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Devotion to The Immaculate Heart of Mary

Alexandrina Maria da Costa, a.k.a. Alexandrina Maria de Balasar

Deolinda da Costa

Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J.

Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B.



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Alexandrina Maria da Costa
a.k.a.
Alexandrina Maria de Balasar
[b.  Wednesday, March 30, 1904 - d. Thursday, October 13, 1955]

 
Monday, October 21, 1901Maria Ana da Costa, Alexandrina Maria da Costa’s Mother, had an illicit affair with António Gonçalves Xavier.  During this time, with António's empty promise of marriage to her, Maria Ana gave birth to her first Child, a Daughter, Deolinda da Costa , on Monday, October 21, 1901.

Wednesday, March 30, 1904Three years later, Maria Ana da Costa gave birth to her second Child, also a Daughter, Alexandrina da Costa, at Gresufes, a Portuguese hamlet located in the parish of Balasar, Póvoa de Varzim, on Wednesday, March 30, 1904.

Holy Saturday, April 2, 1904.  Alexandrina was Baptised three days after her birth at the parish church of Saint Eulalia.  Her Uncle, Joaquim da Costa, was her God-Father and a family friend, also named Alexandrina, from the nearby village of Gondifelos, was her God-Mother.


Large Crowds of Pilgrims Came to the Home of
Alexandrina Maria da Costa, Seeking her Intercession with God

When she became older, Alexandrina Maria da Costa was destined to become a famous Portuguese Roman Catholic Mystic to whose humble home thousands of Pilgrims would flock to ask for her prayers and intercession with God and Our Blessed Mother for their intentions.

But, before that, when Alexandrina was still very young, her Father, António Gonçalves Xavier, ended his illicit affair with her Mother, Maria Ana da Costa, running off with another woman.  Maria Ana da Costa was a young Mother who now was abandoned by her lover to feed and care for her two Daughters all by herself. The last that was heard of António Gonçalves Xavier was that he had departed for Brazil.

Dressing as a Widow, Maria Ana da Costa dedicated herself entirely to her two young Daughters.  Beginning from this time period, her contemporaries describe Maria Ana as a woman of prayer, and of Charity, who tried to help others by visiting the sick, assisting the dying by praying for them during their death agony, clothing the dead for their funerals, and trying to help those who were more poor than herself.

According to her Autobiography, begun in 1940 at the request of her Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J., and which Alexandrina dictated to her Sister, Deolinda da Costa , while her Sister sat at her bedside, Alexandrina says that when she was young, she went with other girls to the countryside, and once there, she would run from them and pick some flowers that later she would use to make flower carpets for Senhora das Dores (Our Lady of Sorrows) Church in Póvoa de Varzim.

Also in her Autobiography, she says that one day, as she began to bleed from a crown of thorns on her head, Jesus Christ spoke to her and called her Alexandrina das Dores, Alexandrina of Sorrows.


1918

March, 1918.  When she was 14 years old, her life was totally changed. Her former employer, along with two or three other men, tried to break into her room. To escape them, Alexandrina jumped 13 feet from a window down to the ground.  She barely survived. Her spine was broken from the fall and she suffered gradual paralysis that confined her to bed from the year 1925 onwards. She remained bed-ridden until her death in 1955.


1931

1931. Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J. met Alexandrina Maria da Costa for the first time and realized that he was in the presence of a genuine mystic.


1933

August 16, 1933. Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was in Balasar preaching at a triduum for the Feast Day of the Assumption.  When Alexandrina heard about this, she related to her Sister, Deolinda da Costa , that her great wish was that Mass might be celebrated in her bedroom.

She requested Deolinda to ask Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. if this would be possible.  Thus, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. became the Spiritual Director for both Alexandrina and her older Sister, Deolinda.

Monday, November 20, 1933Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. offered Mass in Alexandrina's bedroom for the first time.  She was greatly overwhelmed with both joy and gratitude.  Later she said:

“With that first Mass, Our Lord began to increase His tenderness towards me, and at the same time He increased the weight of my cross.  Blessed be the Grace which, in His goodness, is never lacking to me”.

1935

1935. Jesus requested Alexandrina to request that the Holy Father Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

But Roman Catholic Church authorities wanted proof of the Divine origin of this request before submitting this request to the Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, in the Vatican.

1935.  Alexandrina received a series of messages from Jesus Christ, warning that a Second World War [World War II] would take place as a punishment for the sins of mankind.  This war could only be prevented by the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Jesus Christ urged Alexandrina, through her Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., to petition the Holy Father to perform the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Alexandrina was also requested to pray and to offer her sufferings so that the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary would happen.  From thenceforth, she offered everything for this intention.


1936

September, 1936. Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was initially hesitant about carrying out this request, but Our Lord’s insistence, relayed through Alexandrina and accompanied by her pleas, finally convinced him to act.

In September, 1936 he wrote to Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, who was then Secretary of State of the Vatican, who later become the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII [Thursday, March 2, 1939 - Thursday, October 9, 1958], and who passed on the request that Jesus Christ had given to Alexandrina to send to the Holy Father to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


1937

1937.   In 1937, and again in 1939, the Holy See sent a prominent theologian to Balasar, Father Paul Durao, to investigate the claims being made by Alexandrina and her Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.


1938

1938. Alexandrina began to experience the pain of the Passion of Christ as the proof of the Divine origin of the request for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

June, 1938. Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., the Spiritual Director of Alexandrina, had providentially been assigned to preach a Spiritual Retreat, based on the Spiritual Exercises of Saint Ignatius DeLoyola, to all of the Roman Catholic Portuguese Bishops who were gathered together at Fatima for this purpose.

Alexandrina prayed and offered many sufferings that these Bishops would ask the Holy Father for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

When the Spiritual Retreat ended, as a result of Alexandrina's prayers and sufferings, as well as Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.’s powers of persuasion, the Roman Catholic Bishops of Portugal wrote, and then sent, a collective letter to the Holy Father, the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XI, in which they petitioned the Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

“Most Holy Father, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, and all the Archbishops and Bishops of Portugal, have met at the Sanctuary of Fatima at the feet of the Blessed Virgin Mary to renew, in a spirit of thanksgiving, the Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart which We had previously made.  Most especially during these last two years, this Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart has saved Portugal from the perils of Communism.  With joy, We rejoice because of this very great and miraculous Blessing granted to Portugal by the Mother of God.  In view of this Miracle, the entire Episcopate of Portugal now humbly prostrates itself at the feet of His Holiness, earnestly beseeching His Holiness to Consecrate the Entire World to this most pure Heart as soon as His Holiness judges what is the best time to do this so that, at last, the world  might see itself delivered once and for all from the very great perils that threaten it from every side, so that, by the mediation of the Mother of God, the soverign peace of Christ will reign.”
Alexandrina was overjoyed to hear about this petition to the Holy Father by the Bishops.  But the price to be paid for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary would be heavy and, by the Holy Will of God, it was she who was chosen to pay it.  Christ Himself was very clear about this when He told her:
“As a sign that it is My Will that the World be Consecrated to the Immaculate Heart of my Mother, you will suffer My Passion until the Holy Father makes the decision to do this Consecration.”
But World War II was soon to break out in Europe.  Our Lord lamented this fact explaining to Alexandrina that He had no choice.  Justice required that He punish humanity by this war because of the innumerable and terrible sins being committed throughout the entire world.

It should be noted that this explanation confirms part of the message of Our Lady of Fatima when she told the little children that that God was going to punish the world for its sins by means of “war, famine, persecutions of the Church and of the Holy Father”.  Alexandrina once again offered herself as a victim of atonement for the sins of mankind.

Sadly, the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XI [Monday, February 6, 1922 - Friday, February 10, 1939] never did the requested Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.  There are those who fault Pope Pius XI for not doing the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary because their position is that this terrible omission brought forth the horrors of World War II.

At that time, Roman Catholic Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, who later became Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII, was the Vatican Secretary of State of the Vatican.  According to proper protocol, Cardinal Pacelli had first received this letter of petition by the entire Portuguese Episcopate and, after reading it, as was part of his job description, gave it to Pope Pius XI for further consideration.


1939

Friday, February 10, 1939.  Roman Catholic Pope Pius XI, Achille Ratti [Monday, February 6, 1922], died at the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City.

Thursday, March 2, 1939.  Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli was elected to the papacy, taking the name of Pope Pius XII [Thursday, March 2, 1939 - Thursday, October 9, 1958].

Our Lord informed Alexandrina that it was Pope Pius XII who would be the Holy Father who would perform the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

At this point in time everything was ready:

1)  Jesus Christ had already made known to Alexandrina the crucial need for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.

2)  Already, the Holy Father, Pope Pius XII, had been made aware of this necessity back in June, 1938, when, as Eugenio Cardinal Pacelli, being the Vatican Secretary of State, according to proper protocol, he was the one who had first received and read the letter of petition by the entire Portuguese Episcopate to forward to Pope Pius XI their request for the Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

3)  In order to speed up the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, Alexandrina would be the Victim Soul to endure the suffering of the Passion of Jesus Christ.

It was after Alexandrina had freely consented to undergo Christ’s Passion in order to hasten the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, that she was given a number of disturbing revelations from Our Lord in which she saw the perilous state of Souls and the enormity of sin throughout the entire world.

In addition, she was also shown the most terrible visions of World War II.

Our Lord explained to Alexandrina:

“Every moment countless sinners are provoking the wrath of God on the world:  the most tremendous wrath. Woe to them if they are not converted!  Poor world, whatever will become of it! Penitence, penitence throughout the world! Penitence! Oh world, acknowledge your crimes or you will be destroyed! Woe to the world because of sin! Divine Justice cannot be withheld anymore.”
Alexandrina valiantly responded to the request of Christ for reparation on behalf of miserable sinners, crying out:
“O my Jesus, I want to suffer all! I want to be crushed by you! I am your victim . . . but do not punish the world.  I wish to be the lightning conductor of your wrath.”
The only visible, physical signs of what happened to Alexandrina during these Passion ecstasies were severe falls which usually caused severe bruising on her body.  The reason why no other signs were visible is because she had humbly begged Christ not to give her the stigmata or any other visible sign of His Passion.

Alexandrina underwent these extremely painful ecstasies each Friday for three hours, from 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. for a total of about 180 Fridays.  During these ecstasies, she did not see or hear anything around her, despite the most vigorous efforts that were used from time to time.

Nevertheless, she did respond to whatever verbal, and even, as if by a miracle, the purely mental, commands which her Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., gave to her.  Before undergoing this Passion each week, Alexandrina's human nature suffered a mounting sense of terrifying fear, in anticipation of what was about to happen to her, as the time for the Passion ecstasy got closer and closer.


1940

1940.  This was the year in which she began dictating her Autobiography, including all of her mystical experiences and all of the mystical verbal messages she received, to her Sister, Deolinda da Costa , while her Sister sat at her bedside.  This was done at the request of her Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J.


1942

Holy Week, 1942.  Alexandrina’s pain greatly increased and once again she appeared to be on the verge of death.

Holy Thursday, 1942.  On Holy Thursday evening, Alexandrina felt a little better.  She noticed that she was not  experiencing her usual fear of approaching the Friday Passion ecstasy.  She did not know what the reason was for this, but she felt confident that she would not have to endure another Friday Passion ecstasy the next day, Good Friday.

Good Friday, 1942.  She learned the reason for the obvious absence of her usual Friday Passion ecstasy on Good Friday morning when Our Lord informed her that the Holy Father had made the decision to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

But it was not until Saturday, October 31, 1942, that the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII actually performed the required Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Despite the fact that Alexandrina experienced great joy when the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary was finally done, her work of suffering was not finished because it entered a new phase:  a fast for 13 years during which time she would miraculously live only on the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.

March, 1942.  According to Alexandrina's Autobiography, beginning in March, 1942, and for about 13 years thereafter until her death in 1955, she received no food except the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist.  Her weight dropped to about 73 pounds. She was examined by medical doctors, with no conclusion.  This total fast was medically verified in 1943 in the Refúgio da Paralisia Infantil.


Alexandrina in Ecstasy
Note the pen in the right hand of Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.
(lower left corner in above photo)
Who was sitting next to her bed, taking notes of what she said.

Thursday, October 1, 1942.  Alexandrina da Costa lost her first Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., because of a flood of false, and extremely very vicious, slanders and lies.

This Satanic misinformation campaign was begun, in part, by the blatant lies and false statements of Father José Augustine, a.k.a. Agostinho, Veloso da Silva, all of which were later denounced as being totally false by many people who were witnesses on behalf of Alexandrina at her so-called "trial".  Some of these same witnesses also defended Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. from a variety of diabolical, unprovable "rumors" at this "trial".

Apparently the lies against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. had been made up in a campaign of obvious retaliation against him for several reasons?

One reason seems to have been for his being the Spiritual Director of Alexandrina and thereby defending her credibility as a true mystic, as well as defending her moral integrity, not to mention his own, both of which had come under attack by certain human agents of Satan.  In other words, the evil people did not want to give Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.  any opportunity to defend Alexandrina.  They hated him for trying to defend himself from their litany of lies against him.

Yet another apparent reason was in retaliation against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. for the two letters he personally wrote to Pope Pius XII in which Father Pinho, S.J. pleaded with the Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Another reason was most probably a jealousy issue on the part of Father José Augustine, a.k.a. Agostinho, Veloso da Silva against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.?

For the record, Father José Agostinho Veloso da Silva [b. at Favaios, county Alijó on November 20, 1894 - d.  ?  ] had credibility issues, to say the least.  For example, for very serious reasons, this NEW Theology Theologian (an automatically excommunicated Modernist Heretic), was forbidden to preach in the Dioceses of Lamego and Porto.

Some have considered this NEW Theology Theologian to be what they called a madman.

Despite the heroic defense of Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., Father received an order from his Superior to totally terminate all relations with Alexandrina which were “direct or indirect; personal or written”.

Those who hate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and who did not want the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, were able to punish Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. by getting him out of the way and having him sent to a Minor Seminary of the Society of Jesus.

Saturday, October 31, 1942.  Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII Consecrated the Roman Catholic Church, and also the World, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Tuesday, December 8, 1942.  Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII renewed the Consecration of the Roman Catholic Church, and also of the World, to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.


1944

Friday, June 16, 1944.  Not content with their bogus claims and false accusations against both Alexandrina and also against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., the campaign of character assasination against both of them became even stronger when the "trial",  a.k.a. Commission, which had been appointed by the Archbishop of Braga, stated in its report of Friday, June 16, 1944 that there was nothing extraordinary in the life of Alexandrina!

This opposition was, at least in part, based on the a priori rejection of the extraordinary nature of what was happening with Alexandrina.

This rejection was based on the highly questionable verdict against Teresa Neumann which, about 20 years before then, had been presented at the Gregorian University by the Jesuit Priest, Father Paul Siwek, S.J., where he said in part that he had:

“the gravest doubts about the genuineness of the marvels attributed to Teresa,” but that those doubts did not exclude the possibility of “solid Christian virtues and genuine mystical states”!
This is double-talk!  The psycho-babble of a NEW Thology Theologian who was an automatically excommunicated Modernist Heretic!
Therese Neumann [b. at Konnersreuth in Bavaria, Germany, either on Friday, April 8, 1898, or on Saturday, April 9, 1898 - d. at Konnersreuth in Bavaria, Germany, on Tuesday, September 18, 1962] was a German Roman Catholic mystic and stigmatic.
June, 1944. Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B., a renowned Priest of the Salesian Order, visited Alexandrina for the first time.  He became her second Spiritual Director.
He encouraged Alexandrina to continue to dictate her Autobiography, including all of her mystical experiences and the mystical verbal messages she received, to her older Sister, Deolinda da Costa , who remained at her beside for long periods of time.

Thoroughly imbued with the Salesian charism of service to youth, he asked her if she would offer some of her sufferings and prayers for the salvation of youth.

1944.  Alexandrina joined the “Union of Salesian Cooperators”, offering her suffering for the salvation of souls and for the sanctification of youth.


1945

February 26, 1945.  Alexandrina consented to become a Salesian Cooperator, offering her sufferings and prayers in union with Salesians all over the world, for the salvation of everyone, but especially for youth.

Alexandrina had her certificate of enrolment as a Salesian Cooperator hung on the wall of her room, and she said:

“How many times I look at my certificate and offer my sufferings united to all of you for the salvation of the young”.

1948

1948Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B. was sent by his superiors to do other work, which meant that Alexandrina had to rely on other Priests to bring her daily Holy Communion.  She said in her Autobiography that on those occasions when no Priests were available, Jesus Christ Himself would bring her Holy Communion.


1955

Thursday, October 13, 1955.  On the morning of Thursday, October 13, 1955, the 38th anniversary of Our Lady’s last appearance at Fatima and the day on which the miracle of the sun took place, Alexandrina received a vision of the Immaculate Heart of Mary who said to her:

“I am about to take you”.
She received Holy Communion for the last time at 8:00 a.m., and afterwards delivered her final poignant message to those present in her room, and to all humanity, crying out:
“Do not sin. The pleasures of this life are worth nothing.  Receive Communion.  Pray the Rosary every day. This sums up everything.”
Alexandrina suffered extreme pain throughout the whole day, which she bore with great fortitude to the very end.  At 8:00 p.m. she kissed the crucifix for the last time.

Alexandrina died at the village of Balasar, Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal, at 8.29 p.m. on Thursday, October 13, 1955.

Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B. was in Italy at this time and was unaware that Alexandrina had died.  On the day after her death, he offered Mass in the morning as usual, and afterwards was approached in the sacristy by an elderly woman.

Thinking that she wanted to go to Confession, he asked her to wait in the Confessional and said that he would be with her shortly.  He was amazed when this woman told him that she did not want to go to Confession, but rather that she had a message for him from Our Blessed Mother.

The woman told him:

“When you were saying Mass, Our Lady appeared to me and asked me to tell you that Alexandrina is dead and is in Heaven”.
The woman said that she did not know who Alexandrina was.  She also informed Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B. that Our Lady had told him not to worry, and that Alexandrina was with him.  Three days later he received a letter from another Salesian Priest confirming her death.

Sister Lucia of Fatima wrote to Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B., saying:

“May the Lord grant that Alexandrina's cause of Beatification advance as quickly as possible, for the glory of God.  It is necessary that such a materialistic world sees that there are still souls capable of being raised into the realms of the supernatural.”
Based on her request, the following words were written on her tombstone:
“Sinners, if the dust of my body can be of help to save you, come close, walk over it, kick it around until it disappears. But never sin again: do not offend Jesus anymore!  Sinners, how much I want to tell you.... Do not risk losing Jesus for all eternity, for he is so good. Enough with sin. Love Jesus, love him!”.


Addenda


Alexandrina in Ecstasy

Friday, May 22, 1942.  Alexandrina da Costa, during an ecstasy, shouted:

“Glory, glory, glory to Jesus! Honour and glory to Mary! The Holy Father [Pius XII] has decided in his heart to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary!” (Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., Sous le ciel de Balazar, Alexandrine Marie da Costa, p. 105; Vitte, Lyon, 1958, 150 pages).
Based on the advice of her second Spiritual Director, Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B., Alexandrina continued to dictate her Autobiography, including the mystical verbal messages and also her other mystical experiences, to her older Sister, Deolinda da Costa , while her Sister sat at her bedside.

Her Autobiography was first begun in 1940 at the request of her first Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J.

According to Alexandrina's Autobiography, Jesus spoke to her at one point saying:

“You will very rarely receive consolation... I want that while your heart is filled with suffering, on your lips there is a smile”.
In her final years Alexandrina increasingly prayed for the Church.

Our Lord told Alexandrilna that the Church was facing a “great crisis”:

Tell my ministers to be vigilant, for the devil is preparing a massive assault on the Church . . .
She also underwent an astounding array of profound mystical experiences, such as a mystical marriage with Jesus, a coronation by Our Lady, and a piercing by darts of unspeakable love from a flight of angels.  An incredibly beautiful fragrance emanated from her that was even noticed in other parts of the village.  Alexandrina was unaware of this, but Jesus told her that it was the perfume of her Virtue.

Thousands of people continued to visit Alexandrina on a daily basis, and she constantly exhorted them to live the message of Fatima, crying out:

“Make reparation to Our Lord in the Adorable Eucharist! Penitence! Penitence! Penitence! Pray the Rosary devoutly every day.  Practice the First Saturday devotion. Consecrate yourselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary through the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.”
Alexandrina pleaded with Catholics to practice the First Saturday Devotion which includes, among other things, not only the Communion of Reparation, but also personally Consecrating themselves to the Immaculate Heart of Mary by saying a personal prayer of Consecration to her Immaculate Heart on every First Saturday, and by always wearing the Brown Scapular, because Our Lady Herself has promised to assist, with the Graces necessary for eternal salvation, those who practice these Devotions, as Our Lady had promised in 1925.

Our Lady had revealed the First Five Saturday devotion on Thursday, December 10, 1925 to Sister Lucia of Fatima, saying:

“ . . . I promise to assist at the hour of death, with the graces necessary for salvation, all those who, on the first Saturday of five consecutive months, shall confess, receive Holy Communion, recite five decades of the Rosary, and keep me company for fifteen minutes while meditating on the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary, with the intention of making reparation to me.”
The Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, was given by Our Lady in the 13th Century to Saint Simon Stock of the Carmelite Order at Aylesford in Kent, England, with the promise that those who die wearing it shall not suffer eternal damnation.

Ever since then, it has been worn by the Laity, as well as by the professed Religious of the Carmelite Order, most especially by the Laity since Fatima, as a sign of personal Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary and also as a pledge of her Maternal protection.  Countless Saints have recommended its use, and it has consistently received Papal approval.

Formerly, only Carmelite Priests could enrol people in the Brown Scapular of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, but now the Holy See has extended the faculty to all Priests, so that as many as possible may reap the benefits of this great devotion.


Deolinda da Costa
[b. on Monday, October 21, 1901 - d. ?  ]

Photo of Deolinda da Costa , the older Sister of Alexandrina Maria da Costa.


Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J.
 [b. Tuesday, January 16, 1894 - d. Thursday, July 11, 1963]

Tuesday, January 16, 1894.  Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J. was born at Oporto, a.k.a. Porto, Portugal.

Porto (Portuguese), a.k.a. Oporto (English), is the second largest city in Portugal, after Lisbon, Portugal, and one of the major urban areas in Southern Europe.
1906 to 1910.  He studied at the Apostolic College of the Holy Trinity, in Guimarães, where he attended secondary school. In 1910 he went into exile because of persecution by the First Republic.
Guimarães is a northern Portuguese city located in the district of Braga, in the Ave Subregion which today is one of the more industrialized subregions of Portugal.
Wednesday, December 7, 1910.  He entered the Society of Jesus at Exaten, the Netherlands.

1913 - 1915.  He studied the Humanities and Rhetoric at Vieille Montagne, Belgium.

Vieille Montagne is also known by its German name: Altenberg, a.k.a. Alten Galmei-Berg, Belgium.
1915 - 1918.  He studied Philosophy at the Monastery of San Salvador de Oña in Oña, a municipality in the province of Burgos, Castile and León, Spain.

1919. His Religious Superior sent him to Father António Vieira College in the City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints, a.k.a. Cidade de São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, Brazil.  While there, he taught classes in writing and founded a magazine:  Legionnaire of the Missions.

1923.  From Brazil he was sent to Portugal and from there he was sent to Innsbruck, Austria, where he studied theology.

1926.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was Ordained a Roman Catholic Priest at Innsbruck, Austria.  Although there is a Jesuit Church in Innsbruck, most probably the Bishop of Innsbruck Ordained Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. in his own Cathedral - Dom zu St. Jakob, St. James' Cathedral, often, although incorrectly, called St. Jacob's Cathedral.

1927 - 1928.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. completed his Religious one year post-Ordination Novitiate training at Paray-le-Monial, France, thus completing the required three years of Jesuit Novitiate (two years before beginning classes in Philosophy).  The Jesuit Order has been in this town since 1618. Most probably it was here that Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. learned much about the Sacred Heart of Jesus Devotion, including the First Firday Devotion, etc.  This would have prepared him, perhaps, to be somewhat more rececptive to the Spiritual experiences of Alexandrina?

Paray-le-Monial is a commune in the Saône-et-Loire department in the region of Burgundy in eastern France.  It is best known to Roman Catholics for its Romanesque church of the Sacré-Coeur, Sacred Heart, and as a place of pilgrimage because it was here that Christ revealed the Devotion to His Sacred Heart, along with 12 special Promises, to Sister Saint Margaret Mary Alacoque, a Religious of the Visitation Order and an Apostle of the Devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus [b. at Lhautecour, France, on Monday, July 22, 1647 - d. at Paray-le-Monial, France on Tuesday, October 17, 1690].
1929.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. graduated from the Jesuit Roman Catholic Pontifical University Seminary of Saint Anthony of Padua in the town of Comillas (Cantabria), Spain where he received a degree in Theology.

1929.  From Spain, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was sent to Portugal, returning from exile, and went to Póvoa de Varzim, Portugal where he became a lecturer, a preacher, and a tireless promoter of Marian Devotions as well as a promoter of a Eucharistic Crusade for Children.

Póvoa de Varzim is a Portuguese city in the Norte Region and sub-region of Greater Porto.
1931.   Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. met Alexandrina Maria da Costa and realized that he was in the presence of a genuine mystic.

August 16, 1933.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was in Balasar preaching at a triduum for the Feast of the Assumption.  When Alexandrina heard about this, she related to her Sister, Deolinda, that her great wish was that Mass might be celebrated in her bedroom.  She requested Deolinda to ask Father Pinho, S.J. if this would be possible.  Thus, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. became the Spiritual Director for both Alexandrina and her older Sister, Deolinda.

Monday, November 20, 1933.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. offered Mass in Alexandrina's bedroom for the first time.  She was greatly overwhelmed with both joy and gratitude.  Later she said:

“With that first Mass, Our Lord began to increase His tenderness towards me, and at the same time He increased the weight of my cross.  Blessed be the Grace which, in His goodness, is never lacking to me”.
Wednesday, December 27, 1933. Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. moved to Lisbon, Portugal, where he held the position of director of the magazine Brotéria until 1935.  Father also directed the various Marian Congregations in religious colleges.  Father also frequently preached in local parish churches.

1933 - 1936.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. is still stationed in Lisbon, Portugal and becomes involved with the House of Writers of Cardinal Saint Robert Bellarmine.

September, 1934.  Alexandrina contacts Father Pinho, S.J. about a message she was given by Christ.  As a result, as her Spiritual Director, Father Pinho, S.J. requests that for the future any and all messages she receives from Christ shouls be written down.

Friday, September 11, 1936.  Father Pinho, S.J., the Spiritual Director of Alexandrina, transmitted the request for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary to the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XI through the intermediary of his Secretary of State, the Roman Catholic Cardinal Pacelli (the future Pope Pius XII). The Holy See then ordered the Roman Catholic Apostolic Nunciature of Lisbon, Portugal to initiate an inquiry into the matter.

June, 1938.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. was given the responsibility of preaching a Spiritual Retreat at Fatima to the Roman Catholic Portuguese Bishops.  At his suggestion, when the Retreat ended, the Roman Catholic Portuguese Bishops wrote a collective letter to the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XI in which they petitioned the Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

“Most Holy Father, the Cardinal Patriarch of Lisbon, and all the Archbishops and Bishops of Portugal, have met at the Sanctuary of Fatima at the feet of the Blessed Virgin Mary to renew, in a spirit of thanksgiving, the Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart which We had previously made.  Most especially during these last two years, this Consecration to Her Immaculate Heart has saved Portugal from the perils of Communism.  With joy, We rejoice because of this very great and miraculous Blessing granted to Portugal by the Mother of God.  In view of this Miracle, the entire Episcopate of Portugal now humbly prostrates itself at the feet of His Holiness, earnestly beseeching His Holiness to Consecrate the Entire World to this most pure Heart as soon as His Holiness judges what is the best time to do this so that, at last, the world  might see itself delivered once and for all from the very great perils that threaten it from every side, so that, by the mediation of the Mother of God, the soverign peace of Christ will reign.”
Monday, October 3, 1938.  Less than four months after this letter of petition was sent to the Pope, our Lord sent an external supernatural sign to Alexandrina.  This special sign was to prove to the Pope that Christ's request for the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary was genuine; that it was of Divine origin.

This supernatural sign consisted of Alexandrina’s mystical participation, both physically and spiritually, in the Holy Passion of our Lord.  This supernatural sign began at noon and ended at 3:00 p.m. every Friday until it ended the Friday before Good Friday, March 27, 1942 under the Pontificate of the Roman Catholic Pope Pius XII, who had made his decision to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. sent two letters, which were of the same tenor as that of the Roman Catholic Portuguese Episcopate's letter, to Pope Pius XI's Secretary of State, Eugenio Cardinal Paccelli.

Thursday, March 2, 1939.  Eugenio Cardinal Paccelli was elected Pope, taking the name Pius XII.

March 20, 1939.  Eighteen days after the election of Eugenio Cardinal Paccelli as the Roman Catholic Pope, who took the name of Pius XII, Our Lord informed Alexandrina:

“This is the Pope who will make the Consecration. The Pope of the golden heart has resolved to Consecrate the World to the Heart of Mary... The whole world belongs to the Divine Heart of Jesus, the whole world will also belong to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.”
1942.  Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. held his position of Spiritual Director of Alexandrina and her Sister Deolinda until 1942. He had had the burden to petition Pope Pius XII to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.  Pope Pius XII did in fact do this on Saturday, October 31, 1942.

Saturday, August 29, 1942.  The false, slanderous, unproven, and unfounded verbal persecution of Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. began.  Father was thereupon compelled to live at a Roman Catholic Seminary in Vale de Cambra, Portugal.

Vale de Cambra is a city in the Vila Cha parish of Vale de Cambra Municipality in Portugal.
Thursday, October 1, 1942.  Alexandrina da Costa lost her first Spiritual Director, Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., because of a flood of false, and extremely very vicious, slanders and lies.

This Satanic misinformation campaign was begun, in part, by the blatant lies and false statements of Father José Augustine, a.k.a. Agostinho, Veloso da Silva, all of which were later denounced as being totally false by many people who were witnesses on behalf of Alexandrina at her so-called "trial".  Some of these same witnesses also defended Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. from a variety of diabolical, unprovable "rumors" at this "trial".

Apparently the lies against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. had been made up in a campaign of obvious retaliation against him for several reasons?

One reason seems to have been for his being the Spiritual Director of Alexandrina and thereby defending her credibility as a true mystic, as well as defending her moral integrity, not to mention his own, both of which had come under attack by certain human agents of Satan.  In other words, the evil people did not want to give Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.  any opportunity to defend Alexandrina.  They hated him for trying to defend himself from their litany of lies against him.

Yet another apparent reason was in retaliation against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. for the two letters he personally wrote to Pope Pius XII in which Father Pinho, S.J. pleaded with the Pope to Consecrate the World to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Another reason was most probably a jealousy issue on the part of Father José Augustine, a.k.a. Agostinho, Veloso da Silva against Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.?

For the record, Father José Agostinho Veloso da Silva [b. at Favaios, county Alijó on November 20, 1894 - d.  ?  ] had credibility issues, to say the least.  For example, for very serious reasons, this NEW Theology Theologian (an automatically excommunicated Modernist Heretic), was forbidden to preach in the Dioceses of Lamego and Porto.

Some have considered this NEW Theology Theologian to be what they called a madman.

Despite the heroic defense of Father Mariano Pinho, S.J., Father received an order from his Superior to totally terminate all relations with Alexandrina which were “direct or indirect; personal or written”.

Those who hate the Immaculate Heart of Mary, and who did not want the Consecration of the World to The Immaculate Heart of Mary, were able to punish Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. by getting him out of the way and having him sent to a Minor Seminary of the Society of Jesus.

Friday, June 16, 1944.  Not content with their bogus claims and false accusations against both Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. and Alexandrina, the campaign of character assasination against both of them became even stronger when the "trial",  a.k.a. Commission, which had been appointed by the Archbishop of Braga, stated in its report of Friday, June 16, 1944 that there was nothing extraordinary in the life of Alexandrina!

This opposition was, at least in part, based on the a priori rejection of the extraordinary nature of what was happening with Alexandrina. This rejection was based on the highly questionable verdict against Teresa Neumann which, about 20 years before then, had been presented at the Gregorian University by the Jesuit Priest, Father Paul Siwek, S.J., where he said in part that he had:

“the gravest doubts about the genuineness of the marvels attributed to Teresa,” but that those doubts did not exclude the possibility of “solid Christian virtues and genuine mystical states”!
This is double-talk!  The psycho-babble of a NEW Thology Theologian!

From February, 1946 until 1953.   Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. lived at Father António Vieira College in the City of the Holy Saviour of the Bay of all Saints, a.k.a. Cidade de São Salvador da Bahia de Todos os Santos, which is the largest city on the northeast coast of Brazil and the capital of the Northeastern Brazilian state of Bahia.

1951 - 1952.  Father Pinho, S.J. taught Religion, Latin, and Portuguese.  He was the Spiritual Director of the students, the Marian Sodality, and was involved in a Eucharistic Crusade, an assistant of Catholic Action, assisted the local diocesan director of the Apostleship of Prayer, was an editor, a writer and a ecclesiastical censor of books.

Father António Vieira College is named after the famous Portuguese Jesuit Priest, Father António Vieira, S.J. [b. at Lisbon, Portugal on Wednesday, February 6, 1608 - d. at Bahia, Portuguese Colony of Brazil on Thursday, July 18, 1697].
From 1953 until 1963. Father Mariano Pinho, S.J. lived at Father Manuel da Nóbrega College in Recife, Brazil and was a Professor of French at the Faculty of Philosophy at this College.
Father Manuel da Nóbrega College is name after Father Manuel da Nóbrega, S.J. (old spelling Manoel da Nóbrega) [b. 1517 - d. 1570] was a Portuguese Jesuit Priest.  He was the first Provincial of the Society of Jesus in colonial Brazil. Together with Father José de Anchieta, S.J., Father Manuel da Nóbrega, S.J. was very influential in the early History of Brazil, and participated in the founding of several cities, such as Recife, Salvador, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, and many Jesuit Colleges and seminaries.
Father José de Anchieta, S.J. [b. at San Cristóbal de La Laguna, Canary Islands on Monday, March 19, 1534 - d. at Reritiba, Espírito Santo, southeastern Brazil, on Monday, June 9, 1597] was a Spanish Jesuit Missionary Priest to Brazil in the second half of the 16th century.
Thursday, July 11, 1963.  Father Mariano Pinho Carvalho Monteiro, S.J. died at Recife, Brazil.

His Religious Superior later wrote to the Holy See that:

“He suffered, like the Saints, the worst slander and tribulations without regret and without his Spiritual joy being broken.”
His Eminence, Manuel Gonçalves Cardinal Cherry, said of Father Mariano Pinho, S.J.:
“He was a Saint.”


Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B.

Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B. [b. at Vignole Borbera, near Turin, Italy, on  Saturday, September 1, 1906 - d. at Rivoli, Turin, Italy, on Tuesday, March 5, 1985].

June, 1944. Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B., a renowned Priest of the Salesian Order, visited Alexandrina for the first time.  He became her second Spiritual Director. He encouraged Alexandrina to continue to dictate her Autobiography, including her many mystical experiences, etc., to her older Sister, Deolinda da Costa .

Thoroughly imbued with the Salesian charism of service to youth, he asked her if she would offer some of her sufferings and prayers for the salvation of youth.

Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B. was also a close friend of Sister Lucia of Fatima.

1948. Father Umberto Pasquale, S.D.B.  was sent by his superiors to do other work,

Photo of Deolinda da Costa , the older Sister of Alexandrina Maria da Costa, with Father Umberto (Humberto) Maria Pasquale, S.D.B.

 


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