An investigation conducted by the Curia of Braga resulted in
a circular letter written by the Archbishop which contained a series of
"prohibitions" regarding Alexandrina's case. It was the result of a negative
verdict made by a commission of priests.
In addition and by way of spiritual comfort, after her
spiritual director, a Jesuit priest who had helped her from 1934 to 1941,
stopped assisting her, a Salesian priest, Fr Umberto Pasquale, came to her aid
Nourished only by the Eucharist
On 27 March 1942, a new phase began for Alexandrina which
would continue for 13 years and seven months until her death. She received no
nourishment of any kind except the Holy Eucharist, at one point weighing as few
as 33 kilos (approximately 73 pounds).
Medical doctors remained baffled by this phenomenon and began
to conduct various tests on Alexandrina, acting in a very cold and hostile way
towards her. This increased her suffering and humiliation, but she remembered
the words that Jesus himself spoke to her one day: "You will very rarely receive
consolation... I want that while your heart is filled with suffering, on your
lips there is a smile".
As a result, those who visited or came into contact with
Alexandrina always found a woman who, although in apparent physical discomfort,
was always outwardly joyful and smiling, transmitting to all a profound peace.
Few understood what she was deeply suffering and how real was her interior
Fr Pasquale, who stayed close to Alexandrina throughout these
years, ordered Alexandrina's sister to keep a diary of her words and her
In 1944, Alexandrina became a member of the "Union of
Salesian Cooperators" and offered her suffering for the salvation of souls and
for the sanctification of youth. She kept a lively interest in the poor as well
as in the spiritual health of those who sought out her counsel.
'Do not offend Jesus anymore!'
As a "testimony" to the mission to which God had called her,
Alexandrina desired the following words 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!".
Alexandrina died on 13 October 1955. Her last words: "I am
happy, because I am going to Heaven".