Saint for the Day - November 24 - St. John of the
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, he 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. He 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
Saint for the Day - St. John of the Cross
Read about the Saint for today - November 24 and spare a thought for family or friends who might suffering from ill health or are experiencing times of trouble.
"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."
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