Friends of the Rosary,
Yesterday was the Memorial Day of St. John of the Cross, a Spaniard priest and mystical doctor of the Church. He was an acclaimed contemplative writer. His poetry and studies on the soul are among the greatest works of all Spanish literature.
He played a critical role in defending the true faith in the sixteenth century. He helped Teresa of Avila in the reform of the Carmelite Order, suffering for it many rejections, trials, and even prison by the elder friars. He died of a cruel disease, embracing the crucifix.
St. John of the Cross’s sufferings served to detach him from creatures and deepen his interior peace and devout longing for heaven.
[Written by Mikel A | The Rosary Network, New York]