From the 15th of January
till the 2nd of March 1933, Our Lady appeared to Mariette BECO eigth times,
calling herself the VIRGIN OF THE POOR.
The so-called Little Chapel was built and inaugurated in 1933.
The Apparitions and the Message were declared authentic by Mgr. KERKHOFS, Bishop of Liège, on the 22nd of August 1949.
|THE APPARITIONS IN 1933|
January 1933, Mariette Beco was eleven years old. She was born on the 25th
March, 1921 and was the eldest of a family of seven children. Her family
who was quite poor, lived in a simple working-class house, isolated and
set back from the road, at the edge of the forest.
In the evening of Sunday January 15th, Mary appeared for the first time in the garden of the little house. The lady beckoned her. Mariette wanted to go out, but her mother stopped her and locked the door.
Wednesday, 18th January, at 7.pm., Mariette was in the garden on
her knees, and her hands joined in prayer. Suddenly she left the garden
and started walking up the road where the lady was calling her. Twice she
fell to her knees on the frozen ground. A third time she knelt near the
ditch in front of a pool of water coming from a spring.
|The lady spoke to her. "Push your hands into the water." Mariette does it. She repeated what the Lady had just said to her, "This spring is reserved for Me, Goodnight, good-bye."|
On Thursday, January 19th, the weather was severe. Mariette was kneeling on the path. It was 7.pm. The Lady appeared. Mariette asked her "who are you, beautiful Lady ?" "I am the Virgin of the Poor." The Virgin then led the child to the spring. Mariette asked another question : "beautiful Lady, yesterday you said 'this spring is reserved for me' why for me ?" Mariette pointed to herself. Smiling even more, the Virgin answered "this spring is reserved for all nations... for the sick." Mariette replied "Thank you, thank you." Then the Virgin said "I will pray for you - goodbye."
|On Friday, January 20th, Mariette stayed in bed all day to recover from a sleepless night. At a quarter to seven she woke up, dressed and went out. When the Virgin appeared she cried out : "Ah. There she is", then she started talking to the beautiful Lady. "What do you want, my beautiful Lady ?" The Virgin answered with a smile "I would like a small chapel." She stretched out her hands and blessed the child with her right hand.|
|Then there followed three weeks of total silence. The Virgin interrupted her visits. Mariette however remained faithful : each day at 7.pm. she prayed in the garden.|
|On Saturday, February 11th, Mariette was on the road, she knelt twice, dipped her hands into the spring and made the sign of the cross. Suddenly she stood up, ran towards the house and wept. She did not understand what the Virgin had told her. "I come to relieve suffering." She did not understand the meaning of the words "to relieve."|
|Three days elapsed. On Wednesday evening, 15th February, the Virgin appeared for the sixth time. Mariette passed on Father Jamin's request to the Virgin : "the chaplain asks you for a sign." The Virgin answered, "Believe in me, I will believe in you." "Pray a lot : goodbye." The Virgin confided a secret to the child.|
|On February 20th, Mariette knelt again in the snow, braving the cold. Suddenly she prayed the rosary louder and faster. She left the garden and knelt twice on the road, then again at the spring where she prayed and wept, "because she left too quickly." Mary told her "My dear child, pray hard."|
waited ten days before seeing the Virgin for the last time. She appeared
on Thursday, March 2nd. Torrential rain had been pouring down since
three p.m. Mariette went out, it was 7. pm. She was reciting her third
rosary when the rain suddenly stopped. She remained silent, stretched out
her arms, got up, took a step forward and knelt down. At home, Mariette
revealed the message entrusted to her by Mary. "I
am the Mother of the Saviour Mother of God. Pray a lot."
The Virgin then laid her hands on her and said : "Adieu."