This Friday, November 24th, is the feast of St. John of the Cross who was the great ally of St. Teresa in the reform of the Carmelites. She said that he - was one of the purest souls in the Church, endowed by God with great treasures of light, and his understanding was replete with the science of the saints - . He introduced the primitive observance among the friars as she did among the nuns. For this reason he was subject to great persecution. He was a man of complete self-renunciation, great love of the Cross and profound spirit of prayer; his mystical writings have made him the Doctor of the contemplative life. He had a great devotion to the Passion of Our Lord and his most conspicuous virtue was an abnegation so perfect that he sought after suffering and humiliation. He besought God not to let him pass a day without suffering and to permit him to die where he would be unknown to all. His prayer was fully heard. He was struck down at Ubeda by a cruel disease, and he died embracing the crucifix and exclaiming: Glory to God. He died in 1591. (Roman Missal). Please continue to pray for the Holy Souls in Purgatory during this month dedicated to them. May the souls of the faithful departed through the mercy of God rest in peace. Amen.
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