From the Scheveningen prison, Titus Brandsma writes: "There was no holy card of the Virgin Mary in my breviary, yet her image is obligatory in the cell of every Carmelite; I had to find a solution for this..."
St. Oscar Arnulfo Romero was martyred on 24 March 1980 as he celebrated Mass in the chapel of the Divina Providencia cancer hospital in San Salvador, El Salvador. We have the English translation of his homily from 16 July 1977, which he preached in the Church of Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Santa Tecla El Salvador.
The world is in flames: do you wish to put them out? Contemplate the cross: from his open heart, the blood of the Redeemer pours, blood which can put out even the flames of hell.
He proclaimed human dignity and the freedom of the Church, even in the throes of degrading persecution and death
At the end of January we had to go to Maastricht about our affairs and to Amsterdam at the end of March
May the prayers of your martyrs Blessed Alphonsus Mary and companions, prevail with you, Lord, on our behalf
She found the strength not to betray priests and friends of the community, facing death with integrity
On 22 April 1909, the agent tore the scapular from Blessed Isidore’s neck, had him pinned to the ground, and then beaten
Let Carmel echo joyfully the dying hymns that soared above when Compiègne so gladly gave its greatest witness to God’s love
I am quite alright.