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.
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.