initiation this basilica had had the assistance of the Jesuits. Having
been exiled by the Republic they were now returning to that town. When
Fr. Mariano Pinho arrived to take account of the direction of the
Messenger of the Heart of Jesus, his colleagues had already been
there for four years.
message of Saint Margaret Mary had acquired current notice with the
publication of the encyclical letter Miserentissimus Redemptor ("The
Most Merciful Redeemer"). This encyclical letter, that explains the
theological basis and the meaning of reparatory expiation, was published
in 1928. Fr. Mariano Pinho was to quote this paragraph of it in his
biography of Alexandrina, On the Calvary of Balasar:
wickedness of men has been greatly increased, at the same time, a
marvellous increase has been made in the number of the faithful of both
sexes, who, by the inspiration of the Holy Ghost, eagerly endeavour to
make satisfaction for the many injuries offered to the Divine Heat; nay
more, they do not hesitate to offer themselves to Christ as victims.
and in following years, the Messenger repeatedly wrote about
Saint Margaret Mary and her director, at that time "Venerable"
Colombière. Also, there was an artistic arrangement that repeatedly
appeared opening those articles, where this axiom could be read: "To
suffer, to be silent, to repair". Indeed it is the same one that the
Beata of Balasar would adopt, in 1933: "To suffer, to love and to repair".
Since then the Beata is, clearly, in the same league as Saint Margaret
was on 30 of July 1935 that the name of Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque
explicitly appeared in a letter to Fr. Pinho. Then Jesus spoke thus:
your spiritual Father that, in proof of the love that you dedicate to my
Most Holy Mother, I want an act of consecration of the whole world to be
made every year on a feast day chosen by you - the Assumption, or the
Purification, or the Annunciation - asking the Virgin without the stain
of that sin which shames and confuses impure ones, that they may draw
away from sin and not offend Me any more. Just as I asked Saint
Marguerite Mary to have the world consecrated to my Divine Heart, so
I ask you to have it consecrated to Her with a solemn feast.
Margaret Mary will appear again in a colloquy, but much later, on 1 of
October 1954; the text emphasises the parallels between Bd. Alexandrina
and the French saint:
Jesus came and, on an impulse, his love fortified me more and thus spoke
my daughter: I am with you. Heaven, with its whole power, is with you".
moment, through the wound of his Divine Heart came out a flash so great
and so luminous that its rays radiated everything. Shortly afterwards,
from his divine Wounds emanated rays that rent my feet and my hands!
From his holy Head to mine also passed a "sun" that rent my whole brain.
about the first flash and the rays that emanated from his Divine Heart,
Jesus said with all clarity:
daughter, just as with Saint Margaret Mary