Our Lady of Laus
Where : Saint Etienne-le-laus , France
When: Between 1664-1718
In May 1664, the seventeen-year-old Benoite saw an apparition of Saint Maurice, a 3rd-century martyr who was greatly honored at Laus. This was near a nearby chapel, then in ruins, dedicated to St. Maurice. He warned her that if she remained in that area, the local guards would take her flock if they found it there. St. Maurice told the shepherdess to go to the Valley of Kilns, above Saint-Étienne, where she would see the Mother of God
On May 16 Benoite took her sheep to the Valley of Kilns. She came to a grotto, when Mary, holding the child Jesus in her arms, appeared to her. Her offer to share the hard bread that she carried made the beautiful lady smile, but she left without saying a word. For a period of about four months, the Lady came back every day, and Benoite heard her speak. Others could not hear what Mary said. On August 29, the Lady told Benoite that her name was Mary.
The Lady instructed Benoite to go to Laus from her own village nearby and to look for her there, "where you will smell a very nice perfume". Benoite made her way to Laus and found an old chapel dedicated to Notre Dame de Bonne Rencontre, and, while the smell of the beautiful perfume was there, the chapel was in bad condition. "It is my desire that a new chapel be built here in honour of my beloved Son. It will become a place of conversion for numerous sinners and I shall appear here very often," said the beautiful lady.
She told Benoite that the oil from the sanctuary lamp would work miracles with the infirm if they received the anointing with faith in her intercession
Our Lady of Laus asked for sinners to do penance, a chapel of Eucharistic adoration to be built so Jesus could convert sinners, and a house for priests to be built so the priests could administer the sacraments to sinners.
At the heart of the message given to Benoite is a conversion of souls which aims to bring full reconciliation with oneself, with others, and with God