Today, we remember the Carmelite martyr Blessed Titus Brandsma.
He was born in Bolsward (The Netherlands) in 1881. Became a real scholar in spirituality and mysticism, but bravely spoke up against the Nazi regime about the freedom of the press, the right of life for the Jews and the evil of Nationalism. He was arrested and was eventually killed in Dachau in 1942 by a lethal injection.
The prayer for his canonisation reads:
“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 [Mention requests]. 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. Amen.”
Blessed Titus Brandsma, pray for us.
Our photo shows the icon of Titus at the National Shrine of Saint Jude. Our online shop sells various items connected to Blessed Titus: books; medals.