Titus Brandsma was a Carmelite friar martyred during World War II for his proclamation - in the face of fascist ideology - of the Good News of God's love for all people. He was beatified (declared "blessed") by the Church in 1985.
Titus was born in the Netherlands on 23rd February 1881, and to mark his birth some members and friends of the Carmelite Family offer a novena (nine days of prayer) in his honour, between 15th and 23rd February.
15th - 23rd February
your servant Titus Brandsma laboured zealously in your vineyard
and gave his life freely because of his faith in you.
Through his intercession I ask for your mercy and help.
Heavenly Father, Titus never refused
when he was asked for help by your people.
In his name, I come to you with my needs:
Lord, help me always to imitate the great faith, generous love,
and burning zeal of Titus Brandsma.
Glorify your servant as he wished to glorify you. Amen.
Mary, Mother of Carmel, pray for us.
Titus Brandsma, Carmelite and Martyr, pray for us. Amen.