Bl. Beatrix

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A Cistercian nun, first prioress of the convent called Nazareth near Lier in Brabant; d. 1269. She came of a wealthy family, but wishing to consecrate herself to God, at the age of seven she went to live with the Béguines. She afterwards joined the Cistercian nuns at Valle Florida whence she was sent to commence the new foundation at Nazareth. She practised very severe austerities, wearing a girdle of thorns and compressing her body with cords. Our Lord is said to have appeared to her and to have pierced her heart with a fiery dart. After Nazareth was abandoned in a time of disturbance, the body of Blessed Beatrix is believed to have been translated by angels to Lier. Her day is 29 July, and a short life of her is included by Henriquez in his "Lilia".


A fuller notice of all the above will be found in DUNBAR, Dictionary of Saintly Women (London, 1904), I, 107-110. Several of them also are noticed with more or less fullness in the Acta SS. on their respective days. Cf. CHEVALIER, Rép. des sources hist., Bio-Bibl. (2d ed., 1905).


HERBERT THURSTON


Source: The Catholic Encyclopedia of 1913

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