Saturday, 27 July 2013

The book by Gabriele Amorth in Polish

The book by Gabriele Amorth on Bld Alexandrina has Polish edition. See here.

Friday, 26 July 2013

Jesus’s colloquy with Bld Alexandrina (February 23, Friday, 1945)

 Jesus came. I felt Him in my heart and resting there even before I heard Him. He sat down and, like one who was tired, leaned His holy head on my heart and said:
- My daughter, love descends to pain, light to night, to darkness, to deep darkness. Pain, night, darkness and thick darkness allowed by Me. It is the medicine, it is the medicine of souls. Here I can rest, the world cannot hurt my divine Heart, here I get everything, all a creature can give to His God; here I solace Myself, I delight Myself.
- My Jesus, it pains me so much, so much to hear You speak like this. I'm so miserable, I'm just misery! How can You say that? How can You have comfort after all the wickedness and ingratitude you find in me, after that how can You speak to me this way?
- Listen, beloved daughter, I do not want, I cannot allow you to ask Me again what I find in you that makes me speak this way. Can I not grace you with honorable titles, lift you to the greatest height, the highest dignity?
You are my daughter, I speak of what is mine. You are my spouse, a spouse who has the qualities of her Spouse, a spouse who reflects the qualities of her Spouse alone. I enrich you from my riches, I honor and praise those things that are mine. You are my beautiful dove, a heart of fire, of burning fire, fire that purifies, fire that attracts hearts to Me, fire that can ignite the world, I entrust the world to you, the world is yours.
Ask, ask, my daughter, ask for prayer and repentance and amendment of life; ask, ask for those things which you wish to see in the reign of my divine Heart!
Oh, what is coming to the world if it does not raise itself and be reconciled to Me!
Jesus rose from my heart, lifted His most holy hands and from His most holy eyes ran tears in great abundance: like two springs. Sobbing very much, He continued:
- Do you see my divine Heart open? It is sin, is the pleasure of the flesh; it is sin, it is the world. Save it, save it, my daughter, do not let my Blood be lost!
Ask it to convert, so that souls will come to Me, gather my sheep in My Divine Heart, my whole flock! Ask, ask in the name of Jesus! Penance, prayer and sincere reconciliation!
- Jesus, Jesus, enough! Please, do not do this.
I give You my life and my death, I give You  all my body and all my blood, I give You my love, I accept everything You see fit to give me, all this life of suffering, but raise yourself now, My Jesus, lower  Your most holy hands, staunch Your tears. What horror, my Jesus, I cannot see You like this! How can infinite greatness kneel before the greatest misery, the most little nothing?!
Jesus stood up, reclined again in my heart; He stretched His holy arm across my shoulders and joined His holy face to mine; He squeezed me tightly, covered me with kisses and burned my heart in the fire that burned in His.
- How my divine Heart is comforted by your offer, your love! I see in you the grace, the purity, the heroism for saving souls!
- That's not what I want to hear, Jesus. Tell me why have Thou acted this way? Being God You knelt before the most poor and miserable creature. Only You know how it torments me.
- My pure one, my beautiful one, the greater the sacrifice, the more you have to offer Me. So listen. Isn’t it being on knees, with folded hands and tears that hearts are moved to compassion? So great is the love I have for souls, so great is my power. My motive is my thirst for souls. You cannot compare human thirst with the divine thirst.
How often creatures, to quench their burning thirst, kneel, dipping their lips in disgusting, brackish water and in mud. I, Greatness without equal, to quench my thirst, to ask for the salvation of my souls, I knelt before my dear spouse who is clothed with Me, transformed in Me, asking her for souls, asking her for the world, this world which is mud and disgusting slime. Thus transformed in Me, I see nothing in you of misery; see my wonders, my greatness.
Is it not true that I said "what is great makes itself small"? You are the mirror that reflects everything. In you I give an example, as when I myself passed through the world. Wonderful lesson, teach it to souls! You, my daughter, are the one who gives them the passport to eternity.
Woe to the world, woe to Portugal if they do not correspond to the graces I give them!
Woe to the world, but then even more so for Portugal, if it is not thankful for the benefits it receives through you!
Spread purity, spread grace, ignite love, love, love!
And rest, innocent victim, in My Divine Heart; take comfort for your unique pain and unparalleled martyrdom.
I then leaned over to Jesus, rested in His Divine Heart, and new outpourings of love from Him ravished my heart.
It was already late at night when I felt the burning, but I am not able to speak of it.

- Take, my Jesus, take into account my sacrifice. If there was up to me, I would rather walk always with my face to the ground and saying nothing of what happens in my soul.

Friday, 19 July 2013

Groups inspired by the Blessed Alexandrina’s life and work

Recently, here in this blog, two people expressed willingness to create groups under the inspiration of the Blessed Alexandrina’s life and work. For the launch of one of them, we know some steps are being taken. These groups can become an effective means to accomplish the will of Jesus who wishes that the Alexandrina's inspiration reaches a worldwide dimension.
Fr Umberto gave reports of some of these groups in Italy, but we do not know if they survive.
An ancient one, who remains in Ireland and Scotland, is the Alexandrina Society, which publishes a newsletter and has achieved intercontinental projection.
In Gorgonzola, Italy, we know that lately one has come to be associated with the publication of books by Eugenie Signorile.
In Balasar, LIABA takes its first steps.

We think that in Latin America can be several, under Salesian inspiration.

Thursday, 18 July 2013

Cause of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

Look at this news published by the Salesian News Agency (ANS):

July 17, 2013 - Portugal - Initiatives to promote the cause of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

(ANS – Balasar) – Celebrations were held at Balasar, Portugal, on Sunday, July 14, to mark the 50th anniversary of the death of Fr. Mariano Pinho, a Jesuit and the first spiritual director of Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa. Some members of the Salesian Family from Portugal and Italy took part, as did Fr. Pierluigi Cameroni, postulator general of the causes of the saints of the Salesian Family.
To commemorate this great spiritual director of Bl. Alexandrina, an exhibition of his life was organized and two talks were given, one by Fr. Darioo Pedroso, SJ, and the other by a Salesian Cooperator, Maria Rita Scrimieri. The day ended with a solemn concelebration.
Interest has been growing in the spirituality and the message of Bl. Alexandrina since the time of her beatification in 2004. Every weekend, between 3,000 and 5,000 people visit the places that preserve the memory of her life and testimony. In response to requests from many pilgrims for accommodation and spiritual accompaniment, on July 14 the diocese of Braga with Archbishop Jorge Ferreira da Costa Ortiga, the parish of Balasar with its pastor Fr. Manuel Casado Neiva, and the Alexandrina de Balasar Foundation, inaugurated a competition for the planning and building of a Eucharistic shrine dedicated to Bl. Alexandrina.
Work was also started on the critical edition of the writings of the mystic from Balasar. The Salesian Family is present in Balasar with the Da Mihi Animas, Cetera Tolle (Give me souls, take the rest of) Spirituality Center, approved by the Portuguese Province and promoted and served Ms. Scrimieri.
Bl. Alexandrina, great devotee of the Eucharist and spokeswoman for the entrustment of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, had as her second spiritual director Fr. Umberto Maria Pasquale, SDB, who also became a great promoter of her cause for beatification. He encouraged Alexandrina to continue to dictate her diary when he noticed the spiritual heights she had reached. She did so in a spirit of obedience until her death.
In 1944 Alexandrina became a member of the Association of Salesian Cooperators. She wanted her certificate of enrollment placed “where it would be always before her eyes” so that she could collaborate with her suffering and her prayer in the salvation of souls, especially those of the young. Her witness underlines the need for constant personal conversion, and she offers an outstanding example of the sacrificial dimension of the Salesian charism.

Tuesday, 16 July 2013

Fr Mariano Pinho

We already have a copy of the recent booklet on the first spiritual director of Blessed Alexandrina, Fr Mariano Pinho: fills a failure it was urgent to eliminate. Wrote it Fr Dario Pedroso.
Small format and illustrated, has 150 pages and covers several topics, without forgetting the "great controversy" arisen by those who wanted to accuse Fr Pinho about his chastity and the theme of the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
This booklet still leaves unfulfilled the task of a large biography that takes into account the varied biographical journey of this great Jesuit, his literary production and especially documents his continued apostolic commitment.
One of the glories of Fr Pinho is the magazine Cruzada published continuously since 1930 and currently sent to 82 countries.
Cover of the new publication on Fr Mariano Pinho.

Main altar of the parish church where Fr Mariano Pinho was born and baptized.

Tuesday, 9 July 2013


Balasar has deep roots in a very distant past, the time of the megaliths, with two dolmens and one menhir, the time of the “outeiros” (ancient sacred hills), the time of its four Gothic farms (villae).
The menhir

Perhaps even in the tenth century of our era, in the area that the parish now occupies, two parishes were created, Saint Saviour of Gresufes and Saint Eulalie of Lousadelo. Probably at the end of the twelfth century, the church of Saint Eulalie was moved from Lousadelo to Matinho by Belsar. From him is derived the name Balasar. In the fourteenth century, Gresufes and Balasar were joined, but the union only became definitive in the mid-sixteenth century.
Ancient statue of Saint Eulalie

In medieval history, in the parish was known a royal inn in the “reguengo” (set of royal land) of Gestrins.  It is also noted that members of the noble Correias family owned properties there, along with another noble family, the Ferreiras d'Eça, and also religious institutions.

The family of Carneiros da Grã-Magriço
Gomes Carneiro, a member of the Carneiro family, from Vila do Conde, married a young girl from Balasar in the second half of the sixteenth century. From this couple originated the Garneiros da Grã-Magriço family.
In 1741, the teenager Benta Carneiro da Grã-Magriço married the wealthy Manuel Nunes Rodrigues, who had made a fortune in Brazil. He built a rich baroque chapel (Capela da Quinta), and his wife, when a widow, also endowed the parish with an appreciable monument, a stone bridge of three arches over the river Este.
 Manuel Nunes Rodrigues built a rich baroque chapel

The marriage of D. Benta with Manuel Nunes Rodrigues, enriched the family, and designed it for a socially relevant future: one son, who was an alderman of the town of Póvoa de Varzim, built an excellent emblazoned residence there. His granddaughter, marrying a member of the noblest family of Azevedos, became the Viscountess of Azevedo. The couple, however, had no descendants, which is what caused the extinction of the Carneiros da Grã-Magriço.

Destination of pilgrimage
In the eighteenth century, Balasar had two small pilgrimage destinations, the spring of Holy Peter of Rates and the Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy, both in the hamlet named Casal. Holy Peter of Rates was then the patron of the Archdiocese of Braga and the spring where he drank from was in the parish, where legend claims that he had suffered persecution. The Chapel of Our Lady of Mercy was built in 1737 by the military officer and merchant from Balasar António da Costa Soares.
Old Statue of Our Lady of Mercy

The Holy Cross
On June 21, 1832, Portugal lived a remarkable moment in its history, when a mysterious cross on the floor appeared in the hamlet of Calvary, a little more than two dozen meters from the bridge of D. Benta.
This phenomenon, well documented, caused a deep impression and gave place to great pilgrimage. The current Chapel of Holy Cross was built, and another, larger, to the east. The pilgrimages that celebrated the anniversary of the apparition became famous, but often ended with scenes of beatings. In 1903, a man died, and the priest stopped the revelry. From 1919, there were attempts to revive it, but without success.
The Chapel of the Holy Cross was built by Custódio José da Costa and others

Votive offering of the Chapel of the Holy Cross


Throughout the ages, remarkable men and women, other than Blessed Alexandrina, were born or lived at Balasar. Some of them have already been mentioned. Others were: José Custódio da Costa, Luís Joaquim de Oliveira (he healed the Queen D. Maria II), José António dos Santos (one of the first officers of the municipality after liberalism), the Commander of Maranhão (Brazil) José Pedro dos Santos, and a number of municipal councilors, such as José Domingues Furtado (the modern first roads of the parish and primary school came from his time), Manuel Joaquim de Almeida (continued the road renovation and helped the construction of the church and the cemetery) and José António de Sousa Ferreira.  Also, several presidents of the Junta (parish council) such as Joaquim António Machado, Lino Araújo ... and pastors (the poet António Martins de Faria, Leopoldino Mateus ...), etc.

Custódio José da Costa and Luís Joaquim de Oliveira

Friday, 5 July 2013

Canonization of Pope John Paul II

The canonization of Pope John Paul II will take place this year. He beatified Alexandrina.

Thursday, 4 July 2013

Fr Mariano Pinho

Fr Mariano Pinho, Blessed Alexandrina’s first spiritual director, died half a century ago, on July 11, 1963. At Balasar an exhibition and the publication of a book will remember the date.