Fr Titus Brandsma
his courage and kindness is a model for us all!
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God is there. And we are called to tell those around us about God and His Salvation despite the fact it may be the unpopular view in our world today.
"He who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come in conflict with it." Bl Fr Titus Brandsma wrote.
Fr Titus who was pronounced "Beata" in 1985 (first step to sainthood) also wrote this:
awareness of Thy love
shall fall my way but I
trouble is a white-lit joy
have Thee alone,
with me, Jesus, only stay;
Father Titus Brandsma, O.Carm
A true hero, he was one whom Hitler put in the concentration camp for his Catholic beliefs and opposition to the Third Reich. He was chosen for the horrendous Nazi medical "experiments". When his body was worn out and no longer useful for their horrific experiments, a doctor gave him a shot of carbolic acid to end his life. One of the nurses had been fallen away from the church for quite a while but felt guilty about the murdering the priest. The priest's kindness and love impressed her and she asked him if he would hear her confession which he did. She returned to the Catholic church shortly after. Fr Titus was a Carmelite priest.
Fr Titus walked the way of the Cross in the concentration camp but still, was known for his courage and kindness:
“He has been beaten terribly in Dachau. His little jacket was covered with blood but ‘it’s not worth troubling about.’ With a few words he silenced any further comment. Then he would reflect for a few quiet moments and offer some thoughts from Teresa of Avila to whoever would listen to him.” — Brother Raphael Tijhuis, 1946, a Carmelite who was with Titus in the concentration camp, which Brother Raphael survived.
“The ‘Kretiner aus Holland’ [the cretin from Holland] has in the short time that he was with us often been severely beaten, so that his face was covered over with blood. But he kept up his courage, and his spirit could simply not be broken.” — H. A. C. Jansen
“His spirit could simply not be broken. Any thought of revenge was far from him: thus he could say his Our Father in silence while in the presence of his attackers.” — R. Höppener
It is difficult to speak God's message in the presence those who know what is right but don't want to hear it. Even IF spoken with kindness and respect, it will cause the messenger to be attacked in some way. But Bl. Fr Titus sends us all, a message of consolation. God is hidden from us but not well hidden if we search for Him. He won the victory over evil and He is with us, right by our side!
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