Miguel Arribas, O. Carm. The Price of Truth: Titus Brandsma, Carmelite
Carmelite Media - 2021
Printed Edition ISBN: 978-1-936742-26-4
eBook ISBN: 978-1-936742-27-1
331 pages - Extensive bibliography
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A biography of Blessed Titus Brandsma who died in the concentration camp in Dachau, Germany in 1942 and is beatified as a martyr for the Catholic faith by St. Pope John Paul II in 1985. As president of the Catholic schools and assistant of the Union of Catholic Journalists in the Netherlands, Brandsma denounced the Nazi’s trampling of human and religious rights with prophetic courage. He defended the Jews, as well as worked tirelessly following the invasion of The Netherlands to maintain educational freedom as well as freedom of the Catholic press. Spoken of as “that dangerous little friar” by the Nazis, he was arrested and, after passing through five jails and concentration camps, was confined at Dachau. He was killed with an injection of carbolic acid on July 26, 1942.
This biography is based on the acts of the process of canonization as well as biographies in various languages. To better understand Brandsma’s spiritual journey, the author visited The Netherlands and Germany, in pilgrimage to the places of birth, life, and death of this “martyr for freedom of expression.”
Brandsma led a simple life even though he was a multifaceted priest, mystic, a passionate journalist, “rector magnificus” of the Catholic University of Nijmegan, and a courageous witness for Christ, even to the point of giving his own life for the truth.