Monday, December 14, 2015

St. John of the Cross

Today is the memorial of St. John of the Cross. I've studied St. John a little bit, even though I really didn't do well in that class. I preached on him today [HOMILY HERE] and gave a very rough outline of his teaching.

St. John was a 16th century Spanish mystic. Together with St. Teresa of Avila, he spent his life laboring for the reform of the Carmelite order, even enduring imprisonment at the hands of those who resisted his reforms. He is most well remembered today for his spiritual poetry, especially the Dark Night of the Soul. His teaching is often seen as unapproachable or frightening in its difficulty, but those who have studied him know that it need not be seen that way.

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