Wednesday, July 27, 2005

That Dangerous Little Friar

According to my watch, there's still 50 minutes of July 27 left in the central time zone, so I thought I'd point out that today is the feast day of the very awesome Blessed Titus Brandsma, a Dutch Carmelite priest, educator and journalist. His enemies called him "that dangerous little friar" - he was a very vocal critic of Hitler and National Socialism in preaching and in print. He was arrested by the Nazis and sent to Dachau concentration camp, where he was the subject of Nazi experiments and was murdered by lethal injection in 1942. Bl. Titus does not have the fame of other Nazi victims like fellow journalist St. Maximilian Kolbe or fellow Carmelite St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein), but he was a holy soul, as he said: "He who wants to win the world for Christ must have the courage to come in conflict with it." Be sure to check out this excellent website about him.