Titus was born in 1881 and died in 1942.
He was a Dutchman, became a Carmelite priest and a teacher and writer.
He was involved in higher teaching at the university level, becoming rector of Nijmegen University.
At this time, he became active in journalism.
This was 1942 and Holland was occupied by Nazi Germany.
He wrote a letter that was read in all Churches on behalf of the Dutch Catholic Bishops. This letter condemned the anti-Semitic measures taken by the Nazis and the deportation of the Jews.
The Nazis retaliated and deported thousands of Jewish to Catholicism converts. Among them was St Edith Stein.
He was arrested, suffered much, but was able to keep a real sense of peace. His faith and love of God gave him strength.
He was transferred to Dachau where he was killed by lethal injection on the 26th of July 1942.
I remember being in Auschwitz concentration camp a few years ago.
I was saddened that amazing German know-how and engineering was turned to do much awful evil.
I remember standing near the ruins of the crematorium where so many bodies of innocent people were disposed of!
I looked beyond the Guard tower and saw rays of sunshine coming through the forest.
It touched my Spirit, it reminded me of hope.
I remembered St’s Edith Stein, Maximilian Kolbe and many others who, though murdered here and in similar camps, were not crushed by that evil Nazi machine.
Blessed Titus and so many others are great reminders that amazing growth can happen in us when we face pain and disruption to our so-called normal lives.
Love in the midst of pain is so often an opportunity for very real growth.