Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa (1904-1955) was a mystic and a victim soul. She was called the “fourth seer of Fatima”.
Alexandrina was born on March 30, 1904 in Balasar, Portugal. In June 1832, a cross appeared on the ground in front of the parish church in Balasar. Jesus revealed to Alexandrina, “a century ago, I ordained that this parish be privileged with a cross as a sign of the crucifixion. The cross was ready, it only wanted a victim. But now I have chosen one to fulfill my divine plans; it is you.”
The victimhood of Alexandrina began on Holy Saturday 1918. Alexandrina and two other girls were at home when three men broke into the house to molest them. Alexandrina escaped by jumping from the window. She fell twelve feet on to hard ground, and came back to the house with a piece of wood to defend the other girls. The man fled, but the spine of Alexandrina was irreparably injured. At the age of 20, Alexandrina was completely paralyzed and became bedridden.
At first Alexandrina prayed for a cure, but later she realized that suffering was going to be her vocation. She also realized that Jesus was a prisoner in the tabernacle, just as she was a prisoner in her bed of pain. Alexandrina begged Jesus to accept her as a victim and agreed to suffer as much as she could endure for the conversion and salvation of sinners.
After offering herself as victim, Alexandrina’s pain increased greatly. She offered up her suffering using the prayer taught by Our Lady in Fatima: “O Jesus, this is for the love of you, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
In 1931, Alexandrina experienced her first ecstasy. Jesus confirmed her vocation as a victim soul by saying, “Love, suffer and make reparation.”
On September 6, 1934, Alexandrina received an invitation from Jesus, “Give me your hands, because I want to nail them with mine. Give me your feet, because I want to nail them to my feet. Give me your head, because I want to crown it with thorns as they did to me. Give me your heart, because I want to pierce it with a lance as they pierced mine. Consecrate your body to me; offer yourself wholly to me … Help me in the redemption of mankind.”
Alexandrina gave her consent to the invitation of Jesus, and she experienced a period of even more intense suffering. She experienced the attacks of the devil, and began to see terrifying visions and hear blasphemous cries. Satan frequently urged Alexandrina to end her suffering by committing suicide. Alexandrina overcame these trials by obeying her spiritual director.
Jesus explained to Alexandrina the importance of her suffering, “My daughter, suffering is the key to Heaven. I have endured so much to open Heaven to all mankind, but for many it was in vain. They say ‘I want to enjoy life, I have come into the world only for enjoyment.’ They say ‘Hell does not exist.’ I have died for them, and they say they did not ask me to do so. They have formed heresies against me. In order to save them, I select certain souls and lay the cross on their shoulders. Happy the soul who understands the value of suffering! My cross is sweet if carried for love of me … I chose you from your mother’s womb. I watch over you in your great difficulties. It was I who chose them for you, that I might have a victim to offer me much reparation. Lean on my Sacred Heart and find therein strength to suffer everything.”