San Juan de la Cruz


Dec. 14 - Memorial of St. John of the Cross, priest and doctor

Old Calendar: Nov. 24 - St. John of the Cross, confessor and doctor; St. Chrysogonus, martyr; Sts. Flora & Mary, virgins & martyrs (Hist)

"With what procrastinations do you wait, since from this very moment you can love God in your heart?" ~ St. John of the Cross, Prayer of a Soul Taken with Love

John of the Cross was born near Avila in Spain in 1542. Educated by the Jesuits, he entered the Carmelite Order at the age of 21. He felt attracted to the life of a Carthusian, but Teresa of Avila asked him to co-operate with her in the restoration of the primitive Carmelite rule. After John established several monasteries of Discalced Carmelites, those opposed to the reform had him imprisoned at Toledo. During the nine months of his imprisonment, he wrote many of the poems and prose works that have made him one of the foremost authorities on mysticism in the West. He had asked God for suffering, and he received an abundance of both physical and spiritual torment right up to his death in 1591.


you endowed our Father Saint John of the Cross
with a spirit of self-denial and a love of the cross.
By following his example
may we come to the eternal vision of your glory.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
~ Prayer from the Proper




“Preserve a loving attentiveness to God with no desire to feel or understand any particular thing concerning him.”  ~ St. John of the Cross, The Sayings of Light and Love. #88



  1. Oh thank you, thank you! I woke up feeling called to spend some time with this saint today. These resources are an answer to the desires of my heart.

  2. Lena, I know very little about this wonderful Saint. Thank you for these links. I will enjoy reading them and learning about him. Blessings,

  3. AMDG
    Dad and I read reflections with the children early this morning. We have been meditaing on his works since. We are especially drawn to his maxims, Sayings of Light and Love.

    "Feed not your spirit on anything but God. Cast off concern about things, and bear peace and recollection in your heart." #81

    Pax Christi - lena



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