We live in a time of radicalism. Let us not be overwhelmed by the radicals of worldly wisdom but let us be radical as well. The axe to the root. Elias in the desert, despondent. Ambulavit in fortitudine cibi illius usque ad montem Dei Horeb (“He walked in the strength of that food forty days and forty nights, unto the mount of God, Horeb”; 1 Kg 19:8). The Spirit of God came upon him.
We must continue to bear witness. Loquebantur variis linguis (“They spoke in many languages”; Cf. Ac 2:4). There are many languages. No language is better understood than the language spoken by example. The spoken word is something, but it needs, Our Lord says it Himself in the Gospel, the confirmation of the deed. Words awaken, examples attract. The gift of language is much, but it is only a small part of human witnessing. When we are united with God, He confirms our word by His grace. Domino confirmante sequentibus signis (“The Lord confirming the word with signs that followed”; Cf. Mk 16:20). Our deeds must bear witness to God. Also our words in our surroundings, in what we say and write, but especially in the line of conduct we follow. With the spirit of God animated.
Blessed Titus Brandsma
We recall the beatification of Titus Brandsma in St. Peter’s Basilica on Sunday, 3 November 1985.Excerpt from the Homily of St. John Paul II