Book of Saints – John of the Cross

[painting of Saint John of the Cross]Article

(Saint) (November 24) (17th century) Born near Avila in Spain (A.D. 1542), he entered the Carmelite Order at the age of twenty-one, and was ordained priest in A.D. 1567. After practising extraordinary austerities, he was led under the influence of Saint Teresa to found the Institute of Bare-Footed Carmelites, approved (A.D. 1580) by Pope Gregory XIII, and flourishing to our own day. He not only passed through many spiritual and interior trials, but underwent much persecution and even imprisonment. He died A.D. 1605, and was canonised by Pope Benedict XIII (A.D. 1726). His wonderful works on Mystical Theology, “The Ascent of Mount Carmel,” “The Dark Night,” “The Spiritual Canticle,” “The Living Flame,” make him the master and guide of all who are favoured with the gift of supernatural prayer.

MLA Citation

  • Monks of Ramsgate. “John of the Cross”. Book of Saints, 1921. Saints.SQPN.com. 26 October 2013. Web. 20 September 2014. <>