listen to specialists, we know that they are able to explain, simply and
graphically, the subject under discussion; they lead us to the heart of
the matter by a direct and well-defined path. Therefore I’m quoting a
lady who, at the present time, is the most knowledgeable person on
Blessed Alexandrina’s life and work, the Italian teacher Eugénie
Signorile. Although 91 years of age she continues, with great lucidity,
and passion, to write book after book on Alexandrina. From today we will
post in the Monthly Page passages from a small work she wrote, entitled
Alexandrina, Voglio Imparare da Te!, “Alexandrina, I Want to
Learn from You!”, which was published in 2004. The author calls it “a
vademecum”, a short synthesis of practical passages from Alexandrina’s
work. We will need about one year to present the work, which starts like
all people followed Jesus’ steps, true peace would finally reign. But
also, if all
the true Christians, the “healthy” members of the mystical Body of
Christ, peace, the establishment of the kingdom of God would take place
here, on this Earth.
Blessed Alexandrina is one of these models to follow. Many times Jesus
told her that she was humanity’s guide:
into the world to be the school of all humanity.
In you, maidens learn to keep the white lilies of their purity for Me;
In you the old and the young, the rich and the poor, the wise and the
In you all learn to love Me in suffering, to take up their cross.
life, my daughter, is a school of love, a school of pain.
so much want to shout out loud to tell all humanity to learn from your
life: it is a wise school, it is a sublime school; it is a school which
teaches every aspect of the divine life. S (28-03-52)
daughter, celestial gift, all your life speaks to them. All your life is
a continuing guidance. Your forced smile, your moans, all your resigned
suffering speaks to their hearts; it captivates them, attracts them, and
they come to Me. You are the Missionary of Jesus. This sublime mission
will continue with more glory, more splendour, when you come to Heaven.
darkness of your room (the light wounded her eyes) invites souls
to reach out for great things: it is a foretaste for them. Your small
room preaches to them and it will always preach to all that enter it.
All your life preaches to them, and this preaching will be extended to
the entire world. S (28-01-55)
bedroom, your life, how many lessons do they give to the world!
It is a
divine school that teaches men; it is God’s light which shines in the
darknesses. S (11-02-55)
therefore we want to live as true Christians, to participate in the
redemption of poor humanity, let’s go to Alexandrina’s school. This
school is accessible to us through her writings, dictated in obedience
to her spiritual directors, with that sense of sacrifice and love for
souls, which was her mission.
if the volumes of such writings are simply buried in libraries, how
can people come to know of them? That's why we need anthologies.
have intended to extract from them a small collection of thoughts and
sentences to carry with us in daily life: a small vademecum to be a
stimulus and aid to every
Christian who truly loves and does not want to squander his life here on
goes on to place the name of her husband and collaborator, Professor
Chiaffredo, alongside her own, even though he passed on years ago),