John of the Cross

St John (1542 – 1591) was born in Fontiveros near Avila, Spain. His father was from a rich heritage. However, when he married a lower class orphaned bride he was rejected by his family and forced to work as a weaver.

Image of St John of the Cross holding a wooden Cross.

When St John was seven, his father died and at nine, his older brother died, probably from the effects of undernourishment. St John received a basic education in a school for poor and orphaned children. His school selected him to serve as an assistant at a nearby monastery. Thereafter, St John worked in a hospital and studied at a Jesuit school.

At 22, St John joined the Carmelites, studied Theology at the prestigious University of Salamanca and was subsequently ordained a Priest.

St John, deeply influenced by a vision he received of the Crucified Jesus Christ, became a major figure of the Counter-Reformation and a reformer of the Carmelite Order.

St John’s Feast Day is the 14th December. He is one of only thirty-five Doctors of the Church.


St John of the Cross:

Pray that we will come to a full understanding of the gentleness and mercy of the Risen Jesus.

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