I came across an interesting little piece by Blessed Titus Brandsma. He wrote in Dutch, so I hope I’m faithful to what he has to say. “We are not called to proclaim in public big, conspicuous and hotly disputed things. That would be against the simplicity we intent to practise. But it is our duty to do the ordinary things in a grand manner, i.e. with a pure heart and with the strength of our whole being. We don’t desire to stand at the front and be acclaimed on account of our achievements to which the people of the world look up. We just want to be noticed for our simplicity and sincerity.” I think we can all say “Amen” to that!
Titus was born in Bolsward (Holland) in 1881, joined the Carmelites and was ordained in 1905. He earned a doctorate in philosophy in
Rome and then taught in various
schools in .
After that he taught philosophy and mysticism in the Holland Catholic
University in , where he also served as Rector
Magnificus. Under the Nazi occupation he spoke up for the freedom of the press
and the Jews and against the Nazi ideology. He was arrested and eventually killed
in the Nijmegen .
John Paul II beatified him on 3 November 1985. Dachau
I’m very grateful to my colleagues at Aylesford Priory and their wider community for invoking the intercession of Titus for my wellbeing. At the moment I’m feeling fine, ready for my second chemo session on 28th March. Once again my thanks for your prayers too.
Piet Wijngaard, O.Carm.