Elisabeth Hense – Joseph Chalmers, ed. Titus Brandsma: Mysticism in Action (vol 1) Edizione Carmelitane – 2021 – ISBN: 978-88-7288-199-6 – 273 pages – Extensive bibliography.
This is the first volume of a planned six, containing the translations into English of Fr. Titus Brandsma’s writings. The Dutch Carmelite did groundbreaking work in the field of Dutch mysticism. This book gives an insight into his scholarly work, his social commitment, and his personal relationships. The texts selected here date from the period 1904 to 1942, during which time the themes of mysticism and spirituality, social teaching, peace and disarmament, heroism, journalism, education, the fight against poverty, and animal welfare became increasingly important for Dutch society. Brandsma developed an explicitly Christian perspective on these topics, which he resolutely opposed to the National Socialist monopolizing of these issues in his time. Although his life was cut short by his murder in the Dachau concentration camp on July 26, 1942, Brandsma remains a role model for all those who courageously stand up for humanity, mutual respect, appreciation of all fellow human beings, open debate, and the practice of fundamental values and virtues.