de Gilberte d’une allumette. Rien n’y fait, les enfants restent insensibles et ne gardent après coup aucune trace de ces tests douloureux.

Le 17 décembre, la Vierge demande “une chapelle”. Le 21 décembre, à la question “Dites-nous qui vous êtes”, elle se nomme elle-même : “Je suis la Vierge immaculée.” Le 23, alors qu’une foule immense s’est massée toute la journée, les enfants demandent : “Pourquoi venez-vous ici ?” Elle répond : “Pour qu’on vienne ici en pèlerinage !” Le 29 décembre, Marie prévient qu’elle cessera bientôt de leur apparaître. Et, à partir du 30 décembre, Marie livre l’essentiel de son message.

Ainsi, le 30 décembre, elle demande : “Priez, priez beaucoup.” Le 1 er  janvier : “Priez toujours.” Le 2 janvier, plus de 12 000 personnes sont rassemblées, et Marie prévient les enfants qu’elle livrera un secret à chacun d’entre eux le lendemain. Le 3 janvier, c’est 30 000 personnes qui se massent devant le pensionnat. Marie confie à chacun des trois plus jeunes un message personnel qui, jamais, ne sera révélé. Après leur avoir confié ces secrets, la Vierge déclare : “Je suis la Mère de Dieu, la Reine des Cieux ; priez toujours, adieu.” Puis elle promet encore : “Je convertirai les pécheurs.” Elle se nomme à nouveau : “Je suis la Mère de Dieu, la Reine des Cieux.” Elle demande enfin, sommet du dialogue avec les enfants : “Aimez-vous mon Fils ? M’aimez-vous ? Alors, sacrifiez-vous pour moi. Adieu.”

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Après trente-trois apparitions, après tant d’études de théologiens et de médecins, Mgr Thomas-Louis Heylen, évêque de Namur, fait aboutir la reconnaissance du culte. Le 16 mai 1943, son successeur, Mgr André-Marie Charue, obtient de Rome un décret autorisant le culte de Notre-Dame de Beauraing. Deux guérisons sont déclarées miraculeuses et l’authenticité des faits est reconnue le 2 juillet 1949 par Mgr Charue. Les cinq enfants se sont mariés, dans la région de Beauraing, ou plus loin. Tous ont gardé en mémoire toute leur vie ce qu’ils ont vu cet hiver-là et y sont restés fidèles. Ils sont aujourd’hui décédés.

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La statue de Notre-Dame de Beauraing fut réalisée, peu après les apparitions, par un artiste local, Aurélien Pierroux. Le résultat, au terme de nombreux essais, a plu aux enfants, même s’il n’est qu’un pâle reflet de la beauté indicible de la Reine des Cieux. Le cœur d’or a constitué l’une des nombreuses difficultés rencontrées par l’artiste : comment rendre, à nos yeux humains, la beauté divine de ce cœur si particulier ? Les enfants l’avaient décrit “gros comme une orange”, mais surtout complètement rayonnant de lumière ! Le choix fut pris de montrer un cœur traditionnel, à la forme bien connue et totalement doré. Mais pour indiquer le rayonnement si merveilleux, huit rayons furent ajoutés, légèrement effilés de la base vers l’extérieur. Huit, chiffre d’abondance, de surabondance, comme le huitième jour, celui de la résurrection, ou comme les huit béatitudes de l’évangile de Matthieu, surabondantes face aux sept lamentations déplorées par le Seigneur Jésus devant la noirceur des pensées pharisiennes. Huit, pour exprimer la puissance, éclatante et douce à la fois, des grâces divines par l’intercession de la Vierge Marie.

C’est sûrement le signe le plus étincelant, le plus beau de Beauraing. Les enfants l’ont dit : elle avait un cœur d’or. Dire de quelqu’un qu’il a un cœur d’or – on le dit de nos mamans et de nos papas – c’est dire qu’il est débordant d’amour et de lumière. Mais le jardin d’école où la Vierge est apparue est celui d’une école dédiée au Sacré-Cœur ! Le nom de l’Institut Notre-Dame du Sacré-Cœur indique que le cœur de Marie est uni au cœur de Jésus lui-même, reflet admirable du cœur du Père puisque : “Mon Père et moi, nous sommes un”, dit Jésus (Jn 10,13). Ce cœur que l’on admire sur la poitrine de Marie est aussi le nôtre, car il est le cœur d’une femme, d’un être humain que Dieu a fait brûler de son Amour.

Au milieu de l’aubépine, lieu des apparitions, il y a comme un feu brûlant ! Il est Buisson ardent où Moïse découvre la présence de Dieu et reçoit la mission d’aller lui-même rayonner un feu dévorant au milieu de son peuple. Ou encore, il est ce feu dévorant dont les deux disciples d’Emmaüs, sur le chemin des derniers mots de l’évangile de Luc, font l’expérience, se disant l’un à l’autre : “Notre cœur n’était-il pas tout brûlant en nous tandis qu’il nous parlait sur le chemin ?” (Lc 24,32), tandis qu’il rompait le pain à l’auberge d’Emmaüs et qu’il s’offrait en Eucharistie ?

“Aimez-vous mon Fils ?” – “Oui” : il faut être enfant pour oser répondre ainsi ! “M’aimez-vous ?” – “Oui” – “Alors, sacrifiez-vous… (petit temps de silence, a précisé Fernande) pour moi.” Nous sommes là au sommet de l’échange: une invitation douce et forte à revenir à l’amour. Et nous découvrons qu’il s’agit d’un seul et même amour, celui du Fils et celui de la Mère. Un amour vécu, vivant, rayonnant, qui invite au sacrifice. Ce dernier mot garde sa valeur, puisqu’il indique aussi l’Eucharistie. Se sacrifier, c’est se donner par amour, comme une maman le fait pour son enfant, comme Jésus l’a fait pour chacun de nous.

La Vierge Marie fait résonner, en ses derniers mots, l’exhortation vive de l’apôtre Paul aux chrétiens de Rome : “Je vous exhorte donc, frères, par la miséricorde de Dieu à offrir vos personnes en sacrifice vivant agréable à Dieu (…). Que le renouvellement de votre jugement vous transforme et vous fasse discerner quelle est la volonté de Dieu, ce qui est bon, ce qui lui plaît, ce qui est parfait” (Rm 12,1-2).

En Marie, ne voyons-nous pas le sourire d’un Dieu qui nous aime ?

chanoine Joël Rochette

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Beauraing: The Virgin with the Golden Heart

Beauraing: the virgin with the golden heart.

During the dark and ominous time that preceded World War II, something extraordinary took place in Beauraing (Belgium) during the winter of 1932-1933.

The Virgin with the Golden Heart

On 33 occasions, from November 29 to January 3, the Virgin Mary appeared to five children: Fernande (15), Gilberte and Albert Voisin (13 and 11), Andrea and Gilberte Degeimbre (14 and 9).

The celestial visitor appeared near a railroad bridge, under a hawthorn tree, and in a school yard.

The Virgin wore a long white dress with light blue highlights. Her head was covered with a long white veil flowing over her shoulders. It emitted fine rays of light, in the shape of a crown. Most of the time Mary smiled and held her hands joined in prayer.

"Are you the Blessed Virigin?"

On December 2, the children saw the apparition under a hawthorn tree near the front gate of the school, and asked the lady if she was the Blessed Virgin.

On December 8, the apparition assured the children that she was the Immaculate Virgin. They related afterwards: "She was more beautiful than ever!"

On December 17, Mary asked for a chapel to be built. On December 29, and again later, the children saw her heart light up as if made of gold, holding her arms open in a gesture of farewell.

Hence the name of Our Lady of Beauraing: the Virgin with the Golden Heart. This golden heart parallels the apparition of Our Lady of Fatima with her Immaculate Heart. At Fatima, her heart was crowned with thorns. Here, the gold evokes divine glory in all its might, and eternal life.

On January 3, 1933 the Virgin stated, "I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven."

The first medical examinations (skin and eye tests) were commenced. The report concluded: "Serious observation of the series of phenomena allows us to rule out any hypothesis of hysteria, collective hallucination and hypnosis. The experiments conducted on December 8, 1932 compel us to rule out any simulation." (R. Laurentin).

Two recoveries were recognized as miraculous. The cult was authorized in 1943; the authenticity of the facts in 1949, by Bishop Charue of Namur.

Visit of John Paul II, May 18, 1985

"Amen, amen, I say to you: whatever you ask the Father in my name He will give you" (Jn 16: 23). [...]

It is good that each region possesses one or more Marian shrines, erected for a special reason, with the permission of the ruling bishops; this is the way that Marian devotion, so important in the Catholic faith and well explained by the Second Vatican Council at the summit of the Constitution on the Church, can take root and flourish.

" In this singular way [Mary] cooperated by her obedience, faith, hope and burning charity in the work of the Savior in giving back supernatural life to souls. Wherefore she is our mother in the order of grace  ... Taken up to heaven she did not lay aside this salvific duty, but by her constant intercession continued to bring us the gifts of eternal salvation. " (Lumen Gentium, 61. 62). [...]
The shrine, a place of permanent prayer with Mary, makes this presence very real and condensed, in a certain way. [...]
With Mary, let us open our hearts to the Holy Spirit. Let us pray in the name of Jesus. Maybe, until now, we haven't asked enough in the name of Christ? (Cf. Jn 16: 24) Are you convinced that "nothing is impossible to God"? (cf Lk 1: 37) "Ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be complete" (Jn 16: 24).   Indeed, vocations are the fruit of prayer; they are the source of the Church's joy.   Amen.

John Paul II, homily in Beauraing, May 18, 1985

Cf. Omer ENGLEBERT, Les apparitions de Beauraing , Paris 1933

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Description of the Virgin The Virgin Mary appeared as a beautiful lady in white walking above the bridge and the grotto by the convent with clouds covering her feet. The Virgin, with hands joined and turned toward the sky, carried a rosary hanging from her right arm. During the five last apparitions, she showed a heart of gold, surrounded by rays, on her chest. Visionaries The children belonged to two families: the Voisins (Fernande, 15 years; Berthe, 13 years; and Albert 11 years) and the Degeimbres (Andre, 14 years, and Gilberte, 9 years old). These working families were for the most part non-practicing Catholics. Messages The Virgin Mary urged the children to pray and sacrifice. She asked, "that people pray much," "that a chapel be built" (December 17, 1932), "that people come here in pilgrimage" (December 23). She promised the conversion of sinners. All these points are common with Lourdes. During the five last apparitions, she showed a heart of gold, surrounded by rays, on her chest. During the fourth apparition (December 4) and the seventh (December 21), she declared herself to be "the Immaculate Virgin" (analogous to Lourdes). During the last apparition (January 3, 1933), she added: "I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of heaven." Twenty thousand persons were present that day. The secrets given to the children have never been revealed. Miracles and Signs After the fourth apparition, there were sick people in the crowd. The visionaries prayed Our Lady to heal them. But it was only after the last apparition that healings took place. Here, however, the matter begins to deteriorate. A certain Come Tilman, fifty-eight years old, became a visionary in his turn, and at the first vision, he was healed of spondylitis. However, a medical and psychic examination of the visionary, made on June 1934, was negative. Meanwhile, similar apparitions multiplied in Belgium. It was thus that in 1935, the Holy Office turned the examination of the matter over to the Primate of Belgium, Cardinal Van Roy. During the apparition of December 8th, Dr. Maistriaux, Dr. Lurquin and other doctors were there to pinch, slap, prick and shine flashlights in the children eyes. There was no response from the children during the Lady's visit.

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Beauraing Apparitions Photograph Collection

Beauraing Apparitions Photograph Collection

This collection of photographs documents the history and activities related to the Marian apparitions in Beauraing, Belgium that occurred in 1932 and 1933. The collection was donated to the Marian Library by the Pro Maria Committee of Lowell, Massachusetts, circa 1965.

For more information about the collection, please see the Guide to the Pro Maria Committee photograph collection or contact the Marian Library at [email protected].

Albert Voisin and Brother Quinet, 1966

Albert Voisin and Brother Quinet, 1966

Albert Voisin with Wife and Children in the Belgian Congo, 1957

Albert Voisin with Wife and Children in the Belgian Congo, 1957

American Air Force at the Site of the Apparitions, 1945

American Air Force at the Site of the Apparitions, 1945

American Pilgrims Depart for the Marian Shrines of Europe, 1966

American Pilgrims Depart for the Marian Shrines of Europe, 1966

Andree Degeimbre Leads the Evening Rosary, 1957

Andree Degeimbre Leads the Evening Rosary, 1957

Aurelien Pierroux in Beauraing, 1950

Aurelien Pierroux in Beauraing, 1950

Beauraing Promotion at the World Sodality Congress, 1959

Beauraing Promotion at the World Sodality Congress, 1959

Beauraing Shrine in Massachusetts, 1957

Beauraing Shrine in Massachusetts, 1957

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in Beauraing, 1958

Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament in Beauraing, 1958

Benediction of the Statue "St. Louis-Marie Gringnon de Montfort", 1949

Benediction of the Statue "St. Louis-Marie Gringnon de Montfort", 1949

Blessing of the Votive Chapel, 1954

Blessing of the Votive Chapel, 1954

Blessing the sick in Beauraing, 1958

Blessing the sick in Beauraing, 1958

Catholic Pilgrims, 1933

Catholic Pilgrims, 1933

Catholic Pilgrims in Belgium, 1960

Catholic Pilgrims in Belgium, 1960

Catholic Pilgrims in Belgium, 1960

Catholic Pilgrims on the Feast of Our Lady of Beauraing, 1960

Catholic Prayer Vigil in Beauraing, 1965

Catholic Prayer Vigil in Beauraing, 1965

Child Praying in the Garden of Apparitions, circa 1960

Child Praying in the Garden of Apparitions, circa 1960

Cobblestones at the Site of the Marian Apparitions, 1965

Cobblestones at the Site of the Marian Apparitions, 1965

Crowd Near Our Lady of Beauraing Shrine, 1958

Crowd Near Our Lady of Beauraing Shrine, 1958

Crowd of Pilgrims During Mass, 1963

Crowd of Pilgrims During Mass, 1963

Crowds During Mass at Beauraing Shrine, 1958

Crowds During Mass at Beauraing Shrine, 1958

Engraving of Our Lady of Beauraing, 1958

Engraving of Our Lady of Beauraing, 1958

Evening Rosary at the Shrine, 1960

Evening Rosary at the Shrine, 1960

Evening Rosary Led by Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre, circa 1960

Evening Rosary Led by Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre, circa 1960

Exterior of the First Comite Pro Maria, 1960

Exterior of the First Comite Pro Maria, 1960

Gilberte and Andree Degeimbre, 1965

Gilberte and Andree Degeimbre, 1965

Inscription at St. Joseph Shrine, 1964

Inscription at St. Joseph Shrine, 1964

Interior of the Chapel, 1950

Interior of the Chapel, 1950

Marian Library Medal Awarded to Fr. Debergh, 1958

Marian Library Medal Awarded to Fr. Debergh, 1958

Marie Debergh Praying in Beauraing, 1958

Marie Debergh Praying in Beauraing, 1958

Mass in Beauraing, 1943

Mass in Beauraing, 1943

Mass on the 25th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Beauraing, 1957

Mass on the 25th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Beauraing, 1957

Mass on the 25th Anniversary of the Apparitions at Beauraing, 1957

Our Lady of Beauraing Statue Maquette, circa 1960

Our Lady of Beauraing Statues, 1960

Our Lady of Beauraing Statues, 1960

Painting of Our Lady of Beauraing, circa 1962

Painting of Our Lady of Beauraing, circa 1962

Pilgrims at the Beauraing Shrine, circa 1960

Pilgrims at the Beauraing Shrine, circa 1960

Pilgrims in the Garden of Apparitions, 1960

Pilgrims in the Garden of Apparitions, 1960

Pilgrims in the Sisters' Garden, circa 1960

Pilgrims in the Sisters' Garden, circa 1960

Pilgrims on the Way to Mass in Beauraing, 1958

Pilgrims on the Way to Mass in Beauraing, 1958

Pilgrims on the Way to Mass in Beauraing, 1958

Pilgrims Praying at the Beauraing Shrine, circa 1960

Pilgrims with Beauraing Visionaries, 1963

Pilgrims with Beauraing Visionaries, 1963

Pilgrims with Bishop Collignon, 1966

Pilgrims with Bishop Collignon, 1966

Prelates and Priests, 1960

Prelates and Priests, 1960

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, 1960

Procession of the Blessed Sacrament, 1960

Pro Maria Committee, 1961

Pro Maria Committee, 1961

Pro Maria Committee Marian Shrine, 1956

Pro Maria Committee Marian Shrine, 1956

Pro Maria Committee Shrine, 1965

Pro Maria Committee Shrine, 1965

Pro-Maria Secretariat in Beauraing, 1950

Pro-Maria Secretariat in Beauraing, 1950

Religious on the Way to Mass, 1958

Religious on the Way to Mass, 1958

Reproduction of Our Lady of Beauraing Painting, circa 1960

Reproduction of Our Lady of Beauraing Painting, circa 1960

Residence of Andree Degeimbre, circa 1950

Residence of Andree Degeimbre, circa 1950

Sketch of Stained Glass Window of Our Lady of Beauraing, 1954

Sketch of Stained Glass Window of Our Lady of Beauraing, 1954

Statues at the Marian Museum in Beauraing

Statues at the Marian Museum in Beauraing

Statues at the Marian Museum in Beauraing, 1960

Statues at the Marian Museum in Beauraing, 1960

Ursula Belley Presents Chalice to the Rector of the Shrine, 1958

Ursula Belley Presents Chalice to the Rector of the Shrine, 1958

Visionaries During Mass, 1957

Visionaries During Mass, 1957

Visionaries During Mass at the Shrine, 1957

Visionaries During Mass at the Shrine, 1957

Votive Chapel Altar, 1950

Votive Chapel Altar, 1950

Artist with Painting of Our Lady of Beauraing, circa 1960 by Richard Belley

Artist with Painting of Our Lady of Beauraing, circa 1960

Stained Glass Window in the St. Joseph Shrine, 1964 by Richard Belley

Stained Glass Window in the St. Joseph Shrine, 1964

Chalice by Jacques Freres, 1958 by Jacques Freres

Chalice by Jacques Freres, 1958

Our Lady of Beauraing Holy Card, circa 1955 by Gérard Blanchart Brussels

Our Lady of Beauraing Holy Card, circa 1955

Albert Voisin Receiving Holy Communion, 1966

Albert Voisin Receiving Holy Communion, 1966

Father Maes with Father Debergh, July 13, 1966

Father Maes with Father Debergh, July 13, 1966

Andree and Her Daughter, 1965

Andree and Her Daughter, 1965

Fernande Voisin and Family, 1965

Fernande Voisin and Family, 1965

Site of the Apparitions, 1965

Site of the Apparitions, 1965

Albert Voisin and Group at St. John the Baptist Rectory, 1964

Albert Voisin and Group at St. John the Baptist Rectory, 1964

Albert Voisin, Fr. Debergh, Rev. Fillion, and Customs Officer at Airport, 1964

Albert Voisin, Fr. Debergh, Rev. Fillion, and Customs Officer at Airport, 1964

Albert Voisin in Boston with Fr. Fillion and Fr. Debergh, 1964

Albert Voisin in Boston with Fr. Fillion and Fr. Debergh, 1964

Albert Voisin with Maurice Grenier (donor of the window) standing beside the original tableau, 1964

Albert Voisin with Maurice Grenier (donor of the window) standing beside the original tableau, 1964

Albert Voisin with Pro Maria Committee, 1964

Albert Voisin with Pro Maria Committee, 1964

Albert Voisin with the Richard Belley family, 1964

Albert Voisin with the Richard Belley family, 1964

Father Joseph Aneuse in Lourdes, cured, 1964

Father Joseph Aneuse in Lourdes, cured, 1964

Rev. Joseph Debergh, O.M.I., Miss Doris M. Poisson, and Miss Ursula J. Belley in the second office of the Pro Maria Committee, 1964

Rev. Joseph Debergh, O.M.I., Miss Doris M. Poisson, and Miss Ursula J. Belley in the second office of the Pro Maria Committee, 1964

Stained glass window representing the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing with the five seers, 1964

Stained glass window representing the apparitions of Our Lady of Beauraing with the five seers, 1964

Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre

Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre

Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre leading evening rosary

Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre leading evening rosary

Andree and Gilberte Degeimbre leading evening rosary

Gilberte and her son Jacques

Gilberte and her sons

Gilberte and her sons

Gilberte Degeimbre family and Rev. J. Debergh, OMI

Gilberte Degeimbre family and Rev. J. Debergh, OMI

Rev. Joseph Martin Debergh, OMI, founder and first director of the Pro Maria Committee in the United States, 1962

Rev. Joseph Martin Debergh, OMI, founder and first director of the Pro Maria Committee in the United States, 1962

Mrs. Germaine Degeimbre, Andree, her husband and their three children

Mrs. Germaine Degeimbre, Andree, her husband and their three children

Voisin children and Doris M. Poisson, 1961

Voisin children and Doris M. Poisson, 1961

Canon Henry Massart, Rector of the Beauraing shrine, in front of the Votive Chapel, 1960

Canon Henry Massart, Rector of the Beauraing shrine, in front of the Votive Chapel, 1960

Children Praying in the Garden of Apparitions, circa 1960

Children Praying in the Garden of Apparitions, circa 1960

Father Gaston Maes, C.SS.R, 1960

Father Gaston Maes, C.SS.R, 1960

Father Gaston Maes with Gilberte Degeimbre and her two sons, 1960

Father Gaston Maes with Gilberte Degeimbre and her two sons, 1960

Garden of the Apparitions, circa 1960

Garden of the Apparitions, circa 1960

Gilberte and her sons, 1960

Gilberte and her sons, 1960

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11-Beauraing Belgium

by "Sister Anne" | Mar 25, 2016 | Approved

beauraing belgium apparitions

Our Lady appeared at Fatima in the middle of World War I. Her 1917 messages did not get approved by the Bishop of Portugal until 1930, and they would suffer further delay to the international world by the modernist Belgian Jesuit, Father Edouard Dhanis who is still touted as an expert because he published long articles expressing his doubts on various aspects of Mary’s messages. But Mary’s previous apparitions and her calls for penance, and the horrors of World War I, should have been a sufficient wake-up call to conversion. Instead, humanity reveled in new prosperity, new inventions and endless distractions. The 1920s brought dramatic social and political change and a dramatic break between America’s past and future. European countries had borrowed much money from the United States to fund World War I, and now Europe was paying back with interest. Our nation’s total wealth more than doubled that decade. For the first time, more Americans lived in cities than on farms. People bought automobiles, listened to jazz, danced the Charleston, the cake walk, the black bottom, and the flea hop. 100 million phonograph records sold in 1927. Immodest fashions were a serious problem. Many women used contraceptive devices. We were in moral decline.

God sent a new wake-up call: the Great Depression. It began in the United States with a collapse on the New York Stock Exchange in October 1929 but this quickly turned into a worldwide economic slump because of the close relationship between the United States and European economies which had been forged during and after World War I. The United States had emerged from the war as the major creditor and financier, but now the flow of American investment credits to Europe dried up, so prosperity began to collapse in Europe. International trade was reduced by almost by half. It was the longest and most severe depression ever experienced by the industrialized Western world, lasting all the way to 1939 which opened into something worse, exactly what Mary predicted: World War II. Millions of fathers and sons of families would no longer suffer from being out of work during the Great Depression because, they’d fall dead or wounded on battlefields.

The Unknown Light

On July 13th 1917, with a sad expression on her face, the Blessed Mother said to the children at Fatima,

You have seen hell where the souls of poor sinners go. To save them, God wishes to establish in the world devotion to my Immaculate Heart. If what I say to you is done, many souls will be saved and there will be peace. The war is going to end; but if people do not cease offending God, a worse one will break out during the pontificate of Pius XI. When you see a night illumined by an unknown light , know that this is the great sign given you by God that He is about to punish the world for its crimes, by means of war, famine, and persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father. To prevent this, I shall come to ask for the consecration of Russia to my Immaculate Heart, and the Communion of Reparation on the First Saturdays. If my requests are heeded, Russia will be converted, and there will be peace; if not, she will spread her errors throughout the world, causing wars and persecutions of the Church. The good will be martyred, the Holy Father will have much to suffer, various nations will be annihilated. In the end, my Immaculate Heart will triumph. The Holy Father will consecrate Russia to me and she will be converted, and a period of peace will be granted to the world.

Did the unknown light come before World War II? During the evening and night of January 25, 1938 when the Church commemorates Christ’s calling of Paul to conversion, a most extraordinary Aurora Borealis startled witnesses in most countries of Europe, the United Kingdom, Finland, Scandinavia, the United States, Canada and even as far south as North Africa and the Balkans. Such intensity in those latitudes was beyond exceptional. This kind of light had not been “known” before in living memory. If one comes across a random remark that such colors and intensity had not been reported in fifty years, these would have been isolated local reports. An aurora described in one place would not correspond in description to another place on the same night because the atmosphere is not uniform, hence it causes the lights to be experienced very differently. Northern Lights are the result of collisions between gaseous particles in the atmosphere.

Let’s cite some reports that were published in 1938 by the Bulletin of the Astronomical Society of France and Monthly Review of Astronomy, Meteorology and Globular Physics. The Society received notices all through the night:

In the streets there is panic. “Paris is on fire!” In several villages of the province firemen are mobilized. An immense blood-red glow was extending over the sky. This remarkable aurora was the first ever observed from the station of Pic du Midi. It constitutes a rare phenomenon for this latitude. . .The first impression was of a gigantic conflagration. A French student aged ten: Yesterday evening there was a great red cloud; it was like a sheet of blood, then the cloud grew larger, forming great red threads, which kept going up, and below that, white threads, like lines of chalk. In Oise, France Monsieur Henri Blain at first believed that it was the grim reflection of a vast inferno . . . These red glows . . . were absolutely comparable to the very vivid reflections of a violent, nearby inferno. The intensity of this extraordinary celestial spectacle, its splendid brightness, its enormous extent, its extreme rarity at this intensity especially in our regions, and even more so in this season of the year, seemed worthy to us of being pointed out to the Society immediately. In Picardie France: The blazing sky was being reflected in our faces; my wife, who was admiring the phenomenon at my side, appeared to me in a red reflection which seemed to me unreal. At a quarter to eight, the red glow reached its maximum intensity, almost the whole sky seemed to be on fire. A second drapery was quickly lit up, its luminosity was such that I could tell the time on my watch. The spectacle was extraordinary. A [neighbor] believed very seriously that it was announcing the end of the world! The cocks began crowing as though it were sunrise! A witness from Vaucluse was surprised to notice a great red sheet in the sky. For a moment it resembled a fire to me somewhere in the surrounding area, whose glowing light was reflected in the clouds. In North Africa this Aurora Borealis was so intense that an admiral whose ships were cruising near the coast ordered a destroyer to turn towards the left, towards the northwest, for he too believed that a fire was in the distance. Another witness reports: This aurora was visible in almost all of Tunisia. It is a very rare phenomenon in our region since a similar one has not been recorded since 1891. In Tunisia: It looked like a vast red or rose colored glow, more or less streaked with white… The natives, who were very frightened, saw in it a warning of the divine wrath; the Europeans believed it was a huge, distant fire. The descriptions coming from various points . . . reveals that the phenomenon had an astonishing uniformity: the sky turning red, a large reddish band which at first resembled a fire . . . the blazing sky . . . a general blaze in the sky,the color of a red brick, etc. The phenomenon was visible in all of North Africa. In Italy: A phenomenon extremely rare in our country . . . a phenomenon very rare over here, which nobody can remember having seen in fifty years. At Lisbon and in all Portugal . . . almost all the spectators believed that the sky was being lighted up by an enormous fire; and I myself believed the same thing at first. The apparition lasted almost two hours, from ten o’clock until midnight . . . Its color was a more or less intense red. In the United States: This aurora was spectacular . . . Early in the evening my attention was drawn to the east by an enormous conflagration. Over a wide area the sky was alight with a red glow and I believed at first that a great fire was devouring Hampton Beach. The aurora was also observed in Canada. The astronomer, Carl Stromer, reports that one of his correspondents in Norway, at the station of Njuke Mountain (Tuddal), signaled to him that he had heard noises while the aurora was at its height and the sky seemed to be an ocean of flames . . . The observer and his assistant heard a curious sound coming from above them . . . which lasted about ten minutes, rose to a maximum and then vanished, following the fluctuations of the aurora’s intensity. This sound, which resembled the crackle of burning grass, was perceived in the same region, in the Tuddal valley, by Mr. Oysteim Reisjaa. Everything was perfectly calm on the mountain, and nothing could explain the production of this noise, neither the wind, which was not blowing, nor the telegraph lines, nor motors. Above the observatories, from all sides, there was not a murmur in the forest [http://www.abovetopsecret.com/forum/thread393126/pg1, and other sites].

Six weeks after the “unknown light”

— March 12–Hitler accompanied German troops to occupy Austria.

— All summer Hitler makes demands to claim Czechoslavakia for Germany

— October 16–Winston Churchill calls upon America and western Europe to prepare for armed resistance against Hitler.

— October–The Imperial Japanese Army largely overruns Canton.

— November 9–Kristallnacht: In Germany, the “night of broken glass” begins as Nazi activists and sympathizers loot and burn Jewish businesses. That night 7,500 Jewish businesses destroyed, 267 synagogues burned, 91 Jews killed and at least 25,000 Jewish men arrested.

Officially World War II began September 3rd 1939, when France and Britain declared war on Germany because Hitler had invaded Poland, but Hitler could not have invaded Poland unless he had first set up the chessboard during 1938.

But we are not yet in 1938. It’s 1932. Mary sees what’s coming so She tries once again to prevent the annihilation of nations by asking for prayer, sacrifice and consecration to her Immaculate Heart. Now, fifteen years after she visited Catholic Portugal, She’s on her way to Catholic Belgium to comfort her children who are suffering a dreary and anxious life in the Great Depression.

I intend to upload a PDF of an old book that’s now in public domain. But for this morning’s condensed version of Mary’s apparition at Beauraing I’ll base my account once again on the excellent researcher, Marc Conza who published his version in the Garabandal Journal, Jan-Feb 2011.

Beauraing was, and continues to be, a humble village in southeast Belgium, four miles from the French border. During the time of the apparitions of Our Lady, the population numbered around 2,000. Beauraing was far from a model of the Catholic Faith at this period. French-speaking Belgium suffered the malaise of indifference toward Catholicism thanks to the rise of Communism, Fascism and Nazism. The Marxist and anti-Catholic Labor Party, carried the vote in many elections. The errors prophesied by Our Lady at Fatima, Portugal in 1917 were well on their way to being fulfilled. In Belgium few people had heard any news of the Fatima apparitions, so the Immaculate Heart would come to them. On the Advent Tuesday evening of November 29, 1932, eleven year-old Albert Voisin and fifteen-year-old Fernande Voisin left their house as usual to pick up their sister Gilberte, thirteen, at the parochial school run by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine. On the way, they stopped at the Degeimbre home so that fourteen year-old Andrew and nine-year-old Gilberte could join them in the walk. The two Gilbertes were always distinguished as “Big Gilberte” and “Little Gilberte.” Andrew, Albert and Fernande attended a state school, but the Big and Little Gilbertes attended a parochial school, which they called the Academy. On the way to the Academy, Albert went about ringing doorbells and then running and hiding with the others to watch the unsuspecting tenants answer their doors to discover nobody was there. The children would then have a good laugh, and continue on to their next target. There were five victims of this prank on this particular night before the mischievous group reached the Sisters’ convent and Academy. They had to pass before a small grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes near a railroad viaduct before reaching the convent. As they waited for the Sister portress to answer the doorbell, Albert turned and looked toward the viaduct, where he saw the luminous figure of a Woman walking in the air above the railroad tracks. “Look!” he cried out to the others, “The Blessed Virgin, dressed in white, is walking above the bridge!” The other three girls, thinking Albert was up to his usual tricks, paid him no mind and continued to stare at the door, waiting for it to open. When they caught his expression, one said It’s only the light of an automobile, silly” but, feeling curious, the girls glanced over and also saw the Lady, and so clearly, that the movement of her knees beneath her gown could be discerned. A small, bright cloud hid her feet from view. Frightened, the four children began to beat on the door until it was finally answered by Sister Valeria, who, not noticing their excitement, went to get Big Gilberte. Returning to the door, Sister Valeria was told about the apparition but she could see nothing. Big Gilberte Voisin, unaware of what was happening, arrived at the door and cried out that she saw a lady. Feeling afraid, all five children ran all the way to the Degeimbre house. Germain Degeimbre was a widow, a kind woman but not practicing her Catholic Faith. She and her 17 year old daughter Jeanne scoffed. Actually, Jeanne was to become bitterly envious of her two younger sisters who could see Mary. Germain indulged in calumny and disdain for the apparitions. “You two girls think you see the Virgin? Now if I had seen her, that would be different. But you two! You’re not good enough.” She turned to the three Voison children, saying, “Now listen to me, you kids. Don’t tell any of this foolishness to your parents.” Germaine sent her girls off to bed, while the three Voisin children went home and told their parents everything. Their parents, Hector and Marie, were ardent members of the Socialist Party. Hector, employed by the railroad, had opened a little shop with his wife on the main street to try to supplement their poor income. They hadn’t been to Mass in years. Would Mary appear to their children? The children would encounter great opposition from all sides, including the village priest. No one was helping them discern these events, but rather, they were being mocked or accused of being liars. The hate and accusations that they faced was immediate and strong. The nuns at the convent kept their distance, not wanting to be ridiculed for this foolishness. The children will be put under enormous pressure due to the never-ending flow of questions by everybody from doctors to government officials to ecclesiastical authorities. The next night, when the children arrived at the school with great trepidation, none of them saw anything until big Gilberte came out of the convent and walked with them toward the street. As they passed the Lourdes grotto, the Lady suddenly appeared above the viaduct again. The children hurried home and repeated the story. While the Voisins still didn’t believe it, Mrs. Degeimbre thought a prankster might be involved, and accompanied them to the school the following night, armed with a big sturdy stick, and joined by a group of friends. While they were still in the street, with the Academy in view, the four children cried out that the Lady was standing on the central walk in the convent garden; then She disappeared. The adults saw nothing. While the four children went to the door to meet Big Gilberte, Mrs. Degeimbre and her friends began to beat the garden bushes to flush out the perpetrator of this joke. Hardly had Big Gilberte come outside when she and the other four saw the Lady appear halfway between the school and the Lourdes grotto. Her hands were joined and her eyes were raised heavenward, as if in prayer. Then the Lady lowered her gaze to look at the five children, gave them a beautiful smile, and disappeared. Once again seeing nothing, the adults went about in a frenzy trying to catch whoever was scaring the children, but there was no one to catch. When the party reached the gate opening onto the street, the Lady appeared to the children again, then disappeared. Emotionally overwhelmed by the beauty of the apparition, Little Gilberte had to be taken home. While Big Gilberte stayed with her, the other three children returned to the convent with Mrs. Degeimbre. This time, Mr. and Mrs. Voisin joined the group, believing now that the children weren’t lying, and also agreeing with Mrs. Degeimbre that someone was playing tricks on them. Before Fernande, Andrew, and Albert reached the gate, they cried out, “There she is!” and in unison fell to their knees as though they were struck down. Simultaneously, the three seers uttered the Hail Mary, but their voices were very high pitched, completely different from their regular speaking voices. They were all facing a Hawthorne tree inside the garden, about ten feet from the enclosing fence, and to the left of the center walk. They said the Lady was appearing beneath an arched branch of this tree. This sixth apparition would set the pattern for the rest of Our Lady’s appearances here; henceforth, She would always appear in this spot under the Hawthorne tree. The children described Our Lady as being a young girl of about eighteen to twenty years of age, and extraordinarily beautiful. Her eyes were a deep blue, and she had a ravishing smile. She wore a heavily-pleated white dress without a belt that fell into the cloud at her feet. The dress fitted around the neck, and had long open sleeves that came to her wrists. The dress reflected a bluish light in a diagonal pattern from the Lady’s upper left side down past her right knee, as well as in the pleats at the bottom. She wore a white veil on her head that fell in folds just past her waist. Pencil-thin rays of light were arrayed around the top of her head like a crown. Throughout the apparition her hands were joined in prayer until the very end, when She opened them and disappeared. The parents went to see Father Leon Lambert, the parish priest of Beauraing. He did not give an opinion about the matter, but advised them to keep silent about the children’s claims and to see what happened next. Too late. The search party that had helped earlier that evening already started spreading the news. A small crowd was waiting for the children the next evening, December 2nd, when they arrived at the convent. This time, Mother Theophile, the Superioress, let Big Gilberte Voisin, then locked the iron gate so no one could enter. She also placed two ferocious dogs in the yard to scare away any intruders. This did not stop Our Lady, however, who appeared to the children as soon as they reached the street. At the moment of the appearance, all five visionaries were thrown to their knees on the cobblestones with great force, and simultaneously began praying the Hail Mary in the unusual high-pitched voices. “Are you the Immaculate Virgin?” eleven year-old Albert stopped to ask at one point. The Lady’s smile broadened and she nodded. “What do you want?” he pressed. The Lady answered in a beautiful voice: “Always be good.” Then She disappeared. The children stood up, and were quickly hounded with questions from the onlookers. Moments later they were thrown to their knees again facing the Hawthorne and praying the Hail Mary. The Lady had returned. Without speaking, She disappeared. Before the children could leave again, She suddenly appeared for the third time that evening, bringing the children once again to their knees. “Is it true you will always be good?” She asked them. “Yes!” fourteen year-old Andrew Degeimbre cried out, “We will always be good!” When the apparition ended, the children loitered awhile, hoping the apparition would return again, but after awhile their parents took them home, and the small crowd dispersed. On Saturday, December 3, the children did not come to the convent in obedience to Mother Theophile, and thus there was no apparition. When the Mother Superior went to lock the gate at dusk, a crowd of about 150 people were gathered in the street. “You are wasting your time here:’ Mother Theophile told them. “There is nothing to see.” “This Sister is a Socialist!” a man in the crowd exclaimed. “She believes less in this business than we do!” Although Mother Theophile did not reply to this, the remark must have hit home because the next evening, December 4, she allowed the children to return, although she still locked the gate at dusk. Our Lady appeared under the Hawthorne as was now her custom, and as usually the children fell hard to their knees and the high-pitched voices signaled the arrival of the Virgin. Our Lady did not speak on this occasion, and merely broadened her smile when Albert asked her to cure a ten year-old girl of Beauraing named Paulette Dereppe, who suffered from an irreversible bone disease that had ruined the family financially. After the vision, Albert assured Paulette and her parents that Paulette would be cured, “because the Virgin smiled so sweetly when I asked her to.” Putting all their faith in God, the Dereppes discontinued the expensive medical treatments and began giving Paulette a tea to drink made from the leaves of the Hawthorne tree. Although at first there was no change in her condition, Paulette was indeed cured shortly afterward. On December 5, the children were separated so that they could not see each other when they arrived at the convent. At the exact same moment, however, each child plunged to their knees and began praying the high-pitched Hail Marys. The thud of their knees hitting the cobblestones frightened the onlookers, and although the stockings of the girls were afterwards found to be torn, none of their knees were marked. Fernande would later describe how at times she consciously made an effort to resist this force and kneel down slowly, but she was powerless against it. On this evening Albert asked Our Lady to work “as many miracles as you can” to prove she was the Blessed Virgin. Our Lady smiled, but did not answer. Albert asked the question again, but She remained silent. When the apparition finished, the children had hardly gotten to their feet when Our Lady appeared again. After only one Hail Mary, she disappeared. It was discovered later that an attorney in the crowd who had come to believe in the apparitions and wanted to study them, had privately wished to test if the children would fall to their knees again in complete synchronization, if they were not expecting an apparition this time. Obviously, the man wasn’t disappointed. On December 6, Our Lady appeared as before but with a rosary hanging from her right arm. The crucifix wasn’t visible, being hidden in the folds of her dress. When the children reported this to Father Lambert, who was present with them, the priest suggested they pray the Rosary. When they finished doing so, the apparition concluded. At one point, however, Albert had asked the Virgin if there was a special day She would like them to come. She answered: “The Feast of the Immaculate Conception.” Earlier in the month the mothers of the visionaries, Germaine Degeimbre and Marie Louise Voison, had asked the parish to offer a Mass to be said to Our Lady, for the intention that if what their children were experiencing was not from the Lord, Mary would put an end to it. The day chosen for the Mass was December 8, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. That day, Marie Louise Voison received Holy Communion for the first time in ten years. The Voison’s little shop had became the target of curiosity seekers, preventing customers from coming in. Husband Hector became the laughing stock of the Socialist Party Club. But through these sufferings, Hector received the grace of conversion; he too received the sacraments and became a staunch supporter of the apparitions and the children. After the apparition on December 7, the children were taken to the convent and separately questioned before they could have a chance to speak to one another about what had transpired. At the end of the interrogation, all five stories were found to match completely. This would be the scenario from now on after each apparition. Although a miracle had never been announced, a throng of about 15,000 people packed the street in front of the convent expecting to see a miracle on December 8, the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. To add to the chaos a series of people were also experiencing apparitions in different places on December 8 while the children were waiting for Our Lady to come. The devil wanted to distract, divide, and conquer. He does this with many apparition sites. When Bernadette began seeing Mary, fifty reports came from the countryside of young girls seeing visions in caves. The police were on hand to ensure crowd control, and a few paced the grounds inside the gate to prevent entrance. The children arrived about six o’clock in the evening accompanied by their parents and four doctors. The apparition began as usual, and the children prodded the Virgin with questions, but She didn’t answer anything. As they prayed the Rosary, Little Gilberte began to cry. When one of the doctors asked her why she was crying, she answered: “Because she is so beautiful.” Shortly afterward, when asked another question, the girl didn’t answer; in fact she didn’t even seem to hear. It quickly became apparent to the doctors that none of the children seemed to be aware of any outside stimuli anymore. They performed various experiments to try to get the visionaries to respond, and in the case of Big Gilberte, a match was held against her hand, allowing the flame to flicker across her skin until the match had almost completely burned down. She had no reaction whatsoever, and her hand was smooth and flawless where there should have been a first-degree burn. The Virgin disappeared when the children finished the Rosary, and the seers returned to normal. The crowd was highly disappointed that a miracle didn’t occur, but for Father Lambert and the doctors, they had the proof they needed. All five children had been rapt in a genuine ecstasy, and this was the one and only time such a thing ever happened at Beauraing. Four days later, our Lady returned, but spoke no words either this day or the next. Two days passed before the next apparition, and on this occasion the children were urged to ask what She wanted of them, but She didn’t answer. When they were told to ask her “on behalf of the clergy,” they repeated the question in this manner and were rewarded with the answer: “A chapel.” No apparition occurred on the eighteenth, and there was a brief, silent appearance on the nineteenth and twentieth. On the twenty-first, in answer to the request: “Tell us who you are,” the Lady had answered,
“I am the Immaculate Virgin.”
On the twenty-second, Our Lady appeared to the four girls, but not to Albert. The boy was in tears for the remainder of the night. He was likewise left out on the twenty-third, when the Virgin had told Fernande that she wanted people to make pilgrimages to Beauraing (the other girls did not hear her speak.) During the apparition on Christmas Eve, Albert was once again included in the vision. Our Lady was silent this time. No apparition took place on Christmas Day, or on the twenty-sixth. The apparition on the twenty-seventh was silent, and the only words spoken by Our Lady on the twenty-eighth were:
“My last appearance will take place soon.”
On December 29, 1932, shortly after 7:00 pm, Our Lady appeared to all five children, and as usual her hands were joined together in prayer in front of her until the end of the apparition when She opened her arms and disappeared. This time, however, Fernande–and only Fernande–saw a Heart of gold shining brilliantly in the center of her chest when the Virgin opened her arms. The girl was very upset that the other four had not seen it, because she was afraid she would be accused of making it up. But the next day, Friday, December 30, Fernande, Big Gilberte, and Andrew saw the Heart. Albert saw something shiny, but couldn’t tell what it was. Little Gilberte did not see the feature at all. During the apparition, Our Lady had said to Fernande:
“Pray. Pray very much.”
On New Years’ Eve two silent apparitions took place, but this time all five children saw the Golden Heart when Our Lady opened her arms at the end. On January 1st, 1933, Albert was again left out of the vision enjoyed by the four girls. When the Virgin looked at Fernande and began speaking to her, Fernande prayed loudly to drown out what Our Lady was saying, because she didn’t want to hear something the others couldn’t verify. Big Gilberte and Andrew had stopped praying when they saw Our Lady’s lips move, but Andrew didn’t hear the words spoken to Fernande. Big Gilberte had, however, and recounted that Our Lady had said:
“Pray always.”

Fernande regretted her actions as soon as the apparition was over, and vowed she would never do that again. The Golden Heart was seen again by all four girls this night.

12,000 people were on hand for the apparition on January 2nd.

Our Lady appeared to all five children at the beginning, but then Albert, Little Gilberte, and Andrew stopped seeing her while the apparition continued for the other two. Shortly after this, the vision ended for Fernande, and Big Gilberte remained with Our Lady the longest. On this day the Virgin had said: “Tomorrow I will say something to each of you.’ The Blessed Virgin was more resplendent than usual for what was to be her final appearance on January 3rd, 1933. When the apparition began, four seers fell to their knees, but Fernande remained standing; the girl could see nothing, and began to cry. Speaking to Little Gilberte first, Our Lady leaned forward and said: “This is between you and me and I ask you to speak of it to no one.” Then she gave the youngest seer a secret. When she was finished, Our Lady said “ Adieu ” instead of the usual “ Au revoir. ” The child burst into tears. Turning to Big Gilberte, Our Lady said: “I will convert sinners.” A personal secret followed, concluding with the dreaded word: “Adieu.” Albert’s secret and farewell was next. To Andrew, the Virgin proclaimed: “I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always. Adieu.” The Virgin then opened her arms to reveal her Golden Heart for the final time to the four of them, and disappeared.
Although the crowd began dispersing, and the other children were taken to the convent for questioning, fifteen-year-old Fernande remained behind, sobbing with grief at not having seen Our Lady. She refused to leave, however, because Our Lady had promised to say something to each of them today, and she had not had her turn. Suddenly there was a loud clap of thunder and a fireball burst before the Hawthorne tree, an event witnessed not only by Fernande, but also by those pilgrims who were still there. The girl was struck to her knees as the fireball dissolved and Our Lady stood in its place. The pilgrims, however, could not see the apparition.
“Do you love my Son?” the Virgin asked Fernande, holding her gaze. “Yes!” Fernande exclaimed from the depths of her being. “Do you love me?” Our Lady continued. “Yes!” the girl cried out. “Then sacrifice yourself for me. Adieu.”

Smiling beautifully, Our Lady opened her arms to reveal her Golden Heart and disappeared. Fernande collapsed to the ground and sobbed heavily into the cobblestones before someone lifted her up and carried her inside the convent to join the others for interrogation.

The Beauraing apparitions caused a sensation in Europe, and two million pilgrims journeyed there by the end of 1933. Many cures and spiritual conversions were effected, and most notably, the parents of the seers returned to the devout practice of the Catholic Faith. In 1935 the Bishop of Namur officially opened an investigation into the events, and on July 2, 1949, his successor published a decree declaring the apparitions to be worthy of belief. On August 21, 1954, the chapel requested by Our Lady was consecrated. All five visionaries, shunning the spotlight, married and started families of their own. Today, all have passed on.

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Introduction

The Notre-Dame de Beauraing sanctuary (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium), also known as the sanctuary of the Virgin with the Golden Heart, is a Catholic religious building in the neo-Romanesque style which is the Marian sanctuary built after the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to five children, between 1932 and 1933, in the small town of Beauraing, in Belgium.

The construction of the first chapel of this Marian sanctuary began in 1947, shortly before the official recognition of the apparitions by Mgr Charue, Bishop of Namur. This chapel was consecrated in 1954. Other places of worship were built in the following years (the crypt, the upper church), the site was gradually developed, nearby buildings were purchased by those responsible for the sanctuary to accommodate and house the pilgrims. The site extends and develops until the end of the 20th century. Then comes the time for renovations and maintenance operations related to the aging of the facilities.

On a pastoral visit to Belgium (1985), Pope John Paul II visited the shrine as a pilgrim and celebrated mass there. In 2013, the Sanctuary Church was elevated to the rank of a minor basilica by the Holy See.

Even if many activities and retreats are organized, for ten years, the frequentation of the sanctuary decreases from 150,000 to 85,000 pilgrims per year.

History of Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium

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The sanctuary (Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium) is made up of a set of buildings built gradually, or purchased and added to the whole. At the entrance is a neo-Romanesque building in limestone built from 1947 to 1954 by the architect Michel Claes. This is the first chapel built on the site. Beyond is a sloping esplanade dominated at the bottom by the “upper church”, itself built on the “great crypt”, and covered with a large concrete structure stepped on the slope of the ground.

“Hospitality” and “Reception” of the sanctuary are located in the former building of the Institute of the Sisters of Christian Doctrine. These buildings have been fitted out (and recently renovated) to accommodate groups of patients and carers from Belgium and abroad.

This carved stone building is the work of architect Michel Claes. Designed in a neo-Romanesque style, built in freestone, in limestone from the region, the architect wanted to include the Marian message in the construction and the symbolism of the elements.

  • The three keystones of the windows of the apse evoke the Trinity and the last day of the apparitions, the January 3, 1933
  • The five openings towards the place of the apparitions symbolize the five children, who can be found in the lodge of the seers, where the two openings represent the two Degeimbre sisters and the three lobes the three Voisin children.
  • The whole is surmounted by a rosette stylizing a hawthorn flower (shrub near which the Virgin appeared)
  • The seven keystones surmounting the pulpit of truth call upon the preacher the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit
  • The seven grooves – sources of life flowing under the stained glass window of the Virgin – represent the sacraments
  • The fifteen stones surmounting the openings of the bell tower of the penitentiary are an echo of the mysteries of the Rosary quoted during the daily rosary.
  • The seventeen keystones of the entrance arcade remind us that it is a December 17 th that the Virgin asked for a chapel
  • The twenty-one triangles surmounting the Marian window commemorate the day in December when the Virgin manifested herself as the “Immaculate Virgin”.

This symbolism of numbers, omnipresent in architectural elements, is combined with perfect technical mastery. Thus the entrance is asymmetrical: on the left, five pillars surmounted by five arches which gradually merge into one evoke the voices of the five children who united when the Virgin appeared. But this asymmetrical entrance is also designed in this way to facilitate a faster exit for pilgrims on busy days. The architect drew each element stone by stone, making hundreds of plans, thousands of drawings and zinc templates for use by stonemasons.

If the building is rich in religious symbols, today it is poorly suited to celebrations according to the Vatican Council II. But it promotes the adoration that is possible there every day, because the thick walls of the building, evoking the strength of the mother of Christ, insulate from noise and the outside world, and promote meditation.

Recently, major works have been carried out in this chapel.

Architecture of Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium

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Architectural Styles: Contemporary Architecture, Romanesque Revival Architecture.

Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium – The construction of the first chapel follows a request made by the Virgin on December 17, 1932 to seers. It was only after the recognition of the cult in 1943, then the end of the Second World War that the construction work of the “Votive Chapel” could be undertaken. This work began in 1947 and was completed in 1954. The chapel was blessed on the 21st and August 22, 1954by Bishop Charles-Marie Himmer, Bishop of Tournai (and former vicar of Beauraing).

This first chapel is built of limestone from the region. It is the work of the architect Michel Claes (Namur, 1913 – Beauraing, 1995). Fascinated by Romanesque architecture and the harmony of proportions based on the golden ratio, Michel Claes (former assistant to Henry Lacoste, with whom he had carried out a first project for the Beauraing sanctuary) carefully read and annotated all the works relating to the apparitions in order to inscribe the Marian message in the construction.

The garden of the apparitions is the object of multiple developments. A statue, the work of Aurélien Pierroux (the secretary of the Pro Maria committee) replaced, in 1946, the representations previously put in place.

In 1946, the work “Pro Maria” (manager of the sanctuary) acquired half of the former property of the Dukes of Ossuna, for 8,250,000 Belgian francs. This acquisition includes Château and a 33 ha park. As part of the sanctuary’s activities, the “Castel-Sainte-Marie” association organizes retreats there for adults and for groups of young people, as well as various meetings.

When the Sisters of Christian Doctrine left their buildings to settle near rue de Rochefort (around 1950), they freed up the school buildings which were taken over by the Sanctuary to organize a reception of the sick.

In 1953, a carillon was placed at the top of the Hainaut tower. The carillon was made thanks to the generosity and skill of Abbé Molitor: twenty-nine bells cast by the Michiels foundry in Tournai. They are blessed by Mgr Martin, Archbishop of Rouen and Mgr André-Marie Charue, Bishop of Namur.

The “Saint-Jean crypt” is built near the chapel, and a podium is built above this place of worship.

The upper church is built from 1964 to 1968, and it is consecrated to the Mother of God. This large concrete building is built on the hill according to the plans of the architect Roger Bastin (and G. Van Oost, collaborator).

The year 2007 was marked by major restoration work on Castel-Sainte-Marie and the Charles-Quint tower.

In 2020, flaws in the concrete of the podium, located above the Saint-Jean crypt, and sealing problems were detected. An engineer commissioned to study finds that the structure is damaged, “the ceiling is in very poor condition”. Having become dangerous, access to the crypt is closed, pending work.

Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium Apparitions

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Our Lady of Beauraing (also known as the Virgin of the Golden Heart) is the title of 33 Marian apparitions reported in Beauraing, Belgium, between November 1932 and January 1933 by five children whose ages ranged between 9 and 15. For several years after the apparitions, pilgrims flocked to the small town of Beauraing, province of Namur (Belgium), and many cures were claimed. She is celebrated under this title on 29 November.

The young people who claimed to have seen the apparitions were Fernande (15), Gilberte (13), and Albert (11), children of Hector and Marie-Louise Perpète Voisin. Hector Voisin was a railway clerk. With them were Andrée (14) and Gilberte (9) Degeimbre, daughters of Degeimbre, a farmer’s widow.

On the evening of 29 November 1932, four of the children walked to a school conducted by the Sisters of Christian Doctrine to meet Gilberte Voisin and walk home with her. When they reached the school, Albert pointed out a lady dressed in a long white robe, walking in the air over a railroad viaduct just past the school. The other children reported seeing her as well. Over the next several weeks, they saw the lady thirty-two more times, generally in the garden of the convent-school. The final apparition was on 3 January 1933.

The children reported that the lady requested that a chapel be built at the site and stated that “I am the Immaculate Virgin”. She also desired for pilgrims to come to the site and asked the children (and everyone) to “pray, pray, pray” and, in one of the last visions, revealed her “Golden Heart”.

In the final vision, the Lady reportedly asked one of the children, Fernande, “Do you love My Son?” and she replied, “Yes”. She then asked her “Do you love Me?” and Fernande again answered, “Yes”. The Lady then stated, “Then sacrifice yourself for me” and bade them farewell before the child could reply.

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The Messages

The Blessed Mother urged that people pray much, that a chapel be built, and that people come there in pilgrimage. During the last apparition on January 3, 1933, Our Lady stated: “I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of heaven.” She revealed her Golden Heart and asked one of the children to sacrifice for her. Twenty thousand persons were present that day.

Three times the Blessed Mother urged the children to pray. In her final apparition she spoke to Fernande Voisin: Do you love my Son? Do you love me? Then sacrifice yourself for me.

During one of the visions, separate physicians examined all 5 of the children while they were in ecstasy. A lighted match was even held under Gilberte’s hand, to which she did not respond. Afterwards, there was no burn mark on her hand and she had no knowledge of what had been done to her.

The apparitions were approved on July 2, 1949 by the Bishop of Namur. Also approved were “the miraculous nature of two cures obtained through the intercession of Our Lady of Beauraing, occurring in the months which followed the events at Beauraing, among many other cases of spiritual and temporal favors.”

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Ecclesiastical Review

Our Lady of Beauraing, Belgium – In 1935, the Bishop of Namur, Thomas-Louis Heylen, appointed an Episcopal Commission to investigate the events. The work continued under his successor, Bishop André-Marie Charue. On 2 February 1943, he published a decree authorizing public devotions to Our Lady of Beauraing.

The final approbation for the Marian apparition was granted in 1949 with the permission of the Holy Office.

In 1949 in Lowell, Massachusetts, the Pro Maria Committee was founded by Joseph Debergh, O.M.I. to disseminate the story of Our Lady’s thirty-three appearances in Beauraing. The committee created an archive of photographs of the history and activities relating to the apparitions, now housed at The Marian Library/International Marian Research Institute.

After the apparitions, the five children all grew up, married, and lived quiet lives with their families. Pope John Paul II visited Beauraing on 18 May 1985.

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The Garden of Apparitions

To the left of the entrance is “the enclosure of the Virgin of Hawthorn”. This place is a paved space of meditation, shaded by a few large trees. This space is delimited on two sides by an awning made of concrete veils (also made by de R. Bastin).

A redevelopment of the garden is under consideration (in 2020).

The Upper Church

Built from 1964 to 1968, the church was consecrated to “Mary Mother of God” in 1968. It is a large concrete building built on the hill according to the plans of the architect Roger Bastin and G. Van Oost (his collaborator). This building can accommodate up to 5,000 pilgrims. The whole is covered with a large stepped concrete structure, following the slope of the ground.

This building is built above “the great crypt” which supports this church. At the beginning of the 2000s, the restoration of the concrete, victims of a defect or an unknown disease at the time, cost the sanctuary one million euros.

The church is decorated with ceramic Stations of the Cross made by Max Van der Linden.

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The Saint-Jean crypt, also called the “Church of the Rosary”, can hold 700 people. It is located under the upper church. The crypt welcomes passing pilgrims every day, as well as celebrations in winter and the “recitation of the rosary”.

In the crypt is a relic of Saint John Paul II (who came to visit Beauraing in May 1985). This relic is placed in a tabernacle of the votive chapel.

In 2020, the discovery of cracks and leaks in the concrete forced the temporary closure of the crypt, in order to secure the site while waiting for the necessary work to be carried out. Props are even placed to prevent the 12-ton altar, placed on the podium just above the crypt, from falling.

A museum has been set up to allow “the safeguarding of the memories of the apparitions”. It opened its doors on May 1 st , 1951 in the premises of the current Salle de l’Amitié. It was then transferred in front of the church. Today, the museum adjoins the Pro Maria store, rue de l’Aubépine.

This museum contains more than 800 reproductions of statues of the “Virgin of Beauraing” from all countries.

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Feast Day – 22 nd August

Annual Feast of Our Lady of Beauraing on 22 nd August.

The feast day of Our Lady of Beauraing was placed on the liturgical calendar on August 22, which had been the feast day of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. It was later called The Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

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How to reach the Sanctuary

Brussels International Airport , Beauraing, Belgium is the nearby airport to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Beauraing.

Beauraing Train Station in Beauraing, Belgium is the nearby train station to the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Beauraing.

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Mary’s Message for Belgium: Beauraing and Banneux

With a heavy heart , I learned of the terrorist attacks in Brussels that occurred yesterday, March 22.  Belgium is a country that found a place in my heart after I visited that great nation in January 2015.  Among the reasons why I journeyed to Belgium is that lot of my research has focused on one particular Belgian woman named Adele Brise , who immigrated to the United States and then, in 1859, received three apparitions of the Queen of Heaven . I traced Adele’s footsteps in Belgium as I visited the places pertinent to her life, but I was also there to research an obscure devotion to Mary, as well as to better understand the Marian devotions of Belgium.

I had the opportunity to make a pilgrimage to the two great Marian shrines of Belgium, Beauraing and Banneux, where Mary had appeared in 1932 and 1933 respectively. In Mary’s apparitions at these two places she appeared to children and delivered very simple messages. Yet, these were profound messages that are not merely for those living in 1930’s Belgium and Mary’s words can still inspire people today. Mary gave a message to Belgium and now—in this time of mourning—it is time to revisit those messages.

Our Lady of Beauraing

In the village of Beauraing, Mary appeared thirty three times between November 29, 1932 and January 3, 1933 to the Degeimbre and Voisin children.  The messages Mary spoke to the children were to encourage them to be good and to also pray often.

Many have seen Beauraing as a continuation of Fatima for a few reasons. First, Mary appeared in Fatima during the World War I and Beauraing occurred several years before World War II.  So it was that during The Second World War, Beauraing was a sanctuary of prayer that many flocked to during that bloody conflict.  Secondly, Mary revealed her heart to the children, as a golden heart. During Mary’s apparitions at Fatima in 1917, she requested that the children pray the rosary for peace in the world and she also emphasized devotion to her Immaculate heart.

The message of Beauraing rings loud today for the Belgian people in the midst of secularism and terrorism.  Mary wanted people to pray often and always.  Surely, in light of the recent attacks, there are reasons to pray: for those who died; for those who were injured; for law enforcement and emergency personnel; for those who carried out the attacks, and for peace in the world. Speaking to Fernand, one of the children, Mary asked her, “Do you love my son? Do you love me? Well then, sacrifice yourself for me.” A good challenge for us in our own prayer is to make sacrifices so that the will of God may reign in our world and then His peace can rule in all of us. We can sacrifice ourselves most especially by fasting. It is those times when we pray and make sacrifices that we may see the fulfillment of the promise of Our Lady of Beauraing, declared to Gilberte Voisin: “I [Mary] will convert sinners.”

Conversion is at the heart of every apparition of Mary and our society needs conversion. The very hearts of terrorists need conversion so they will not take innocent life. We also need conversion to turn to God and to be persistent in our prayer.

One of the descriptions given about Our Lady of Beauraing stated that she smiled often during her apparition.  Mary wants to smile on us, her children, when we strive to “be good” and to pray often.  I can only imagine that the smile of Mary has turned to sadness over the secularization of Belgium and the recent terrorist attacks. Let us then renew our prayerful efforts  so that Mary can smile, once more, over the conversion of sinners.

Our Lady of Banneux

Nearly a fortnight following the conclusion of Mary’s apparitions in Beauraing, an eleven year old girl name Mariette Beco received eight visits from Mary beginning on January 15 and ending on March 2, 1933.  Due to the closeness in time of Beco’s claims and the end of the Beauraing apparitions, many thought Beco was making the apparitions up.  But these doubts would soon subside.  Just as Beauraing was seen as a continuation of Fatima, Banneux could be seen as a renewal of the message of Lourdes.  Mary appeared in similar dress as she did at Lourdes, with a blue sash, and dedicated a spring of water to healing.  Unlike Lourdes, the spring of water already existed, and was not ‘miraculously’ discovered.

Mary told Mariette that the spring was set apart for her (Mary), for all the nations, and for the sick.  Again, similar to Beauraing, Mary makes a bold claim in Banneux where she said, “I come to relieve the sick” and “I come to relieve suffering.”  Further, Mary told Mariette, “Have faith in me…I shall trust you…pray earnestly.”

The message of Banneux can console us in wake of what has happened in Belgium. The Belgian people are suffering right now in many ways. They are suffering from their decisions to contradict morality and a loss of faith but, even more so, they are presently suffering in the midst of turmoil and death caused by the recent attacks.  But Mary has come to relieve that suffering.  And it seems that the key to such relief would be doing what she asked Mariette to do: to pray earnestly and with endurance.

Mary’s message in Banneux is one of healing.  She wants people to experience this healing in their hearts.  Violence and strife causes wounds, such as anger and hatred, to fester within but Mary wants us to experience a great healing of these afflictions.  She wants us to have faith that all of this will pass, and God’s healing and peace will reign in our time.

Praying for Conversion and Peace

Our society has turned away from God in many ways. We mock the laws of God and give license to sin.  Now is the time for us to turn ourselves back to God.  Over and over again, Mary asks her children for conversion. Yes, that means the conversion of those who perform such hateful acts as we witnessed in the new reports, but it also means our conversion.  There is an absence of peace in our world and in our hearts.  In these tumultuous times, it behooves us to listen to what Mary said back in 1932 and 1933 to six children. Even in Belgium, Mary’s words of motherly concern never grow old.

Pray for peace in the world.  Pray for the conversion of sinners.  Pray for healing.  The best way to do this, if you ask me, is to pray the rosary.  That’s what Mary asked in 1917 at Fatima and it seems to be a prayer which pleases God.

Mary, Mother of God, the Immaculate Virgin, Queen of Heaven, pray for our world.  Grant us, what we ask, the grace of conversion and healing.

Our Lady of Beauraing, Pray for Belgium. Pray for us.

Our Lady of Banneux, Pray for Belgium. Pray for us.

image:  Madonna de Banneux by Dries Declercq / Wikimedia Commons

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Fr. Edward Looney was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Green Bay in June 2015, and is an internationally recognized Marian theologian, writer, speaker, and radio personality. Author of the best-selling books, A Lenten Journey with Mother Mary ,  A Heart Like Mary’s  and  A Rosary Litany , he has also written a prayer book for the only American-approved Marian apparition received by Adele Brise in 1859 in Champion, Wisconsin. He currently serves as Administrator of two rural Wisconsin parishes. You can follow him on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram at the handle @FrEdwardLooney.

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Belgium, Beauraing: The Site of the Beauraing Apparitions

The Catholic faith has a rich history of apparitions, visions of the Virgin Mary or other heavenly beings appearing to the faithful. These events are often subject to rigorous investigation by the Church before they’re formally acknowledged. Beauraing, a small town in Belgium, is one such recognized site where apparitions of the Virgin Mary were reported. This article aims to unveil some interesting facts about Beauraing, its apparitions, and the theological, historical, and cultural impact of these occurrences.

Fact 1: The Apparitions Took Place in the Early 1930s

Historical context.

The Beauraing apparitions occurred between November 29, 1932, and January 3, 1933. Five children claimed to have witnessed the Virgin Mary at the grotto near their school. Interestingly, this period was marked by political instability and economic turmoil, a consequence of the Great Depression. The timing has been considered significant in the sense that Mary’s appearance brought hope to a weary population.

Fact 2: Five Children Were the Witnesses

Significance of youthful witnesses.

In Beauraing, the Virgin Mary appeared to five children: Fernande Voisin (15), Andree Degeimbre (14), Gilberte Degeimbre (9), and Albert and Gilberte Voisin (11 and 13, respectively). The Catholic Church has a long-standing tradition of young seers, often children, being chosen as witnesses to apparitions. For example, the Fatima apparitions in Portugal also featured children as seers. Jesus himself said, “Let the children come to me; do not prevent them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Mark 10:14).

Fact 3: The Messages Were Simple but Profound

Theological relevance.

During the apparitions, the Virgin Mary spoke simple but profound messages to the children. These messages generally emphasized prayer, faith, and devotion to God. These themes echo the core teachings of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, particularly its section on prayer (Part Four: Christian Prayer). The Catechism states, “Prayer is the raising of one’s mind and heart to God or the requesting of good things from God” (CCC 2559). The simplicity and profundity of the messages underscore the universal call to prayer and devotion.

Fact 4: The Apparition Was Associated with a Golden Heart

Symbolism and significance.

The apparition in Beauraing was often depicted with a heart of gold. Mary reportedly said, “I will convert sinners. I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always.” The golden heart is a significant symbol in Catholic iconography, representing divine love and mercy. The heart is also connected to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary, two devotions that are rooted in Catholic tradition and theology.

Fact 5: The Church Was Cautious Before Approving the Apparitions

Process of approval.

The Catholic Church subjects reports of apparitions to rigorous examination. A series of investigations were conducted on the Beauraing apparitions, which included interviews with the children, medical and psychological tests, and consultations with theologians. The final approval was granted by the Vatican in 1949, about 17 years after the initial apparition.

Fact 6: The Beauraing Shrine is a Site of Pilgrimage

Cultural and spiritual significance.

After the official approval, a shrine was erected at the site of the apparitions, and it has become a pilgrimage site for Catholics worldwide. Pilgrimages are an essential aspect of Catholic spirituality, rooted in the concept of journeying toward greater closeness with God. The practice is so significant that the Catechism devotes attention to it, stating: “Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven” (CCC 1674).

Fact 7: Associated Miracles and Healings

Impact on faith and devotion.

Many miracles and healings have been reported at the Beauraing shrine, although not all have undergone formal Church investigation. These reported miracles serve as a testament to the enduring power of faith and the role of Marian devotion in the Catholic tradition. “For nothing will be impossible for God,” as stated in Luke 1:37.

Fact 8: Local Customs and Practices

Regional devotion vs. universal church teaching.

While the apparition at Beauraing and the messages conveyed are consistent with universal Church teachings, the specific customs and practices surrounding devotion to Our Lady of Beauraing can vary and may be more localized. For example, certain prayers or devotional activities may be specific to the Beauraing shrine.

The Beauraing apparitions serve as a unique intersection of history, theology, and culture within the Catholic Church. From the initial appearances in a time of societal hardship to the Church’s thoughtful process of approval, each aspect of this event invites contemplation on the broader narrative of faith and devotion in Catholicism. Whether you’re a believer or a curious observer, the site and story of the Beauraing apparitions offer a rich tapestry of insights into the Catholic faith.

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Divine Mysteries and Miracles

Divine Mysteries and Miracles

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The Virgin with the Golden Heart, Beauraing, Belgium, 1932-1933

“The Virgin with the Golden Heart” BEAURAING, BELGIUM  (1932-1933) 

On the evening of November 29, 1932, Albert Voisin (11) and sister Fernande Voisin (15) met up with their best friends, Gilberte (9) and Andree (14) Degeimbre to walk to the convent academy to meet Albert’s sister, Gilberte Voisin (13), who was staying late to study until 6:30 p.m.  They entered the grounds and passed a small Lourdes grotto in front of the railway embankment that skirted the convent garden.  Albert saw her first and said that he saw the Virgin Mary, dressed in white, walking above the railroad bridge.  The children scoffed and ignored him until they saw her too — just as he had described.  The girls looked and could see the luminous figure of a lady dressed in white, walking in mid-air, her feet hidden by a little cloud.  Now they were pounding on the convent door, but the irritated nun, Sister Valeria, could not see anything in the sky.  When Albert’s sister came to the doorway, she immediately saw the glowing lady also.  They raced to their homes fearfully, but no adults would believe their incredible story, and they were sent to bed in disgrace for such lies.  Sister Valeria reported the incident to Mother Superior Theophile, who scolded her for such nonsense.

The next night it happened again, but this time they were delighted to see her — yet still nobody believed them.  Adults began to suspect tricksters perpetrating a hoax, so at least six adults trailed the children on the third night in a protective and investigative manner.  The five children shrieked with delight when they saw her —even closer this time where they could see her beautiful features in greater detail.  Her feet were hidden by a little cloud as she floated only a couple feet above the ground in front of them.  She was dressed in a glowing white gown, hands joined in prayer, blue eyes raised toward Heaven with rays of light surrounding her head.  But she reached outward with her arms and then disappeared.  The children ran to find the adults who had spread out to watch for pranksters.

Suddenly, the children were overwhelmed as Mary re-appeared near the shrubs of the convent entry gate.  But the adults could not see what all the children had reacted to.  One mother decided to return later that night with three of the older kids to investigate further.  The three dropped hard to their knees, simultaneously, on the cobble-stoned street, reciting the Hail Mary “as one voice” of a high pitch.  The mother was impressed that they seemed to be looking at the same exact yet invisible object.  As she approached where they were gazing, her own daughter cautioned her not to walk into Mary as it might offend or disrespect Mary.  The mother began to believe.

Mother Theophile addressed all the children severely in school and said that there would be “no talk of visions.”  On the next evening, Mother Theophile padlocked the convent’s garden gate and let dogs loose in the yard as a further disincentive to the curious.  But this did not deter the children or the curious adults.

On December 2, during the next vision, Albert asked if she was the Immaculate Virgin.  She nodded yes to the two girls.  When asked what she wanted from them, she replied, “Always be good.”  The adults heard the girls answer in unison as if one voice, “Yes, we will always be good.”  More visits continued with more people gathering to watch as word continued to spread quickly.

On Sunday, December 4, the children assembled at about 6:30 p.m. – this time bringing with them a little boy with polio and the blind uncle of the Degeimbre girls.  Again, they asked Mary if she was indeed the Blessed Virgin, to which she nodded yes.  They asked her to heal the two sick people, but there was no obvious response.

On December 5, the children were being watched by a very large crowd when Albert asked the Virgin for some sign to convince the adults that the visions were authentic.  On the 6 th , Blessed Mary appeared with a Rosary, so the children immediately began to pray it.  She asked them to be present on the 8 th .

By December 8, on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, up to 15,000 were in attendance near the convent.  During this beautiful visitation only visible to the children, Dr. Maistriaux studied the children carefully — lighting a match under Gilberte’s hand, getting no response or burns.  Pinching, pin pricks, and shining bright lights never affected their eyes nor broke their concentration.  The local priest, Father Lambert, and the church authorities were taking a very cautious and prudent attitude, refusing to get involved.  The local bishop ordered his priests not to go to the site.

The apparitions did not occur every night, but the children assembled and prayed the Rosary anyway.  When she did appear, they would all drop to their knees in unison.  When questioned afterwards, separately, they stated that Mary told them that her last apparition would take place soon.

Nine thousand people showed up on December 29, hoping for some miracle.  On that evening, Fernande Voisin claimed to have seen the Virgin reveal a golden heart, radiating heavenly rays of light.  On December 30, Gilberte Voisin and Andree Degeimbre also witnessed the golden heart of Mary – along with Fernande, who heard Our Lady state, “Pray, pray very much.”  On the last day of 1932, all the children saw Mary’s golden heart.

On January 1, 1933, Blessed Mary spoke to Gilberte Voisin, asking her to “Pray ALWAYS!”

On January 2, Mary indicated that January 3 would be her last visit, but that she would speak to each of them separately.

By January 3, some 35,000 people had traveled to the tiny site, clogging roads by mid-day.  Ninety doctors had applied for special reserved sites to study the children.  After two decades of the Rosary, four of the five children dropped to their knees in unison, leaving Fernande, the oldest in tears because she could not see anything.  The four children received private personal messages from Mary that night.  Mary explained to Gilberte Voisin that the main promise of Beauraing is, “I will convert sinners.”  To Andree, Mary said, “I am the Mother of God, the Queen of Heaven. Pray always.”

Fernande Voisin was heartbroken that she had not seen or heard Mary at all this time.  She began praying the Rosary as the other children began to leave. Suddenly, many people saw a flash of light “like a ball of fire” envelope the hawthorn tree, throwing sparks, and creating a clap of thunder.  The Virgin had returned to meet with Fernande after all and asked her, “Do you love My Son and Me?”  Fernande replied that she did.  Our Lady then stated, “Then sacrifice yourself for me.”  With that said, the Virgin glowed with extraordinary brilliance and extended her arms so that the girl could see her golden heart with rays of light.  Then Blessed Mary said, “Goodbye.”

Within a few weeks of the last visit, reports of miracle healings began.  A young girl, Pauline Dereppe, was healed of a severe bone disease after praying at Beauraing.  A middle-aged woman, Madame Van Laer, was cured of her tuberculosis.  As this news spread, two and a half million pilgrims traveled to Beauraing in 1933!

In May of 1933, the Bishop of Namur set up a committee to evaluate the visions.  In 1943 Bishop Charue authorized public devotions to Mary at Beauraing.  Finally, in July of 1949, the apparitions were finally approved by the investigating committee (after 16 years).

“The Commission has thoroughly studied the events, and we are convinced of the supernatural character of the visions.  We are able in all serenity and prudence to affirm that the Queen of Heaven appeared to the children of Beauraing during the winter of 1932-1933, especially to show us in her maternal Heart the anxious appeal for prayer and the promise of her powerful mediation for the conversion of sinners.”

Albert Voisin became a missionary schoolmaster in the Belgian Congo.  Others married and raised children.  Pope John Paul II visited the official shrine on May 18, 1985.  The Beauraing cemetery now contains the tombs of Andree Degeimbre and Fernande Voisin.

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