An angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Get up, take the child and his mother, and flee to Egypt, and remain there until I tell you; for Herod is about to search for the child, to destroy him.” Then Joseph got up, took the child and his mother by night, and went to Egypt, and remained there until the death of Herod. This was to fulfill what had been spoken by the Lord through the prophet, “Out of Egypt I have called my son.”
Who would have thought I would be writing to you on your sixtieth birthday from prison! How many things have happened during those sixty years! In these sad times it is enjoyable to recall the past. Still, those good times will return, and I hope it will be soon.
Right now, various ones are trying to find some way for me to be interned in a German priory of our Order, similar to what was done for Father Bulters. But we will just have to wait and see whether they can do anything for me. I have put the entire matter into the hands of St. Joseph who took the Virgin and the Infant Jesus into Egypt. Like Jesus and the Virgin, I trust in his powerful protection. Please join me in this prayer.
I am well enough, given the circumstances. You’ll see how I come out of this, and afterwards make up for lost time.
Letter from Kleve transit camp to his brother Hendrik
3 June 1942
Man according to the Heart of God
you whose heart was afire with ardent charity
and whose life was a constant prayer and continual contemplation,
direct us in the way of perfection.
Obtain for us the grace of which we stand in need,
(mention your request)
in order to arrive at the sanctity to which we are called
particularly, a spirit of prayer, humility,
and surrender to God’s will, of which you were the model.
Arribas O.Carm., M 2021, The Price of Truth: Titus Brandsma, Carmelite, Carmelite Media, Darien, Illinois.
All scripture references in this novena are from the New Revised Standard Version Bible: Catholic Edition, copyright © 1989, 1993 the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America as accessed from the Bible Gateway website.
Don’t become discouraged and give up prayer, says St. John of the Cross. We offer varying novenas to Our Lady of Mount Carmel, as well as novenas to St. Teresa of Avila, St. John of the Cross, St. Thérèse of Lisieux, Sts. Louis and Zélie Martin, St. Elizabeth of the Trinity, St. Edith Stein, and St. Joseph.Let us unite in prayer