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Blessed Alexandrina

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A Blessed Call to Love takes inspiration from the life of Blessed Alexandrina da Costa, the little saint of Balasar (30 March 1904 – 13 October 1955), who was crippled and eventually became bed-ridden as a result of untreated injuries sustained in the course of an attempted rape when she jumped out of the upstairs window of her own home to escape several local men who attacked her, her sister and a friend. She was fourteen at the time. Pope John Paul II beatified Alexandrina on April 25, 2004. She has been identified as “a model of purity and perseverance in the Faith for young people today.”

A Blessed Call to Love joins with all who see in the good humoured suffering of this contemporary mystic an image of our times: the tragedy of violence and the transforming victory of loving kindness and its healing power. Her life represents an astounding explosion of the divine in a world mesmerized by secular materialism and its selfish greed. Her spiritual message is simple: Change your life, sin no more, pray the Rosary, receive the Eucharist. Alexandrina teaches us how to take all that is sad and painful in life and make it noble through the healing power of transforming love. The secret of her holiness is nothing other than her love of Christ.

Read her story at the Alexandrina de Balasar website

Prayer

Merciful God,
you have enhanced your Church
with the example of Blessed Alexandrina da Costa.
She lovingly united her life
to the passion of your Son
so that in every part of the world
the worship of the Eucharist
and devotion to the Immaculate Heart of Mary might be set on fire.
Through her intercession
grant that we too may become true dwelling places
of the Holy Spirit and committed bearers of your love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you
and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.

 

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