Why this site has been created.
Alexandrina’s life is provocative. She
went thirteen years without eating or
anything whatsoever except daily Communion. And this is absolutely true; it has
been attested to by witnesses in whom we can place complete confidence. On 4th
November 1947, some years before Alexandrina ‘flew to heaven’ the Porto
newspaper, the Jornal de Notícias, published an article: “A WOMAN WHO
HASN’T EATEN OR TAKEN A DRINK FOR 6 YEARS AND WHO LIVES IN PERFECT HEALTH”. It
We are told that in Balasar, in the
prefecture of Póvoa de Varzim, of a paralytic who lives on a total fast.
Tradition tells of the great holy men of India who managed to go for long
periods, 40 or 50 days, without taking food. We know that these people didn’t
eat solids, but that they didn’t forbid themselves liquids. From what we hear
the ‘patient’ of Balasar neither eats nor drinks. Could it be possible? But how
can her continued existence be explored? How does she survive?
The subject excites our journalistic
curiosity and we decided to examine the phenomenon with every legitimate means
at our disposal.
The conclusion is contained in the title
of the article.
The doctor who looked after the Beata of
Balasar left much written confirmation of his findings. An example of this can
be seen in a letter he wrote to the Archbishop of Braga on 2nd August
as a doctor, and without fear of contradiction, I can confirm that this case is
extraordinary, because science says that a woman of 39, alert mentally and
emotionally, with senses functioning normally, going several days and nights on
end without sleeping – and then sleeping but little when she does sleep –
maintains the same weight with minimum variation, maintains normal blood
pressure, and not only lives for a complete and consecutive 40 days (under the
vigilant eyes, day and night of discrete persons) but spends two years and three
months of one period in total abstinence from all solid foods and all liquids,
including ordinary water, and another period of absolute abstinence from any
food and only in doubt those in the habit of doubt…perhaps doubting themselves.
Jesus called Alexandrina, who only
attended school for a little over a year, “the school of all humanity”, “the
doctor of the divine sciences”, “the lighthouse of the world” etc.
Look at what he said about her one day :
They can all come to the garden I have
To collect the flowers of virtue,
Flowers of purity,
Flowers of grace,
Flowers of charity,
Flowers of heroism,
Flowers of all kinds.
Come all, gather them, they are the flowers of Paradise.
Alexandrina surely has a message for young
people. Youth needs to pick the flowers in this garden, to learn in this school.
That explains and justifies the existence
of this site.
Who are those
responsible for “Alexandrina & Youth”?
writer is a secondary school teacher, so his work brings him in daily contact
with young people. For almost 10 years he has written a column for young folk in
the journal, The Voice of Youth.
He has published an anthology of
Alexandrina’s writings, a book which has already gone into a second edition.
Through his biography he is familiar with her works and is in frequent contact
with the active propagators of Alexandrina’s Cause throughout Europe and the
Some people have asked for translations of
this page in their respective tongues. The Mexican doctor, Yolanda Astrid is
to a make a Spanish version. Alphonse Rocha, of the
Académie de Reims
will render it into French, and a
New Zealand writer will anglicise it.
The page has a capable and ambitious team
so we invite you, the young people who have visited us here, to live this
adventure with us, it will inevitably be an adventure of discovery and intimacy
with Jesus Christ.
She was Goodness Personified.
In an interview which Father Ismael Matos
conducted one day with Father Humberto Pasquale, a familiar point was made in
the following way:
However, if you really want me to
capitulate in a few words what was most extraordinary and convincing about this
soul in our eyes it was her goodness.
She was goodness personified.
She had about her this goodness which
immediately elevated one’s thoughts to God and gave Alexandrina the aura of an
She is an excellent companion for any and
all of us.
Translation © Leo Madigan 2005