Braga, Portugal, Mar 21, 2022 / 13:30 pm
Blessed Alexandrina of Balazar influenced Venerable Pius XII to consecrate the world to the Immaculate Heart of Mary in 1942.
On March 25, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary at the request of the Latin Rite bishops of Ukraine in wake of the Russian invasion of the country Feb. 24.
An excerpt from the book "Blessed Alexandrina, a living miracle of the Eucharist" by Kevin Rowles says that the blessed was one of the "great Catholic mystics of modern times."
Alexandrina was born in Balazar, fewer than 20 miles southwest of Braga, on March 30, 1904 and was raised in the Catholic faith. In her 20s she became bedridden after being injured while escaping from an attacker. On April 14, 1925 Alexandrina was laid in bed, completely paralyzed, not to get up for the remaining 30 years of her life.