Catholic Encyclopedia – Blessed Beatrix

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A Cistercian nun, first prioress of the convent called Nazareth near Lier in Brabant; died 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 B├ęguines. 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”.

MLA Citation

  • Herbert Thurston. “Blessed Beatrix”. Catholic Encyclopedia, 1913. CatholicSaints.Info. 23 December 2015. Web. 16 January 2021. <>