“This program is the third and final in a series on the life and death of Blessed Titus Brandsma. In this program Frances and Mark discuss the last months of Titus’ life spent in a Nazi concentration camp. They explore both Titus great lows, his moments of near despair and loss of hope, and also his ultimately victory in overcoming his own will. Titus’ life is an example that few of us will ever have to experience; he was called to a particularly high degree of sanctity. But at the same time, it can serve as a model for what all of us must go through on some level, the overcoming of our individual desires and our self will. We see again the importance of the individual cell for a place of refuge in the interior life, but in Titus’ case even that cell must ultimately be abandoned to the will of the Father. Titus must go to his own Cross by completely abandoning himself to the mercy of the Father. His ultimate death, at the hands of his captors, is a testament to the struggle with evil, lived out in the most horrible circumstances of deprivation and cruelty. His life is truly a Witness to Hope.”
In this second program on Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite Friar who ultimately was martyred during WWII, Mark and Frances continue the discussion of Titus’ contribution to the history of Mysticism. They discuss some of his more significant writings, his theology regarding the importance of creating a sacred space within our hearts, our cell, his political activities against Nazi tyranny, and the central role the virtue of Hope played in his life. Both Titus Brandsma’s teachings, and most significantly his life, serve as models of how we are to conduct ourselves on the path to holiness.
“The Carmelite Order has no shortage of martyrs, especially during the Second World War, and one of the most well known is Titus Brandsma. Fr. Titus Brandsma was a renowned professor of Philosophy, very active in the development of Catholic education, and a significant contributor to the field of journalism on behalf of Catholic causes. In this conversation Mark and Frances discuss Titus’ early life, his call to Carmel, his growing reputation as a voice of reason against the backdrop of the horrors of WWII, and his efforts to communicate the beauty of the interior life which he found in Carmel. Titus was both a great philosopher and someone keenly aware of the power of they mystical life. He was able to combine these two disciplines in a way that allowed him to both understand and deal with the tragic events of his time.”