The Memorial of Saint John of the Cross
Saint John of the Cross is the Patron Saint of
- Contemplative life;
- Mystical theology;
- Spanish poets
Saint John of the Cross Feast Day, Date of Birth, Country of Birth, Profession, Place of Work, Date of Death, Place of Death, Beatification Date, Canonization Date, Matrimony/Holy Orders, Priests who became Saints
Saint John of the Cross brief life History
|Date of Birth||1542 AD|
|Country of Birth||Spain in Europe|
|Profession||Religious founder, priest and Doctor of the Church|
|Place of Work||Spain|
|Date of Death||December 14, 1591 (aged 49)|
|Place of Death||Úbeda, Jaén, Spain|
|Feast Day||December 14|
|Beatification||By Pope Clement X on 25 January 1675|
|Canonization||By Pope Benedict XIII on 27 December 1726|
|Patron Saint of||Contemplative life;
Saint John of the Cross Feast Day Short life History
The father of St. John was discarded by his kindred for marrying a poor orphan, and the Saint, thus born and nurtured in poverty, chose it also for his portion.
Unable to learn a trade, Saint John of the Cross became the servant of the poor in the hospital of Medina, while still pursuing his sacred studies. In 1563, being then twenty-one, he humbly offered himself as a lay-brother to the Carmelite friars, who, however, knowing his talents, had him ordained priest.
Saint John of the Cross would now have exchanged to the severe Carthusian Order, had not St. Teresa, with the instinct of a Saint, persuaded him to remain and help her in the reform of his own Order. Thus he became the first prior of the Barefooted Carmelites.
His reform, though approved by the general, was rejected by the elder friars, who condemned the Saint as a fugitive and apostate, and cast him into prison, whence he only escaped, after nine months’ suffering, at the risk of his life.
Twice again, before his death, he was shamefully persecuted by his brethren, and publicly disgraced. But his complete abandonment by creatures only deepened his interior peace and devout longing for heaven.
Today’s Saint John of the Cross Feast Day Quote:
“Live in the world,” said St. John, “as if God and your soul only were in it; so shall your heart be never made captive by any earthly thing.”