An Aquainance with Saints:
Blessed Titus Brandsma
He was born with the name Anno, in Holland on February 23, 1881. As a child
His parents encouraged their children in religious vocations, and thus sent Anno to a Franciscan school. It was evident that he learned much from the brothers, because he joined their order in 1898, taking Titus as his religious name. He was later ordained on June 17, 1905
Due to his love of writing and journalism, he soon became the spiritual advisor to more than thirty different Catholic newspapers. He took a stand against the Nazis and Hitler and hand delivered letters from the bishops telling the newspapers not to print anything promoting the Nazis.
Unfortunately, the Nazis soon heard about Titus’s controversial beliefs and actions and
Yet it was not long until the guards at the camp did not have a use for Titus and killed him with a lethal injection on July 26, 1942.
What Can We Learn?
Blessed Titus was able to use his talents of writing and communication to spread the word of God, even in a hostile enviroment. Are you ready to speak about your belief in a hostile enviroment?
Blessed Titus also gave the ultimate sacrifice – his life in martyrdom for the sake of Christ. Are you ready to sacrifice your life? Keep in mind that this might not be your life on earth. It could be your social life, and your popularity. The world despises those with courage enough to stand up for God. Are you ready to give up your pleasure-filled life on earth in exchange with a joy-beyond-imagination life in the next world?
What We Can Pray
God our Father, your servant, Blessed Titus Brandsma, labored 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 request.)
Lord, help me always to imitate the great faith, generous love and burning zeal of Blessed Titus Brandsma. Glorify your servant as he strove to glorify you. Amen
Mary, Mother of Carmel, pray for us.
Blessed Titus Brandsma, Carmelite martyr, plead for us