Wednesday, December 14, 2011
Juan de Yepes Álvarez
St. John of the Cross. This Spanish fellow, despite joining and being ordained a priest with the Carmelites, almost switched to the Carthusians, but St. Teresa of Avila persuaded him to help her reform the Carmelites. His reforms were not appreciated by his fellow Carmelites so they imprisoned him. He eventually escaped. A contemplative and spiritual writer he was made a Doctor of the Church.
He is a patron of Contemplatives, Mystics and Spanish poets.
His representation is an eagle, but I have usually seen him depicted as a tonsured Carmelite friar holding a Crucifix or in front of one.
Sancte Ioannes, ora pro nbis