The Blessed Titus Brandsma, O.Carm., (Bolsward, February 23, 1881 – Dachau, July 26, 1942) was a Dutch Carmelite friar, Catholic priest and professor of philosophy. Brandsma was vehemently opposed to Nazi ideology and spoke out against it many times before Second World War.
‘Of the many questions I ask myself none preoccupies me as much as the conundrum that so many evolving human beings, proud and confident of their progress, are turning their backs on God. It is disturbing that in an age of such remarkable progress in all sorts of fields we should be faced with denial and belittlement of God like a rampant infectious disease. How has the image of God become so eclipsed that so many are no longer moved by it? Does the fault lie only with them? Or is something required of us to make it shine on the world once more in all its radiance, and dare we hope that study of the God concept will at least alleviate this greatest of all needs?’ READ MORE
The Titus Brandsma Institute was established in 1968 as a form of collaboration between Radboud University Nijmegen and the Dutch Carmelite province in memory of Prof. Dr Titus Brandsma (1881-1942), Carmelite.
From the time when the University opened in 1923 until his death in 1942 Titus Brandsma occupied the post of professor of philosophy and history of devotion, especially Dutch mysticism. The Titus Brandsma Institute was established to continue Titus Brandsma’s work on the study of spirituality and mysticism.