Alexandrina was chosen as
co-redeemer. The salvation of souls consumed her wholly. She offered all her
sufferings for this end. But it is not enough: souls, to be saved, must turn
towards Jesus in order to follow Him; they must know Jesus, in order to receive
Him. Alexandrina, then, even though a paralytic enclosed between the four walls
of her room, must approach souls to be able to communicate Jesus to them. Jesus
wanted to transmit himself to souls through Alexandrina and prepared her for
this. On 13th June 1947, then the feast of the S. Heart, in the
ecstasy that followed that of the Passion, Jesus said to her:
everything that is mine to shine out from you.
I want your
looks to have the purity of mine;
I want your
lips to have the smile, the sweetness of mine;
I want your
heart to have the tenderness, the charity and the love of mine.
In short, I
want everything about you to imitate Me, I want you to be identical to Me.
I want all
your body to be the Body of Jesus, another Christ. You are the new redeemer. S
I want you
to make the sacrifice of receiving all who come. I have put you here for this.
I want you
to do what I would be doing today if I was walking through the world. Imitate
me! Attract the multitude of souls I allow to come to you. Fulfil your mission.
And how well she fulfilled it!
She incited repentance, conversions. Jesus was to say to her:
Be sure that
souls do not go, as they like to come close to you. S (7-5-54)
The humble shepherd, “poor Alexandrina”, as she
always signs herself, who desires nothing more than the solitude of her room in
close retirement with Jesus, with its “three Loves” (the most Holy Trinity),
must subject herself to endure a tide of people,
of being flooded with requests and prayers, must dry the tears of many
And also she had to receive
expressions of gratitude which, instead of elating her, caused her suffering.
I was very
humiliated in seeing myself surrounded by so many people. But with words from
Jesus I became stronger and repeated my offer to Him of all the humiliation. S
Jesus insists on this form of
the mission, of contact with souls, and Alexandrina is conscious of attracting a
great many to Him. She uses the image of the “fisher of men” first used by Jesus
referring to Peter.
I do not
know what I feel in my heart any more. It seems to me that there is Somebody
inside it who, like the fishermen, lays out nets, and more nets, to trawl this
immense world of souls. No matter how many nets he lets out of my heart, there
are still more it has to lay out. And what an infinite anxiety it is to catch
all the souls, to fill the net!
What a task,
what incessant fatigue! (...) S (18-1-52)
But her human nature is so weak!
Sometimes she leaves to run after some small relief.
wanted to retire alone into silence. The presence of people sometimes provokes
such revulsion in me that it leaves me impatient. My God, my God! My cross, my
martyrdom! S (24-2-52)
Jesus intervenes with
my daughter, you are a magnet that attracts; you do not cover the world, but
your life covers the world. You preach with your suffering, your example.
You are the beloved missionary of the Most High:
it is in your bed of pain that you are the missionary you so want to be.
(vide Ch 1)
daughter, courage! (...) In everything you are like Me. Speak, speak to the
souls that approach you! It is a noble mission, a very noble mission, one that I
have chosen for you. No one leaves here in the same state as he comes, even the
most criminal and hardened of them.
through you that I give myself, it is through you that I communicate myself to
daughter, come to receive a drop of my divine Blood, divine life and food. You
live the life of Jesus. You live with the Flesh and Blood of Jesus.
O wonder! O
enrapturing wonder! S (21-11-52)
Alexandrina fears that all this
“public life” distracts her from close contact with her “three Loves”. Jesus
daughter, my beloved daughter, treasure, coffer of my riches! You are the
treasure, you are the strong-box of everything that is mine: distribute my love,
distribute my graces. Give, give so that they spread themselves throughout all
humanity. Allow, allow souls to come close to you so that you receive them.
Ensure, ensure that they fly throughout the entire world. Do not preoccupy
yourself with silence. Speak, speak to souls. If you knew the good that is given
to them through you! I created you, I created you for this, only for this.
for silence is silence. Trust, trust: I will not let you lose your union with
Me. In speaking, doing my divine will, you live more united to Me than if you
were alone in the deepest solitude. I have performed and I continue to perform
in your soul the greatest wonders.
— Be it,
Jesus, as you want. Let it be done, my Love, as You say. I am your victim. If I
was forever plunged in this abyss of love! … I would not fear the pain, I would
not fear the cross. How different this abyss from that in which I live!
courage, my beautiful dove! It is the reward of your suffering, it is strength
to suffer more, more, much more. Come and receive a drop of my divine Blood.
Our hearts have been united. I have commanded that it be this way. They are two
in one alone. S (17-4-53)
Let us finish the chapter
offering evidence that Alexandrina knows how to extract, from any event, a
reason to make her heart gush with love.
When receiving so many thousands
of kisses from the people who approached me, I decided to offer them to Jesus,
as if they were given to Him and that He accepted them as acts of love for the
tabernacles, for the honour and glory of the most Holy Trinity and for our dear
heavenly Mother, and in that way everything was turned to benefit for the
visitors. S (4-12-53)
“A Tide of people”. The people passed by Alexandrina, as a river... as
happens, for example, before the Holy Shroud of Turin.
Another encounter with the Saint of Lisieux: both, without moving from
their immediate surroundings, had engaged in missionary work which
reached to the furtherest ends of the world.