Blessed Alexandrina received a series of messages from Jesus in 1935. He warned that a second world war would take place as a punishment for the sins of mankind, and said the war could only be prevented by the consecration of the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Jesus urged Alexandrina, through her spiritual director, to petition the Pope to perform this consecration. He also requested she pray and offer her sufferings for this intention.
In September 1936 Alexandrina’s spiritual director, Father Mariano Pinho, wrote to Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII) regarding the consecration. In 1938, Father Pinho preached a retreat to the bishops of Portugal. At the end of the retreat the bishops petitioned the Holy Father to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart.
Passion of Christ
Our Lord told Alexandrina, “As a sign that it is My will that the world be consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of My mother, I will make you suffer my passion until the Holy Father has decided to implement this consecration.”
Beginning in October 1938, Alexandrina experienced the Passion of Christ in a state of ecstasy every Friday from midday to 3 p.m. These ecstasies took place about 180 times, until March 27, 1942, the Friday before Holy Week.
On Holy Thursday, Alexandrina felt sure that she would not experience the Passion ecstasy the next day. On Good Friday, Jesus told her the reason: Pope Pius XII had decided to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
The Holy Father performed the consecration on Oct. 31, 1942. According to Sister Lucia of Fatima, this consecration helped to end the world war.
On Good Friday, 1942, Alexandrina began a total fast from food and drink which lasted 13 years, until her death. She received only Holy Communion. Jesus said to her, “You are living by the Eucharist alone because I want to prove to the world the power of the Eucharist and the power of My life in souls.”
In 1943 Alexandrina was ordered to undergo a medical examination. After 40 days in hospital, Doctor Enrico Gomes de Araujo told Alexandrina, “In October I will come to visit you at Balasar, not as a doctor-spy, but as a friend who respects you.”
Because of the influence of some detractors, Father Pinho was ordered to stop being the spiritual director of Alexandrina, and he was sent to Brazil, where he remained until his death on July 11, 1963. Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote a note on a holy picture to Alexandrina, ensuring her of prayers for a new spiritual director.
Sister Lucia’s close friend, Father Umberto Pasquale, became the spiritual director of Alexandrina in 1944. He invited Alexandrina to offer some of her prayers and sufferings for the salvation of youth. She became a Salesian cooperator and prayed especially for youth.
Jesus told Alexandrina that the Church was facing a great crisis. He said, “Tell my ministers to be vigilant, for the devil is preparing a massive assault on the Church.”
In her final years, Alexandrina prayed much for the Church. She constantly told people to practise the First Saturday devotion and to consecrate themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Brown Scapular.
Alexandrina died on Oct. 13, 1955. Her last words were: “Do not sin. The pleasures of this life are worth nothing. Receive Communion. Pray the rosary every day. This sums up everything.”
Christ said to Alexandrina, “I desire that, after your death, your life may be known, and that will happen; I shall see to it. It will reach the ends of the earth.”
Alexandrina was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2004.