December 15, 2014

Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa

Blessed Alexandrina Maria da Costa was born in Balasar, Portugal on March 30, 1904. From 1942 until the day of her death, October 13, 1955, she lived with the Eucharist as her only food.

For a period of 40 days, while in the Foce del Douro Hospital near Operto, she was under the continual care of several doctors. They witnessed her ability to live under this absolute fast.

All this did not occur in a vaccuum. Seventeen years before the fasting began, at age 21, she was paralyzed and left bedridden. Her attitude afterwards was a product of her faith. She told her Lord, “As you are a prisoner in the tabernacle and I am a prisoner on my bed for doing Your will, so we can keep ourselves company.”

Also, from Friday, October 3, 1938 until March 24, 1942, for up to 182 times, she mystically relived the sufferings of His Passion.

She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on April 25, 2004.

Source: “The Eucharistic Miracles of the World,” a Vatican international exhibition, as reported by The Real Presence Eucharistic Adoration Association,


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