“More than a century ago I showed the Cross in this beloved earth”
In the colloquy of 5th December 1947, Jesus said to Bld Alexandrina:
You are my victim, to you I have entrusted the highest mission. And as proof of this, listen carefully to what I say so that you will how to repeat it.
Almost a century ago I sent to this privileged parish the cross as a sign of your crucifixion. I did not send a cross of roses, because the cross didn’t grow roses, only thorns; nor was it of gold, because your virtues and your heroism would be the precious stones that would decorate it. The cross was of earth, because it was from the earth that the cross grew.
Oh, how admirable are the designs of the Lord! How great and admirable they are! How many delights they have!
Eight years later, on 21st January 1955, He insisted:
More than a century ago I showed a cross to this beloved land, a cross awaiting a victim. Everything is proof of love!
Oh, Balasar, if you do not respond to me...
Cross of earth for the victim who was taken from nothing, the victim chosen by God and who always existed in the eyes of God!
The victim of the world, but so enriched with heavenly graces, who has given all for Heaven and who, for love of souls, accepts all!
Trust, believe, my daughter! I am here. Repeat your "I believe". Trust!
For some years after 1832, Balasar was place of pilgrimage to honour a Cross which had appeared mysteriously in the earth, a few meters from the actual church. To protect this Cross a Chapel, which still exists, was built. It has the date 1832 carved into the rock lintel of the door. During these years a Brotherhood was formed to promote a feast of the Holy Cross of Balasar.
Little more than a century later, Balasar has come to be the object of numerous pilgrimages: the people are attracted by the fame of Alexandrina Maria da Costa, who lived here, "crucified", for many years.