Quote of the day: 16 June

O Jesus, what ingratitude and misjudgment, that the people, among whom you generously journeyed, reward your love with the demand:
“To the Cross with Him”.


But you must have felt even more oppressed that Pilate, under the pretense of administering the law as if without guilt and impotent to this demand, despite the statement of finding no guilt in You, condemns You to the most barbaric and scandalous Crucifixion. But You endure it and keep silent.

O Mary, how that savage cry of the people and that unjust judgment of Pilate, like a sword of affliction, must have pierced the heart. But You also endure it and remain silent like Jesus, Your Son.

How difficult it is for us
to tolerate an unjust verdict.

Blessed Titus Brandsma
Meditation on the Stations of the Cross, 1942

Christ before Pilate_Regnier VAN GHERWEN
Christ before Pilate
Reynier van Gherwen (Dutch, 1620-1662)
Oil on canvas, mid 17th century
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest

After one month in the protective custody camp in the prison at Kleve, Germany near Aachen, Blessed Titus Brandsma was transferred 13 June 1942 to KL Dachau concentration camp, where he died from lethal injection on 26 July  1942.

Read Blessed Titus Brandsma’s Meditations on the Stations of the Cross, written in the Scheveningen prison, 1942, here.

Read more English translations of the works of Blessed Titus Brandsma here.

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