Happy Feast Day
Saint John of the Cross
Doctor of the Church
1542-1591
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Happy Feast Day
Saint John of the Cross
Doctor of the Church
1542-1591
Feast day: December 14 (New) November 24 (Trad)
Patronage: contemplative life, contemplatives
Saint John of the Cross, a Spanish mystic priest, was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation. He suffered many hardships of life in his youth. He boarded at a school for the poor where he felt the call of a religious vocation. In 1563, he joined the Carmelites and in 1567 he befriended St.Teresa of Avila. They both worked to reform the lax Carmelite order to a more strict, prayerful, and simpler order. (the Discalced Carmelites) There were major disagreements and the Carmelites even incarcerated St. John for disobedience. During imprisonment, John wrote some of his deepest spiritual poetry and contemplations, which is why he is a Doctor of the Church. St. John of the Cross died of a skin infection.
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