Blessed Titus Brandsma was a Dutch Carmelite friar, Catholic priest and professor of philosophy. He died in Dachau after speaking out against the Nazis and was beatified by the Catholic Church as a martyr of the faith.
As we mark the 81st Anniversary of Blessed Titus Brandsma’s visit to North America, we continue to prepare for his feast day and the feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel by recalling his deep and profound love for Mary. With such great devotion to Our Lady, Blessed Titus would make the most of every opportunity to speak about her, as is evidenced by the following passages.
All of us should feel the sparkle in us and all of us together should give expression to our devotion to Mary. We must offer homage, and praise to Mary and make ourselves known as her children. We should consider it a great honor to be known as being dedicated to her.
When he was Rector Magnifus at the Catholic University of Nejmegen in the Netherlands in 1932, where he taught philosophy and the history of mysticism, he wrote:
There was once a virgin who became the Mother of God-made-man. She presented us with God as Emmanue.l The latter died on the cross to allow us to live in union with God and to fill us with his grace. ………. She is called to direct our gaze towards God.
My friend, don’t be amazed that I am so happy to wear this habit. It is a sign of Mary’s protection. I have so much trust in her, actually I have certainty of her help.
Carmelites see in Mary the true contemplative of the Word. Mary who is our Mother, Sister and Patroness, shows us how to listen to the Word and put it into practice in our own lives. Carmelites are the Brothers and Sisters of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mount Carmel.
As we celebrate the Feast of Blessed Titus Brandsma, let us allow her to direct our gaze to her Son, Jesus Christ. May we be clothed in her loving protection as we entrust ourselves to her with confidence in the certainty of her help.
Our Lady of Mount Carmel,
Pray for us