Monday, 4 November 2013

A Model Blessed for Our Time

The Guild of Blessed Titus Brandsma would be pleased to know that in addition to the shrine of his in Whitefriars Church in Dublin, there is also a window honoring him in Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church in Sliema, Malta, on Balluta Bay. This Church is called the Balluta Church.

As a Carmelite Church, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel also holds a gorgeous statue of Mother Mary under that name.

The new paintings do not match up to the quality of older ones, such as those in Stella Maris, but Balluta Church is peaceful. More on the history may be found here. 

That Blessed Titus Brandsma is so loved across the world provides us in the Guild with a reminder of the universality of holiness. As we blog and send out invitations to truth and freedom through the teachings of the Catholic Church to the world, it is good to reflect on our patron, who paid a great price for our freedom of religion. We cannot and must not take this freedom for granted and write while we can.

As I have traveled in Europe, I have met dedicated Catholics who know the signs of the times.

At the end of the week, I shall become the Guild's foreign correspondent, as I spend some time in America again. Pray for all those who blog and all those who travel.

I shall miss terribly my friends in England, Ireland and Malta. I have met many saints.

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