Our Holy Father St. John of the Cross, OCD (1542-1591)
Born in Fontiveros, Spain, Juan de Yepes entered the Carmelites and, with the permission of his superiors, began to live a stricter observance. Afterwards he was persuaded by St. Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform of the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He is the author of the spiritual classics: The Ascent of Mount Carmel, The Dark Night, The Spiritual Canticle and The Living Flame of Love. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom. St. John is a poet, mystic and doctor of the Church.