From the Montly Page of December 2005
The quatrain, a four-line verse, was in Alexandrina’s time very
popular. During pilgrimages, both male and female voices improvised
challenging quatrains. There were often lengthy dialogues, more or
less poetical and public, and even courting couples addressed each
other in verse, that is, in quatrains. It is not to be wondered at,
therefore, that Alexandrina, who was very intelligent, also learned
the art. And she learned it well, as can be seen here, even if
translation can’t show it in the best way:
joyfully, my soul,
The Infant God is being born!
It is to give Heaven to you
That He became so tiny.
My heart beats wings,
Flying to the crib where he lies :
To give Jesus all,
To serve and to love Him.
The fire that devours me,
I inherited it from my Jesus.
It began in the crib
And it took Him to the Cross.
am hungry for Jesus ;
I run to the crib
To eat of His virtues :
Only they keep me alive.
If you look carefully, the subjects in these quatrains are her
constant themes: the Cross, the redemption, limitless,
unconditional love of Jesus, who is for her the "Everything" that
stoops down to her "nothing". Let’s observe as she declares this
radical passion in the following prayer, a prayer that is not much
longer than an ejaculation:
Jesus, my eyes, my smiles are Yours, the palpitations of my heart
and all my being – my life and death, my time and eternity – they
are all Yours.
Chiaffredo and Eugenie Signorile published a book with the title
Venite a Me - Richiami di Gesù, that is, "Come to Me. Jesus’
Appeals". Really, Jesus’ appeals are very abundant in the
Feelings of the Soul’s pages. Here they are some of them:
beloved souls, go, holy souls, go and conquer souls!
am hungry, I am thirsty! Bring them to my Divine Heart.
ask for them, I ask for them: I do not want to be offended!
Form armies. Teach, conquer, nail yourselves to the life of
am the Lord, the Lord Jesus, who came to earth to fulfil the will of
name of Him I ask for reparation, reparation and love.
am hungry, I am thirsty! Come and satiate me!
is the hunger and thirst of love that devours my heart.
am hungry, I am thirsty! I will say as I said long ago when I
lived on earth: If you knew who asks you for a drink!
Just as I asked the Samaritan at the well for water, today I ask for
the love of hearts.
you knew who is this beggar of love... It is Jesus who asks to be
loved: believe Me. I thirst for love, I thirst for purity, I
thirst for victim-souls!
do not want the souls come to me through fear and force. Poor souls,
it is enough for them to experience remorse and the fear of having
There are many priests who want to take the souls by the force and
intimidation, but such methods are useless. If only they would speak
to them of the tenderness, mercy and love of my Divine Heart!
Jesus comes down from Heaven and He speaks through His spokeswoman.
Listen, my children:
will be my children if you love Me and follow my Law.
will belong to my Father: burn yourselves in my love. I will give
you all the graces you need.
will be my children if you profess my Law.
will be my children if, for love of me you take up your cross.
will be my children if for love of me you will be apostles of
This Christmas, may young people take to heart these appeals that
our Saviour, the eternal Son of God who came to live among the men,
directs towards them. The matter is urgent. No more time can be
lost: "I am hungry, I am thirsty!”, Jesus repeats.
"Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good