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Quotes by "St. John of the Cross"

John of the Cross was a major figure of the Counter-Reformation, a Spanish mystic, a Roman Catholic saint, a Carmelite friar and a priest, who was born at Fontiveros, Old Castile.

John of the Cross is known for his writings. Both his poetry and his studies on the growth of the soul are considered the summit of mystical Spanish literature and one of the peaks of all Spanish literature. He was canonized as a saint in 1726 by Pope Benedict XIII. He is one of the thirty-six Doctors of the Church.

Feast: December 14
Patronage: Contemplative life; contemplatives; mystical theology; mystics; Spanish poets

St. John of the Cross

“In the evening of life…”

“In the evening of life, we will be judged on love alone.”

St. John of the Cross

The Dark Night: Stanzas Of The Soul

 One dark night, fired with love’s urgent longings — ah, the sheer grace! — I went out unseen, my house…

St. John of the Cross

Some beginners, too, make light of their faults…

“Some beginners, too, make light of their faults, and at other times indulge in immoderate grief when they commit them….