This website contains a translation from French into English of the book titled “Notre Dame du Laus et la Vénérable Soeur Benoîte”, “Our Lady of Laus and the Venerable Sister Benoite”, a history of Benoîte Rencurel and her experiences at St.-Etienne, including the appearance of Our Lady of Laus.
The original book was written in 1878 (and updated in 1895) by the missionary priests of Laus, drawing from the historical “Manuscripts of Laus“.
If you are looking for a brief summary of the events at Laus and the life of Benoîte Rencurel, the chapter titled “Introduction to the Canonization Process” contains a very succinct and precise overview, to which I have added numerous clickable references to the portions of this text that expand upon the topics covered there. Also, based on my own research into her life, I have added a page to this site as the unofficial “wiki” of Benoîte Rencurel, https://benoiterencurel.wordpress.com/benoite-rencurel-wiki-lahuile/. Feel free to suggest updates to it!
Although these events at Laus started to unroll over three and a half centuries ago, they remain relevant to our modern world. The Chapel where Our Lady first appeared at Laus to Benoîte Rencurel, the Chapel of Good Encounter — in French, La Chapelle de Bon Rencontre –remains the crown jewel of the pilgrimage. Pilgrims still flock to Laus, so many that Bishop di Falco Leandri proposed a new church to be built there, a call that the current Bishop of Gap and Embrun, Xavier Malle, has also considered. The Sanctuary continues to receive numerous testimonies of physical, emotional and spiritual healing as a result of pilgrimages to Laus or use of the Oil of Laus.
Understanding this unique history of Laus further highlights the importance of Laus as part of the great work of Divine Mercy that was unveiled, over centuries, to the world. By better understanding the events that happened at Laus, we are able to see the life of Benoîte Rencurel and the interactions at Laus in the 17th Century as surprisingly accurate foreshadowing of the revelations of the Divine Mercy message in the 20th Century. As you will learn while reading this text, Benoîte Rencurel was chosen as the Secretary of Reconciliation, and Laus is a privileged place.
Laus is the place where the Queen of Heaven has established Her Throne on the earth, and there She awaits all sinners, desiring to welcome them gently, revive their tattered souls and bring them to new life through the ministry of the nuns in residence — the living legacy of Benoîte Rencurel – and the priest in the confessionals of Laus. “I have destined this place for the conversion of sinners.” Refreshed through the abundant graces found there, Our Lady’s plan is to send them back into the world to encounter all of humanity as Ambassadors of Reconciliation.
Indeed, it seems that a new dawn is coming to Laus, as it is “flourishing more and more”.
In May 2008, the Bishop of Gap and Embrun, Jean-Michel di Falco Leandri, announced that he approved the supernatural origin of the apparitions at Laus.
Arguably, Pope Francis’ “favorite” sacrament is the Tribunal of Mercy – the encounter between God and humanity in the confessional. The Pope spends much time encouraging, teaching and demonstrating this doorway of Mercy. He entrusts the Church to the Refuge of Sinners, the Mother of Mercy!
Further, as a central theme to his pontificate, Pope Francis uses the word “encounter” to urge the faithful to touch humanity, eye-to-eye, hand-to-hand, and soul-to-soul in a renewed evangelization of the Good News. http://ncronline.org/blogs/distinctly-catholic/pope-francis-encounter May you encounter Benoite Rencurel and her extraordinary life through this history! And may Our Lady of Good Encounter continue to guide us in our encounters with humanity!
As of September 8, 2018, I have finished my translation of the book. Because I published each chapter as I completed the translation, I continue to update the website from time to time with updated references and refined translation of the text.
As part of my work in making Laus more accessible to our modern world, I have also added some additional illustrations to my translations of the text, to show the reader more images of the historical events and to bring into focus a more current side of Laus. Finally, I have provided some end notes throughout my translation of the work to attempt to give the reader more information on the events at Laus, to provide more context to certain events and to partially authenticate these occurrences with references to other historical events.
The original French text appears on the Internet at the following website: http://www.abbaye-saint-benoit.ch/saints/nddulaus/
I was inspired by the events in the life of Benoite Rencurel to write a blog about the impact of the Oil from the Sanctuary Lamp of Laus on my life, which is located at http://LaHuile.wordpress.com.
In particular, I am a strong believer in the reconciling and healing powers of the Oil of Laus. To me, the Oil of Laus contains — among other cures — the power to help us reconcile ourlives to the Truth. The Oil of Laus is available without charge at the website of the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Laus: http://www.sanctuaire-notredamedulaus.com/en/services/ask-for-the-oil-of-the-laus.html. While the site is in the process of adding pages in English, not all of it has yet been translated. So, if you would like me to send you some Oil of Laus (freely, of course!) please leave me a message or email me at lahuile at a o l dot com.