The cross was prepared, lacked
colloquy of 5th December 1947, Jesus spoke to Bld. Alexandrina as
are my victim, to you I have entrusted the highest mission. And as
proof of this listen carefully to what I say to you and understand it
Almost a century ago I sent to this parish the cross as signal of your
crucifixion. I did not send a cross of roses, because the cross didn’t
grow roses, only thorns; nor was it of gold, because your virtues and
your heroism would be the precious stones that would decorate it. The
cross was of earth, because it was from the earth that the cross grew.
cross was prepared; it lacked the victim, but already in the divine mind
it had been chosen; that victim was you.
has increased, the wave of sin has reached its high point, the victim
must be immolated; you came, the world’s sacrificial lamb.
now you will leave earth for Heaven, but the cross will remain until the
end of the world, and it will always be mine.
was the human perversity that prepared mine, and it was the same human
perversity that prepared yours.
how admirable are the designs of the Lord! How they are great and
admirable! How many enchantments they have!
years later, on 21st of January 1955, He insisted:
than a century ago I showed a cross to this beloved land, a cross
awaiting a victim. Everything is proof of love!
Balasar, if you do not respond to me...
of earth for the victim who was taken from nothing, the victim chosen by
God and who always existed in the eyes of God!
victim of the world, but so enriched with celestial graces, who has
given all for Heaven and who, for love of souls, accepts all!
Trust, believe, my daughter! I am here. Repeat your "I believe".
Signoriles, in the prologue of their book Figlia del dolore, madre di
amore, in a chapter headed, "The Cross and the Crucified", first
give a full description of Balasar, then write:
some years after 1832, Balasar was place of pilgrimage to honour a Cross
which had appeared mysteriously in the earth, a few meters from the
actual church. To protect this Cross a Chapel, which still exists, was
built. It has the date 1832 carved into the rock lintel of the door.
During these years a Brotherhood was formed to promote a feast of the
Holy Cross of Balasar.
Little more than a century later, Balasar has come to be the object of
numerous pilgrimages: the people are attracted by the fame of
Alexandrina Maria da Costa, who lived here, "crucified", for many
writings of the Bld. Alexandrina there are some polemical texts,
apparently even heretical. The following, which occupies a prominent
place among them and which has deep bearing on the Cross, was written on
All Saints Day, 1944: Write everything, write, my daughter.
what I say you remained hidden, it would have no value to the world.
Mother of the sinners, new redeemer, save them, save them.
are the new redeemer chosen by Christ.
was never nor will there ever be a victim immolated in this way, because
there was never so great need as today. The world has never sinned so
Nineteen centuries have passed since I came to the world and I bring now
the new redeemer chosen by Me to remind the
world what Christ suffered, what pain is, what love is and how
intensely love thirsts for souls.
are the new redeemer that comes to save them, you are the new redeemer
that inflames in humanity the love of Jesus, the new redeemer that will
be spoken of as long as the world remains.
calls her ‘redeemer’ six times in this passage. The great student and
recognised interpreter of the Beata, Fr. Umberto Pasquale, when
translating her writings into Italian, substituted ‘co-redeemer’ for
this word. And in a note to the text that we have given here, explains
the substitution thus:
word "redeemer" is used in the original. To understand exactly what is
meant, it must be seen in the context. You see, it is Jesus himself who
operates in Alexandrina: He affirms this many times.
Head of the mystical body He acts in each one of His members; He makes
proper their acts and enriches them with His infinite merits; He offers
them to Eternal Father as if they were His own to attract grace for
their souls. "It is God who gives the increase... we are useless
servants", as St. Paul teaches. That is so true that the mystical soul
knows, by experience, that it does not do anything; it feels itself
without proper will; it is not the owner of anything; it does not count
except in union with Jesus.
life is a perpetual abandonment to Him; it feels itself unable to do
anything whatever, except sin, if it lacks the aid of the Most High.
whole of Alexandrina’s diary speaks about this, and confirms it.
it is; there is no doubt that those words - and there are others similar
– make a great impression. Fr. Uumberto quotes them in the preface of
Cristo Gesù in Alexandrina.
Cross of Balasar did not appear by chance.