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St. Alexandrina Maria da Costa

Alexandrina was born on March 30, 1904 at Balasar, Oporto, Portugal. On Holy Saturday 1918, at age 14, Alexandrina was sewing with her sister and a friend when three men broke into her house, one who had been there before, threatening to violate her chastity. Keeping herself pure, Alexandrina crippled herself for life by jumping out of a 13 foot drop. Six years later at the age of 20, Alexandrina was permanently bedridden for the rest of her life. Even though Alexandrina was always in agony pain, she constantly kept a smile on her face for she did not want people to know the pains of Christ. She began to grow closer and closer to the Lord and realized she was suffering in a special way for the salvation of souls. Alexandrina’s thought frequently turned to Jesus in the tabernacle.  Alexandrina’s went into her first ecstasy in 1931 when she heard Jesus say to her. "Love, suffer, and make reparation.” Under the order of her spiritual director she was dictating her life’s story to her sister but many times, the devil would threaten her to stop writing. One time, the devil through Alexandrina around her room many times. In one of her ecstasy, Jesus said to her, “Keep me company in the Blessed Sacrament. I remain in the tabernacle night and day, waiting to give my love and grace to all who would visit me. But so few come. I am so abandoned, so lonely, so offended…. Many…do not believe in my existence; they do not believe that I live in the tabernacle. They curse me. Others believe, but do not love me and do not visit me; they live as if I am not there… You have chosen to love my in the tabernacles where you can contemplate me, not with the eyes of the body, but those of the soul. I am truly present there as in Heaven, Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity.” From October 1938, Alexandrina began to suffer the passion of Christ every Friday. She suffered the passion of Christ 180 times. Until 1942, she was suffering in silence and she was besieged by pilgrims asking for prayer. On Good Friday 1942, Alexandrina started an absolute fast of received daily Communion every day as her only meal for more than 13 years until her death. Doctors questioned Alexandrina about her meal choices. And she replied that she was not hungry, she was always full, she longs for food, but she does not need it. While doctors could not explain her decision, 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.” Alexandrina died on October 13th, 1955 at the age of 51. She had received daily Communion for more than 13 years and now you can visit her home town and visit her room, house and the local Church where she is buried to the left of the Altar.