On 13 June 1942, Saint Titus Brandsma, chained to a Protestant pastor, was loaded onto a cattle car and transported to Dachau. As he left the platform, he said: "nothing bad can happen to me, because the Lord is with me."
Blesed Titus’ chief preoccupation in Amersfoort Camp was the needs of others. He had been in the camp barely two weeks when dysentery struck. Hundreds around him died, but Titus recovered enough to be released from the infirmary on March 30, 1942, the Monday of Holy Week that year. During his convalescence he visited those who were worse off than he was.
Right now, various ones are trying to find some way for me to be interned in a German priory of our Order... I have put the entire matter into the hands of St. Joseph who took the Virgin...
The Gospel spoke today about the love of enemies, that ability to reach out to those who persecute. Titus had that opportunity and lived it out so well. He had the ability to say, “You must love him, but perhaps not all the time, not all day, not at each moment.”
I sacrifice my days of suffering for my parish... with God's help I hope to persevere
So that they can find in the captivity of their bodies, freedom for their soul
I am quite alright.
He bore everything with patience and love
Find in the captivity of their bodies, freedom for their soul
Blessed Alphonsus Maria Mazurek was born on the 1st of March in 1891 at Baranowka, near Lubartow, Poland.
Père Jacques of Jesus offers this meditation on the virginity and maternity of Mary
I am quite all right in my solitude... God is near to me
Père Jacques of Jesus was the French Carmelite whose bravery during Nazi occupation inspired the film, 'Au Revoir, Les Enfants'