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Titus Brandsma - Letters from Prison Scheveningen, March 5, 1942. admin Thu, 2013-08-15 00:00

Very Reverend Fr. Prov., Fr. Prior; Rev.me, Confreres, Brother, Sisters, Brother-in-law, Children, Friends,

Once again, greetings from cell 577. Now I am here already over six weeks. But I hold out quite well. My health is all right. February 21, I had a little warning, a bit of fever and pains that made me fear that the kidney inflammation of December, 1939, would reappear. Also I asked for the doctor. But while I was afraid that it would turn worse, when the doctor arrived the next day,

Letter to Confreres and Family - Titus Brandsma admin Wed, 2013-08-07 00:00

Letters from Prison Scheveningen German Police Prison February 12, 1942.

Fr. Provincial, Fr. Prior, Reverendissime, Confreres, Brother, Sisters, Brother-in-law, children, friends,

Very best greetings from cell 577 Scheveningen. I am alone here. Two by four (meters) and the height is also four. A cell dwelt in becomes sweet, says Thomas à Kempis. I already feel at home here.

My Timetable - Bl. Titus Brandsma admin Thu, 2013-08-01 00:00

"Now read, now pray, now work with fervor; so time will pass quickly and work will be easier."

On the first days I had some difficulty in fixing up a timetable; but now that I have been here for a week and know the order of things I have tried to follow a daily rule. It is difficult to do everything to time for, firstly, the ordinary things of the prison routine do not keep exactly to the clock and, secondly, it is not easy to know what time it is.

Father Titus is Arrested - Letters Written in Prison

 

January 19, 1942: Father Titus is Arrested

Having spent the night in Arnhem, I was told that I must spend another night there. With these words I was brought into cell 577 on January 20. Next morning I had to be ready at half past eight to be tried at the Hague. This would probably be finished in the afternoon, and in view of my health I would probably be allowed home. On the night of January 21,

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On the 70th anniversary of Blessed Titus Brandsma's death in Dachau - Journalists and martyrs

Seventy years ago, on 26 July 1942, Fr Titus Brandsma was killed in Dachau. This is the Dutch Carmelite who was elevated in 1985 to the honour of the altars and proclaimed, along with St Francis de Sales, co-patron of journalists. Already in the 1930s he denounced the anti-Christian component of Nazism,  and continued to do so – with the support of the bishop – even after the Germans invaded the Netherlands.

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As Carmelites We live our life of allegiance to Jesus Christ and to serve Him faithfully with a pure heart and a clear conscience through a commitment to seek the face of the living God (the contemplative dimension of life), through prayer, through fraternity, and through service (diakonia). These three fundamental elements of the charism are not distinct and unrelated values, but closely interwoven. 

All of these we live under the protection, inspiration and guidance of Mary, Our Lady of Mount Carmel, whom we honor as "our Mother and sister."