Loving God, your servant, Titus Brandsma, laboured zealously in your vineyard and gave his life freely because of his faith in you. Through his intercession I ask for your mercy and help. Father, Titus never refused when he was asked for help by your people. In his name, I come to you with my needs:
Lord, help me always to imitate the great faith, generous love, and burning zeal of Titus Brandsma. Glorify your servant as he wished to glorify you. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Carmel, pray for us.
Titus Brandsma, Carmelite and Martyr, pray for us.
WHO IS BLESSED TITUS BRANDSMA?
BLESSED TITUS BRANDSMA, PRIEST AND MARTYR; FEAST DAY: JULY 27
Born at Bolsward (The Netherlands) in 1881, Blessed Titus Brandsma joined the Carmelite Order as a young man. Ordained a priest in 1905, he earned a doctorate in philosophy in Rome. He then taught in various schools in Holland and was named professor of philosophy and of the history of mysticism in the Catholic University of Nijmegen, where he also served as Rector Magnificus. He was noted for his constant availability to everyone.
He was a professional journalist and in 1935 he was appointed ecclesiastical advisor to Catholic journalists. Both before and during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands, he fought, faithful to the Gospel, against the spread of Nazi ideology and for the freedom of Catholic education and of the Catholic press. For this he was arrested and sent to a succession of prisons and concentration camps where he brought comfort and peace to his fellow prisoners and did good, even to his tormentors. In 1942, after much suffering and humiliation, he was killed at Dachau. He was beatified by John Paul II on 3rd November 1985.
PRAYER BEFORE AN IMAGE OF JESUS CRUCIFIED:
(“Before a Picture of Jesus in My Cell”
12th-13th February 1942)
Dear Lord, when looking up to thee,
I see thy loving eyes on me;
love overflows my humble heart,
knowing what faithful friend thou art.
A cup of sorrow I foresee,
which I accept for love of thee.
Thy painful way I wish to go;
the only way to God I know.
My soul is full of peace and light,
although in pain, this light shines bright.
For here thou keepest to thy breast
my longing heart, to find there rest.
Leave me here freely all alone,
in cell where never sunlight shone.
Should no one ever speak to me,
this golden silence makes me free!
For though alone, I have no fear;
never wert thou, O Lord, so near.
Sweet Jesus, please abide with me;
my deepest peace I find in thee.
(The above poem was composed by Titus Brandsma in the prison of Scheveningen.
Translated by Father Albert Groeneveld, O.Carm.)
– This information is from a leaflet on Blessed Titus Brandsma by:
The Friars, Aylesford, Kent ME20 7BX; web: http://www.thefriars.org.uk (external link).