“L'AMOR CHE MUOVE IL SOLE
E L'ALTRE STELLE”
THE LOVE THAT MOVES THE SUN AND THE OTHER STARS
Few people have
immersed themselves so deeply into the life and writings of Blessed Alexandrina
as Eugénie Signorile; she has tried to express her huge fascination for the
Beata in a succession of books that she has written.
The last, issued a few days ago, has a very original title: "L'Amor che Muove il
Sole e l'altere Stelle," "The Love that moves the Sun and other Stars." The
sentence is the last verse of Dante’s Divine Comedy.
Let’s look at
the full verse:
A l'alta fantasia qui mancò possa;
ma già volgeva il mio disio e 'l velle,
sì come rota ch'igualmente è mossa,
move il sole e l'altre stelle.
cover illustration of “L’Amor che muove il sole
e l'altre stelle”, is by Brenda Hunter
To the high
fantasy here failed the forces,
moved my wish and sails,
Like a wheel
that is moved,
The love that
moves the sun and other stars.
The author once
wrote that she had an obsession with love. She was sure that she wanted to fill
the pages of the book with this Joanine theme. Love is in the headings of its
I. How Jesus
between Jesus and Alexandrina.
IV. How the
The original title of the book was "The Protagonists of Love." Naturally, they
were the protagonists that appear in these titles: Jesus, Alexandrina and the
Mother of God.
The book closes with a vision of Alexandrina’s, told to Fr. Pinho in a letter of
10th September 1940:
(the 8th), the birthday of our Heavenly Mother (this is the reason
for this ecstasy on Sunday, perhaps the only one), arose a picture in my
soul that has not yet disappeared. (...)
She contemplated the earth from high Heaven, with her eyes fixed on poor
Her blessed Heart was in an almost mortal pain.
With her head tilted towards the earth, She didn’t take Her blessed gaze from
it, a gaze full of tenderness and compassion.
But oh, what a painful sight, what a wounded heart! How much our Heavenly Mother
One of the illustrations by Elisabeta Alberti
already Tuesday and this scene has not disappeared from my mind: it seems that
it is engraved in me forever.
An hour didn’t yet gone since I felt Her gaze again inclined towards earth,
without being able to lift Her eyes from it, and from them ran two sources of
tears, tears of deep pain that bathed the earth."
"Will be this scene also be engraved in our hearts?
Yes! The hearts of many who participate in the flame of love with these models
will gradually be brought to the building of a world of justice and peace in
which, finally, the Immaculate Heart will triumph!
(Fatima, 13th July 1917)
On the back
cover is one of those extraordinary eulogies that Jesus often addressed to
Blessed Alexandrina and that naturally place her among the highest names of
want 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.”
The authorship of the book is attributed to Blessed Alexandrina; it contains
several original illustrations (two by Brenda Hunter and the other by Elisabeta
Alberti): the publisher is Mimep-Docete.