In a letter that she wrote to
Fr Marian Pinho on 22nd November 1937, Alexandrina revealed that two
days before Jesus had spoken her in these terms:
- My daughter, my jewel,
golden jewel box, very rich jewel box of the Holy Trinity… very rich, because
you have in you these divine Personages… if you knew how you are loved by Them!
My daughter, I only speak to
you of greatness and the love that I have for you, because it is good for
souls. Because I desire that, just after
your death, your life be known, that it spreads to the farthest ends of the
world, where the voice of the Pope consecrating the world to My beloved
Mother will also have arrived.
Twenty years later (23rd
January 1957), but only two years after Alexandrina’s death, the same Fr Marian
Pinho commented on the realization of that prophecy to Fr Umberto (surely
quoting what he had learned by heart):
What Our Lord
promised her in 1937 is being fulfilled:
“Soon after your death I want
that you be known; I will ensure that it will be so”.
Thirty years later, in 1968,
Fr Umberto, made a comment along the same lines in an interview:
Many times the Lord
had said to Alexandrina:
“After your death, I will
ensure that your name and your life, full of love and heroism, will spread to
the far ends of the earth”.
And Alexandrina’s second
Indeed, only with the removal
from Portugal of the two directors could this be realized literally. Rev. Fr
Marian Pinho, without having to face the obstacles that he would find in his
homeland, succeeded in publishing two books concerning Alexandrina, one of
which was soon translated into French and German.
I, through the “Salesian
Bulletin”, written in Italian language, with a print run of more than 300,000
copies that are sent to every corner of the land, could spread the news of
Alexandrina’s death as soon as I received it and also some brief words
concerning her edifying life. In the following year, I published, in Italian, a
biography that was later translated into Portuguese. And the Salesian bulletins
of several nations had spread the fame of the Servant of God through the world.
A religious sister of the
Congregation of the Children of Mary Auxiliaries, who lived behind the Iron
Curtain - where the Catholic press is forbidden - had patiently translated and
typed the biography and made sure it circulated in some of the regions subjected
to the communist regime.
Months ago there arrived in my
hands, from Thailand, a version of the biography in the language of that
country, written by a Salesian (Fr Rebesco). And I know that in Japan an
identical work is being produced. How great the Lord is! There are no human
forces capable of impeding His divine designs.
Now, in our own day, when
almost 70 years have passed since this prophecy, Fr Pasquale Liberatore, who
was the Salesian postulator, could declare in an interview:
Whoever learns about
Alexandrina is fascinated by her. I receive letters from all over the world
with requests for images and relics.
and lighthouse of the world"
A few months before her death,
Alexandrina’s agony was aggravated to an extent that she was no longer able to
dictate the story of her mystical experiences. But it is in the last of her
diaries (2nd September 1955) that she recollects, as if it were a
key of gold, some gorgeous words of the One for whom she had lived:
My abysses are so black and deep
that only God could penetrate them.
And that was what Jesus
He went down into my depths,
with the tender rays of His
light He brought my poor being up to the surface and illuminated it:
- Come here, my daughter,
light and lighthouse of the world!
You, who are in darkness
without equal, are the light that shines, the lighthouse that illuminates
The darkness is for you, the
light is for souls.
Come here, light of which I am
the light, lighthouse of which I am the lighthouse!
Can I not make you shine with
Can I not make you to be a
lighthouse, just as I am The Lighthouse?
But the universal dimension
that Jesus attributes to Alexandrina’s life of suffering had been made known to
her long before and this knowledge was often, and in many ways, confirmed. Look
at an example:
My daughter, school of all
How much humanity must learn
in this school:
School of Christ’s life,
school of the science of the Highest one!
It is here that the
insignificant and the great, the ignorant and the scholars, all learn.
It is in this school that one
learns how to suffer and how to love. (15/4/49)
When, in December 1944, the
world was being destroyed in a war that seemed to have no end, it was handed
over, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, to Alexandrina’s care.
Moreover, she was declared its queen, the “queen of the world”:
You are the second
ark of Noah.
In you I keep
in you, as in the ark, I guard
everything for life in the new world.
Your pain, your immolation and
humiliation of life, is more for souls that for bodies.
Courage, dear daughter! Do not
The rain that falls on the new
ark is not to destroy but to save: it is rain of humiliations, disdain and
The ark is not in danger: it
sails on the crests. Once the waters of the persecution abate, the world will
see the wealth that waters contained, that they were waters of salvation.
Dear daughter, my beloved, I
am not alone, my Blessed Mother is with Me; listen to what She says to you.
Jesus was to the left; my
Heavenly Mother who was at my right, took me onto her lap, enfolded me tightly
against her most sacred Heart, covered me with caresses and said me:
- My daughter, I come with my
divine Son to deliver humanity to you so that you can enclose it in your heart.
The keys remain in the custody
of your Jesus and your beloved Heavenly Mother.
I have given you to my most
holy mantle, and my queen’s crown: you have been crowned by Me.
You are the queen of sinners,
you are the queen of the world, chosen by Jesus and Mary. (8-12-1944)
Texts like this are not
exceptions; even the delivery of the world to Alexandrina’s care was to be
The Consecration to the
Immaculate Heart of Mary, which was asked of her, was not that of Portugal or
of Russia alone, it was that of the world.
I watched the Blessed Alexandrina da Costa program on EWTN this
afternoon and it was excellent! My congratulations to Kevin Rowles and all
those who put it together – it is very inspiring and is very well done.
Those who missed it here in
the USA might want to set their DVR/recorders for Sat. Dec. 8 at 5 AM Eastern
Time which will be the next showing on EWTN for those here in the USA.