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Thought for the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Thought for the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“A Lesson in Love”

Her name reflects her beloved spiritual sister and fellow Carmelite, Teresa of Ávila and her fate of sharing in the Cross of Christ in a very tangible, visible way. Edith, now Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, viewed her own life as a sacrificial offering to God for her people. In 1939, she offered her life to God for all those she loved:  for the Church, for the Carmelite Order, for the Jewish people, for her family, and for “the deliverance of Germany and peace throughout the world.”   Rather than give in to despair, darkness and hopelessness, Edith offered her own life and sufferings to God for others—even for those who murdered her.   She saw herself as her brothers’ keeper and asked Our Lord to accept her life for theirs.

A Jewish businessman from Cologne, Julius Markan, who had been put in charge of the prisoners at Westerbork Camp, remembers how she cared for those around her as they faced death. He wrote:

“Amongst the prisoners who were brought in on the 5th of August, Sister Benedicta stood out on account of her calmness and composure.   The distress in the barracks and the stir caused by the new arrivals were indescribable. Sister Benedicta was just like an angel, going around amongst the women, comforting them, helping them and calming them.   Many of the mothers were near to distraction, they had not bothered about their children the whole day long but just sat brooding in dumb despair.   Sister Benedicta took care of the little children, washed them and combed them, attending to their feeding and other needs.   During the whole of her stay there, she washed and cleaned for people, following one act of charity with another, until everyone wondered at her goodness.”

Another person who met her on the way to her death, Dr. Wielek, recalled a conversation he had with her in Westerbork just before she was transferred to Auschwitz:

“In one conversation she said to me: ‘The world is made up of opposites but in the end nothing remains of these contrasts.   What only remains is great love. How is it possible for it to be otherwise?’”

Indeed in this world, we do experience such opposites,good and evil, joy and suffering, life and death. “What only remains is great love.”   Edith’s final conviction teaches us how to suffer, how to offer ourselves and how to embrace a world so seemingly full of violations against the human person.   Edith shows how to live as a balm for these wounds in the world—and how such a life lived for Christ will ultimately heal it.
(Angela Micali Stout)

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, Pray for us!st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-2-9 aug 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Quote/s of the Day – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“Today I stood with you beneath the cross
And felt more clearly than I ever did
That you became our Mother only there.

But those whom you have chosen for companions
To stand with you around the eternal throne,

They must stand with you beneath the Cross,
And with the lifeblood of their bitter pains,
Must purchase heavenly glory for those souls
Whom God’s own Son entrusted to their care.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross – Good Friday 1938today-i-stood-with-you-beneath-the-cross-st-teresa-benedicta-9 aug 2017

“Our love of neighbour is the measure of our love of God.
For Christians — and not only for them —
no one is a ‘stranger’.
The love of Christ knows no borders”our-love-of-neighbour-is-the-measure-of-our-love-of-god-st-teresa-benedicta-9 aug 2017

“God is there in these moments of rest
and can give us, in a single instant, exactly what we need.
Then the rest of the day can take its course,
under the same effort and strain, perhaps, but in peace.
And when night comes and you look back over the day
and see how fragmentary everything has been
and how much you planned that has gone undone
and all the reasons you have, to be embarrassed and ashamed:
just take everything, exactly as it is,
put it in God’s hands and leave it with Him.
Then you will be able to rest in Him – really rest –
and start the next day, as a new life.”just take everything - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Whatever did not fit in with my plan, did lie within the plan of God.
I have an ever deeper and firmer belief,
that nothing is merely an accident.
when seen in the light of God, that my whole life,
down to the smallest details,
has been marked out for me,
in the plan of Divine Providence
and has a completely coherent meaning in God’s all-seeing eyes.
And so I am beginning to rejoice,
in the light of glory, wherein this meaning, will be unveiled to me.”i have an ever deeper and firmer belief - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Every true prayer, is a prayer of the Church,
by means of that prayer, the Church prays,
since it is the Holy Spirit, living in the Church,
Who in every single soul, ‘prays in us with unspeakable groanings’.”every true prayer - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

“Since Mary is the prototype of pure womanhood,
the imitation of Mary, must be the goal of girls’ education.”

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) since mary is the prototype - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 9 August – Today’s Gospel: Matthew 16:13–23

One Minute Reflection – 9 August – Thursday of the Eighteenth week in Ordinary Time, Year B – Today’s Gospel:  Matthew 16:13–23 and the Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

“Whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.“…Matthew 16:19whatever you bind on earth - matthew 16 -19

REFLECTION – “Sin is before all else, an offence against God, a rupture of communion with Him.   At the same time it damages communion with the Church.   For this reason, conversion entails, both God’s forgiveness and reconciliation with the Church, which are expressed and accomplished liturgically, by the sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation.

Only God forgives sin (Mk 2,7).   Since He is the Son of God, Jesus says of Himself, “The Son of man has authority on earth to forgive sins” (Mk 2,10) and exercises this divine power:  “Your sins are forgiven” (v.5; Lk 7,48).   Further, by virtue of His divine authority He gives this power to men to exercise in His name (Jn 20,21).   Christ has willed that in her prayer and life and action, His whole Church should be the sign and instrument of the forgiveness and reconciliation that He acquired for us at the price of His blood.   But He entrusted the exercise of the power of absolution, to the apostolic ministry, which He charged with the “ministry of reconciliation” (2Cor 5,18).   The apostle is sent out “on behalf of Christ” with “God making his appeal” through him and pleading: ”  Be reconciled to God” (v.20).

During His public life, Jesus not only forgave sins but also made plain the effect of this forgiveness, He reintegrated forgiven sinners, into the community of the People of God from which sin had alienated or even excluded them.   A remarkable sign of this is the fact that Jesus receives sinners at His table (Mk 2,16), a gesture that expresses in an astonishing way, both God’s forgiveness and the return to the bosom of the People of God (cf. Lk 15; 19,9).”…Catechism of the Catholic Church – § 1440-1443ccc 1440 - sin is before all else, an offence against god - 9 aug 2018

PRAYER – Lord our God, the Light and Creator of Light, grant that faithfully pondering on all that is holy, we may ever live in the splendour of Your presence.   By the help and intercession of St Teresa Benedicta, You may never permit us to separate ourselves from You and thus we may come, to completion in You, Through Jesus Christ with the Holy Spirit, one God forever, amen.st-teresa-benedicta-pray-for-us-9 aug 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

Our Morning Offering – 9 August – The Memorial of St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942) Martyr

I Do Not See Very Far Ahead
By St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (1891-1942)

O my God,
fill my soul with holy joy,
courage and strength to serve You.
Enkindle Your love in me
and then walk with me
along the next stretch of road before me.
I do not see very far ahead
but when I have arrived
where the horizon now closes down,
a new prospect will open before me
and I shall be met with peace.
How wondrous are the marvels of Your love,
we are amazed,
we stammer and grow dumb,
for word and spirit fail us.
Ameni do not see very far ahead - st teresa benedicta of the cross - 9 aug 2018

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Saint of the Day – 9 August – St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942)

Saint of the Day – 9 August – St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross/Edith Stein (1891-1942) Nun, Discalced Carmelite, Martyr.   Below is a lengthy biography from the Vatican, it’s worth reading.

“We bow down before the testimony of the life and death of Edith Stein, an outstanding daughter of Israel and at the same time a daughter of the Carmelite Order, Sister Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, a personality who united within her rich life a dramatic synthesis of our century.   It was the synthesis of a history full of deep wounds that are still hurting … and also the synthesis of the full truth about man.   All this came together in a single heart that remained restless and unfulfilled until it finally found rest in God.”   These were the words of Pope John Paul II when he beatified Edith Stein in Cologne on 1 May 1987.

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Edith Stein was born in Breslau on 12 October 1891, the youngest of 11, as her family were celebrating Yom Kippur, that most important Jewish festival, the Feast of Atonement.   “More than anything else, this helped make the youngest child very precious to her mother.”   Being born on this day was like a foreshadowing to Edith, a future Carmelite nun.   Edith’s father, who ran a timber business, died when she had only just turned two.   Her mother, a very devout, hard-working, strong-willed and truly wonderful woman, now had to fend for herself and to look after the family and their large business.   However, she did not succeed in keeping up a living faith in her children.   Edith lost her faith in God. “I consciously decided, of my own volition, to give up praying,” she said.

In 1911 she passed her school-leaving exam with flying colours and enrolled at the University of Breslau to study German and history, though this was a mere “bread-and-butter” choice.   Her real interest was in philosophy and in women’s issues.   She became a member of the Prussian Society for Women’s Franchise.   “When I was at school and during my first years at university,” she wrote later, “I was a radical suffragette.   Then I lost interest in the whole issue.  Now I am looking for purely pragmatic solutions.”st teresa benedicta info

In 1913, Edith Stein transferred to Gottingen University, to study under the mentorship of Edmund Husserl.   She became his pupil and teaching assistant and he later tutored her for a doctorate.   At the time, anyone who was interested in philosophy was fascinated by Husserl’s new view of reality, whereby the world as we perceive it does not merely exist in a Kantian way, in our subjective perception.   His pupils saw his philosophy as a return to objects:  “back to things”.   Husserl’s phenomenology unwittingly led many of his pupils to the Christian faith.   In Gottingen Edith Stein also met the philosopher Max Scheler, who directed her attention to Roman Catholicism.   Nevertheless, she did not neglect her “bread-and-butter” studies and passed her degree with distinction in January 1915, though she did not follow it up with teacher training.

“I no longer have a life of my own,” she wrote at the beginning of the First World War, having done a nursing course and gone to serve in an Austrian field hospital.   This was a hard time for her, during which she looked after the sick in the typhus ward, worked in an operating theatre and saw young people die.   When the hospital was dissolved, in 1916, she followed Husserl as his assistant to the German city of Freiburg, where she passed her doctorate summa cum laude (with the utmost distinction) in 1917, after writing a thesis on “The Problem of Empathy.”

During this period she went to Frankfurt Cathedral and saw a woman with a shopping basket going in to kneel for a brief prayer.   “This was something totally new to me.   In the synagogues and Protestant churches I had visited people simply went to the services. Here, however, I saw someone coming straight from the busy marketplace into this empty church, as if she was going to have an intimate conversation.  It was something I never forgot.”   Towards the end of her dissertation she wrote:   “There have been people who believed that a sudden change had occurred within them and that this was a result of God’s grace.”   How could she come to such a conclusion?   Edith Stein had been good friends with Husserl’s Göttingen assistant, Adolf Reinach and his wife.   When Reinach fell in Flanders in November 1917, Edith went to Göttingen to visit his widow.   The Reinachs had converted to Protestantism.   Edith felt uneasy about meeting the young widow at first but was surprised when she actually met with a woman of faith.   “This was my first encounter with the Cross and the divine power it imparts to those who bear it … it was the moment when my unbelief collapsed and Christ began to shine his light on me – Christ in the mystery of the Cross.”

Later, she wrote:   “Things were in God’s plan which I had not planned at all. I am coming to the living faith and conviction that – from God’s point of view – there is no chance and that the whole of my life, down to every detail, has been mapped out in God’s divine providence and makes complete and perfect sense in God’s all-seeing eyes.”

In Autumn 1918 Edith Stein gave up her job as Husserl’s teaching assistant.   She wanted to work independently.   It was not until 1930 that she saw Husserl again after her conversion and she shared with him about her faith, as she would have liked him to become a Christian, too.   Then she wrote down the amazing words: “Every time I feel my powerlessness and inability to influence people directly, I become more keenly aware of the necessity of my own holocaust.”

Edith Stein wanted to obtain a professorship, a goal that was impossible for a woman at the time.   Husserl wrote the following reference:  “Should academic careers be opened up to ladies, then I can recommend her whole-heartedly and as my first choice for admission to a professorship.”   Later, she was refused a professorship on account of her Jewishness.

Back in Breslau, Edith Stein began to write articles about the philosophical foundation of psychology.   However, she also read the New Testament, Kierkegaard and Ignatius of Loyola’s Spiritual Exercises.   She felt that one could not just read a book like that but had to put it into practice.   In the summer of 1921. she spent several weeks in Bergzabern (in the Palatinate) on the country estate of Hedwig Conrad-Martius, another pupil of Husserl’s.   Hedwig had converted to Protestantism with her husband.   One evening Edith picked up an autobiography of St Teresa of Avila and read this book all night. “When I had finished the book, I said to myself: This is the truth.”   Later, looking back on her life, she wrote:  “My longing for truth was a single prayer.”young st teresa

On 1 January 1922 Edith Stein was baptised.   It was the Feast of the Circumcision of Jesus, when Jesus entered into the covenant of Abraham.   Edith Stein stood by the baptismal font, wearing Hedwig Conrad-Martius’ white wedding cloak.   “I had given up practising my Jewish religion when I was a 14-year-old girl and did not begin to feel Jewish again until I had returned to God.”   From this moment on she was continually aware that she belonged to Christ not only spiritually but also through her blood.   At the Feast of the Purification of Mary – another day with an Old Testament reference – she was confirmed by the Bishop of Speyer in his private chapel.   After her conversion she went straight to Breslau:   “Mother,” she said, “I am a Catholic.”   The two women cried. Hedwig Conrad Martius wrote:  “Behold, two Israelites indeed, in whom is no deceit!” (cf. John 1:47).

Immediately after her conversion she wanted to join a Carmelite convent.   However, her spiritual mentors, Vicar-General Schwind of Speyer and Erich Przywara SJ, stopped her from doing so.   Until Easter 1931 she held a position teaching German and history at the Dominican Sisters’ school and teacher training college of St Magdalen’s Convent in Speyer.   At the same time she was encouraged by Arch-Abbot Raphael Walzer of Beuron Abbey to accept extensive speaking engagements, mainly on women’s issues.   “During the time immediately before and quite some time after my conversion I … thought that leading a religious life meant giving up all earthly things and having one’s mind fixed on divine things only.   Gradually, however, I learnt that other things are expected of us in this world…   I even believe that the deeper someone is drawn to God, the more He has to `get beyond himself’ in this sense, that is, go into the world and carry divine life into it.”

She worked enormously hard, translating the letters and diaries of Cardinal Newman from his pre-Catholic period as well as Thomas Aquinas’ Quaestiones Disputatae de Veritate.   The latter was a very free translation, for the sake of dialogue with modern philosophy.   Erich Przywara also encouraged her to write her own philosophical works. She learnt that it was possible to “pursue scholarship as a service to God… It was not until I had understood this that I seriously began to approach academic work again.”   To gain strength for her life and work, she frequently went to the Benedictine Monastery of Beuron, to celebrate the great festivals of the Church year.

In 1931 Edith Stein left the convent school in Speyer and devoted herself to working for a professorship again, this time in Breslau and Freiburg, though her endeavours were in vain.   It was then that she wrote Potency and Act, a study of the central concepts developed by Thomas Aquinas.   Later, at the Carmelite Convent in Cologne, she rewrote this study to produce her main philosophical and theological oeuvre, Finite and Eternal Being.   By then, however, it was no longer possible to print the book.   In 1932 she accepted a lectureship position at the Roman Catholic division of the German Institute for Educational Studies at the University of Munster, where she developed her anthropology.   She successfully combined scholarship and faith in her work and her teaching, seeking to be a “tool of the Lord” in everything she taught. “If anyone comes to me, I want to lead them to Him.”

In 1933 darkness broke out over Germany.   “I had heard of severe measures against Jews before.   But now it dawned on me that God had laid his hand heavily on His people and that the destiny of these people would also be mine.”   The Aryan Law of the Nazis made it impossible for Edith Stein to continue teaching.   “If I can’t go on here, then there are no longer any opportunities for me in Germany,” she wrote; “I had become a stranger in the world.”   The Arch-Abbot of Beuron, Walzer, now no longer stopped her from entering a Carmelite convent.   While in Speyer, she had already taken a vow of poverty, chastity and obedience.   In 1933 she met with the prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne.   “Human activities cannot help us but only the suffering of Christ.   It is my desire to share in it.”st teresa benedicta icon

Edith Stein went to Breslau for the last time, to say good-bye to her mother and her family.   Her last day at home was her birthday, 12 October, which was also the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles.   Edith went to the synagogue with her mother.   It was a hard day for the two women.   “Why did you get to know it [Christianity]?” her mother asked, “I don’t want to say anything against Him.   He may have been a very good person.   But why did He make Himself God?” Edith’s mother cried.   The following day Edith was on the train to Cologne.   “I did not feel any passionate joy.   What I had just experienced was too terrible.   But I felt a profound peace – in the safe haven of God’s will.”   From now on she wrote to her mother every week, though she never received any replies.   Instead, her sister Rosa sent her news from Breslau.

Edith joined the Carmelite Convent of Cologne on 14 October and her investiture took place on 15 April, 1934.   The mass was celebrated by the Arch-Abbot of Beuron.   Edith Stein was now known as Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce – Teresa, Blessed of the Cross. In 1938 she wrote:  “I understood the cross as the destiny of God’s people, which was beginning to be apparent at the time (1933).   I felt that those who understood the Cross of Christ should take it upon themselves on everybody’s beha  lf. Of course, I know better now what it means to be wedded to the Lord in the sign of the cross.   However, one can never comprehend it, because it is a mystery.”   On 21 April 1935 she took her temporary vows.   On 14 September 1936, the renewal of her vows coincided with her mother’s death in Breslau.   “My mother held on to her faith to the last moment.   But as her faith and her firm trust in her God … were the last thing that was still alive in the throes of her death, I am confident that she will have met a very merciful judge and that she is now my most faithful helper, so that I can reach the goal as well.”   When she made her eternal profession on 21 April 1938, she had the words of St John of the Cross printed on her devotional picture:   “Henceforth my only vocation is to love.”   Her final work was to be devoted to this author.St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross-lg

Edith Stein’s entry into the Carmelite Order was not escapism.   “Those who join the Carmelite Order are not lost to their near and dear ones but have been won for them, because it is our vocation to intercede to God for everyone.”   In particular, she interceded to God for her people:   “I keep thinking of Queen Esther who was taken away from her people precisely because God wanted her to plead with the king on behalf of her nation.   I am a very poor and powerless little Esther but the King who has chosen me is infinitely great and merciful.   This is great comfort.” (31 October 1938)

On 9 November 1938 the anti-Semitism of the Nazis became apparent to the whole world.   Synagogues were burnt and the Jewish people were subjected to terror.   The prioress of the Carmelite Convent in Cologne did her utmost to take Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce abroad.   On New Year’s Eve 1938 she was smuggled across the border into the Netherlands, to the Carmelite Convent in Echt in the Province of Limburg.   This is where she wrote her will on 9 June 1939:  “Even now I accept the death that God has prepared for me in complete submission and with joy as being his most holy will for me. I ask the Lord to accept my life and my death … so that the Lord will be accepted by His people and that His Kingdom may come in glory, for the salvation of Germany and the peace of the world.”st teresa benedicta artwork

While in the Cologne convent, Edith Stein had been given permission to start her academic studies again.   Among other things, she wrote about “The Life of a Jewish Family” (that is, her own family): “I simply want to report what I experienced as part of Jewish humanity,” she said, pointing out that “we who grew up in Judaism have a duty to bear witness … to the young generation who are brought up in racial hatred from early childhood.”

In Echt, Edith Stein hurriedly completed her study of “The Church’s Teacher of Mysticism and the Father of the Carmelites, John of the Cross, on the Occasion of the 400th Anniversary of His Birth, 1542-1942.”   In 1941 she wrote to a friend, who was also a member of her order:  “One can only gain a scientia crucis (knowledge of the cross) if one has thoroughly experienced the cross.   I have been convinced of this from the first moment onwards and have said with all my heart:   ‘Ave, Crux, Spes unica’ (I welcome you, Cross, our only hope).”   Her study on S. John of the Cross is entitled: “Kreuzeswissenschaft” (The Science of the Cross).

Edith Stein was arrested by the Gestapo on 2 August 1942, while she was in the chapel with the other sisters.   She was to report within five minutes, together with her sister Rosa, who had also converted and was serving at the Echt Convent.   Her last words to be heard in Echt were addressed to Rosa:  “Come, we are going for our people.”   Together with many other Jewish Christians, the two women were taken to a transit camp in Amersfoort and then to Westerbork.   This was an act of retaliation against the letter of protest written by the Dutch Roman Catholic Bishops against the pogroms and deportations of Jews.   Edith commented, “I never knew that people could be like this, neither did I know that my brothers and sisters would have to suffer like this. … I pray for them every hour.   Will God hear my prayers?   He will certainly hear them in their distress.”   Prof. Jan Nota, who was greatly attached to her, wrote later:  “She is a witness to God’s presence in a world where God is absent.”st teresa benedicta art

On 7 August, early in the morning, 987 Jews were deported to Auschwitz.  It was probably on 9 August that Sister Teresia Benedicta a Cruce, her sister and many other of her people were gassed.
When Edith Stein was beatified in Cologne on 1 May 1987, the Church honoured “a daughter of Israel”, as Pope John Paul II put it, who, as a Catholic during Nazi persecution, remained faithful to the crucified Lord Jesus Christ and, as a Jew, to her people in loving faithfulness.”   St John Paul II canonised her in 1998 and proclaimed her a co-patroness of Europe the next year.Edith-Stein_0

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Memorials of the Saints -9 August

St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross OCD (1891-1942)Martyr, Co-Patron of Europe  (Optional Memorial)
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St Amor of Franche-Comté
St Autor of Metz
St Bandaridus of Soissons
St Bonifacia Rodriguez Castro
St Candida Maria de Jesus Cipitria y Barriola
St Claude Richard
St Domitian of Châlons
Bl Falco the Hermit
St Firmus of Verona
Bl John Norton
Bl John of Salerno
Bl John Talbot
St Marcellian of Civitavecchia
Bl Michal Tomaszek
St Nathy
St Numidicus of Carthage
St Phelim
Bl Richard Bere
St Romanus Ostiarius
St Rusticus of Sirmium
St Rusticus of Verona
St Secundian of Civitavecchia
St Stephen of Burgos
Bl Thomas Palaser
St Verian of Civitavecchia
Bl Zbigniew Adam Strzalkowski

Martyrs of Civitavecchia: Three Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Decius. We know little more than the names – Marcellian, Secundian and Verian. 250 near Civitavecchia, Italy.

Martyrs of Constantinople: 10 saints: A group of ten Christians who were arrested, tortured and executed for defending an icon of Christ in defiance of orders from Emperor Leo the Isaurian. We know the names of three, but nothing else about them – Julian, Marcian and Mary. They were beheaded in Constantinople.

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Martyred Colombians of Barcelona: – 7 beati: Additional Memorial – 30 July as one of the Martyred Hospitallers of Spain
A group of Colombian members of the Hospitallers of Saint John of God who worked together in Spain, and who were martyred together in the Spanish Civil War.
• Blessed Alfonso Antonio Ramírez Salazar
• Blessed Gabriel Maya Gutiérrez
• Blessed José Velázquez Peláez
• Blessed Luis Ayala Niño
• Blessed Luis Modesto Páez Perdomo
• Blessed Ramón Ramírez Zuluoga
• Blessed Rubén de Jesús López Aguilar
They were martyred on 9 August 1936 in Barcelona, Spain and Beatified on 25 October 1992 by Pope John Paul II.
Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Antonio Mateo Salamero
Bl Faustino Oteiza Segura
Bl Florentín Felipe Naya
Bl Florentino Asensio Barroso
Bl Francisco López-Gasco Fernández-Largo
Bl Guillermo Plaza Hernández
Bl Joan Vallés Anguera
Bl José María Garrigues Hernández
Bl Josep Figuera Rey
Bl Josep Maria Aragones Mateu
Bl Julián Pozo Ruiz de Samaniego
Bl Mateo Molinos Coloma
Bl Narcís Sitjà Basté

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Quote/s of the Day – 26 July – The Memorial of Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

Quote/s of the Day – 26 July – The Memorial of Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

“He who wants to win the world for Christ
must have the courage,
to come in conflict with it.”he who wants to win the world for christ - bl titus brandsma - 2 june 2018

I am awestruck by Blessed Titus, who despite his ghastly sufferings, exclaimed:

“I see God in the work of His hands
and the marks of His love
in every visible thing.”

“Not my will but yours be done!” (what Blessed Titus would shout during torture and medical experiments)

++++++++++++++++++++i see god in the work of his hands - not my will but yours be done - bl titus brandsma - 26 july 2018

“My vocation to the Church and to the priesthood
brought me so many grand and beautiful things
that I willingly accept something unpleasant in return for it.
I repeat in complete agreement with Job:
We have received good things at the hand of God,
why should we not receive
the evil He sends us in His Providence?”

Bl Titus Brandsma (1881-1942) Martyrmy vocation to the church - bl titus - 26 july 2018

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Our Morning Offering – 26 July – The Memorial of Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

Our Morning Offering – 26 July – The Memorial of Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

Prayer Before Jesus Crucified
By Blessed Titus Brandsma
(1881-1942) Martyr

Dear Lord, when looking up at Thee,
I see Thy loving eyes on me,
Love overflows my humble heart,
Knowing what a faithful friend Thy art.
A cup of sorrow I foresee,
Which I accept for love of Thee,
Thy painful way I wish to go,
The only way to God I know.
My soul is full of peace and light,
Although in pain, this light shines bright.
For here Thou keep to Thou breast.
My longing heart to find there rest.
Leave me here freely all alone,
In cell where never sunlight shone.
Should no one ever speak to me,
This golden silence makes me free!
For though alone, I have no fear,
Never wert Thou, O Lord, so near.
Sweet Jesus, please, abide with me!
My deepest peace I find in Thee.
Amenprayer before jesus crucified - bl titus brandsma no 2- 26 july 2018

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Saint of the Day – 27 July – Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

Blessed Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith – Carmelite Religious Priest, Mystic, Philosopher, Lecturer, Writer, Editor, Preacher, Linguist, Social Activist – born Anno Sjoerd Brandsma on 23 February 1881 at Oegeklooster, Friesland, Netherlands and was martyred on 26 July 1942 by lethal injection in the concentration camp at Dachau, Bavaria, Germany.   His executioner was a nurse who had been raised Catholic but left the Church.   His body was cremated and no relics remain.Bl titus - mini collage - no 2 - 26 july 2018

Bl Titus’ parents, who ran a small dairy farm, were devout and committed Catholics, a minority in a predominantly-Calvinist region.   With the exception of one daughter, all of their children entered religious orders.   As a young boy, Brandsma did his secondary studies in the town of Megen, at a Franciscan-run minor seminary for boys considering a priestly or religious vocation, commonly known as a “Seminary Minor.”   He entered the novitiate of the Carmelite friars in Boxmeer on 17 September 1898, where he took the religious name Titus (in honour of his father) by which he is now known.   He professed his first vows in October 1899 and was Ordained a priest in 190.   Brandsma was knowledgeable in Carmelite mysticism and was awarded a doctorate of philosophy at Rome in 1909.   He then taught in various schools in the Netherlands.   From 1916 on, he initiated and led a project to translate the works of St Teresa of Ávila into Dutch.Blessed Titus Brandsma

One of the founders of the Catholic University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University), Brandsma became a professor of philosophy and the history of mysticism at the school in 1923.   He later served as Rector Magnificus.   He was noted for his constant availability to everyone, rather than for his scholarly work as a professor.   Brandsma also worked as a journalist and was the ecclesiastical adviser to Catholic journalists by 1935.   That same year he did a lecture tour of the United States, speaking at various institutions of his Order.

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After the invasion of the Netherlands by the Third Reich in May 1940, it was Brandsma’s fight against the spread of Nazi ideology and for educational and press freedom that brought him to the attention of the Nazis.   In January 1942 he undertook to deliver by hand a letter from the Conference of Dutch Bishops to the editors of Catholic newspapers in which the bishops ordered them not to print official Nazi documents, as was required under a new law by the German occupiers.   He had visited 14 editors before being arrested on the 19th of that month at the Boxmeer monastery.film - titus

After being held prisoner in Scheveningen, Amersfoort and Cleves, Brandsma was transferred to the Dachau concentration camp, arriving there on 19 June.   His health quickly gave way and he was transferred to the camp hospital.   He died on 26 July 1942, from a lethal injection administered by a nurse of the Allgemeine SS, as part of their program of medical experimentation on the prisoners.

In 1921 Brandsma worked to resolve a controversy concerning Belgian artist Albert Servaes’ depiction of the Stations of the Cross.   From this came his series of meditations on each of the 14 stations, though he never finished the 14th Station as he wrote them whilst in Dachau and was executed before completing them.

He was beatified in November 1985 by Pope John Paul II.   His feast day is observed within the universal Church today and within the Carmelite Order on 27 July.tito brandsma (2)

In 2005 Brandsma was chosen by the inhabitants of Nijmegen as the greatest citizen to have lived there. A memorial church now stands in the city dedicated to him.980px-Nijmegen,_Titus_Brandsma_Gedachteniskerk-2

Brandsma’s studies on mysticism was the basis for the establishment in 1968 of the Titus Brandsma Institute in Nijmegen, dedicated to the study of spirituality.   It is a collaboration between the Dutch Carmelite friars and Radboud University Nijmegen. Brandsma was honoured by the city of Dachau with a street adjoining the former camp.

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Statue of Titus Brandsma on the grounds of Radboud University, Nijmegen
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Memorials of the Saints – 26 July

Sts Anne & St Joachim (Memorial) – Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Grandparents of Jesus

https://anastpaul.wordpress.com/2017/07/26/saints-of-the-day-26-july-sts-joachim-and-anne-parents-of-the-blessed-virgin-mary-grandparents-of-jesus/

Bl Andrew the Catechist
St Austindus of Auch
St Bartholomea Capitanio
St Benigno of Malcestine
Bl Camilla Gentili
St Charus of Malcestine
Bl Edward Thwing
Bl Élisabeth-Thérèse de Consolin
St Erastus
Bl Évangéliste of Verona
St Exuperia the Martyr
Bl George Swallowell
St Gérontios
Bl Giuseppina Maria de Micheli
St Gothalm
St Hyacinth
Bl Jacques Netsetov
Bl John Ingram
St Joris
Bl Marcel-Gaucher Labiche de Reignefort
Bl Marie-Claire du Bac
Bl Marie-Madeleine Justamond
Bl Marie-Marguerite Bonnet
St Olympius the Tribune
St Parasceva of Rome
St Pastor of Rome
Bl Pérégrin of Verona
Bl Pierre-Joseph le Groing de la Romagère
Bl Robert Nutter
St Simeon of Padolirone
St Symphronius the Slave
St Theodulus the Martyr
St Titus Brandsma O.C.D. (1881-1942) Martyr of the Faith

St Valens of Verona
Bl William Ward

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
Bl Aleix Miquel Rossell
Bl Amancio Marín Mínguez
Bl Antoni Jaume Secases
Bl Josep Maria Jordá i Jordá
Bl Josep Masquef Ferré
Bl Manuel Martín Sierra
Bl Miquel Vilatimó Costa
Bl Pau Roselló Borgueres
Bl Santiago Altolaguirre y Altolaguirre
Bl Vicente Pinilla Ibáñez