Dominus Illuminatio Mea

"...the gaze of the Church is constantly turned to her Lord, present in the Sacrament of the Altar, in which she discovers the FULL manifestantion of His boundless love." Ecclesia de Eucharistia

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Here is a site with more information about the dangerous little friar, including extensive photodocumentation. There are some pictures of Dachau (the site of his death) and the Carmelite chapel where we assisted at Holy Mass. Make sure to read the story behind the statue of the Madonna in the chapel.
Prior to our arrival in Cologne, our pilgrimage group made a visit to the concentration camp at Dachau on the vigil of the Assumption and the Feastday of St. Maximillian Kolbe. Built on the camp property is a Carmelite monastery founded for the purpose of making reparation for past attrocities. We learned while Fr. Jonathan that the camp was the main site for the imprisonment of Catholic priests...I can't remember now how many thousands of Shepherds passed through those gates inscribed with the words, "work shall set you free." It occured to me while we were there that those words were entirely true for the imprisoned priests in a way that their captors could not have imagined. The priests were participating in the final "work" of Christ...His suffering.
Today I discovered a Carmelite Blessed whose story is relatively unknown. Fr. Titus was called by his captors, "that dangerous little friar" and was a very vocal critic of the nazi government. He didn't seek martyrdom, but was imprisoned and was subject to experimentation and died by lethal injection. He suffered with joy.

BEFORE A PICTURE OF JESUS IN MY CELL

A new awareness of Thy love
Encompasses my heart:
Sweet Jesus, I in Thee and Thou
In me shall never part.

No grief shall fall my way but I
Shall see Thy grief-filled eyes;
The lonely way that Thou once walked
Has made me sorrow-wise.

All trouble is a white-lit joy
That lights my darkest day;
Thy love has turned to brightest light
This night-like way.

If I have Thee alone,
The hours will bless
With still, cold hands of love
My utter loneliness.

Stay with me, Jesus, only stay;
I shall not fear
If, reaching out my hand,
I feel Thee near.

Father Titus Brandsma, O.Carm.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

I haven't posted in quite awhile, though I do have a lot to say about WYD. I'm interrupting my silence, however, to tell anyone who may still be reading that my brother is going to be received into the CHURCH!!! He called yesterday from college to tell us that he is officially beginning RCIA and to invite us to the Easter Vigil! I cried. lol. I don't cry easily, but I was so overjoyed.
"Dear young people, the happiness you are seeking, the happiness you have a right to enjoy has a name and a face: it is Jesus of Nazareth, hidden in the Eucharist." These were the words of the Holy Father to us at the Vigil, and this is what I feel my brother has at last discovered. My brother and I are very close, and without going into detail, I can say he has suffered a great deal...now he is drawing near to the fount of everlasting love! Praised be Jesus Christ, hidden in the Eucharist, now and FOREVER!!!