St John of The Cross
He was born in Spain in 1542, John gave up wealth, and comfort when he married a weaver's daughter and was disowned by his family. St. John's life of sacrifice followed by his great love ofGod.
John went hungry in the middle of the wealthiest city in Spain. At fourteen, John took a job caring for hospital patients who suffered from incurable diseases and madness. It was out of this poverty and suffering, that John learned to search for beauty and happiness not in the world, but in God.
After John joined the Carmelite order, Saint Teresa of Avila asked him to help her reform movement. John supported her belief that the order should return to its life of prayer. But many Carmelites felt threatened by this reform, and some members of John's own order kidnapped him. He was locked in a cell and beaten three times a week by the monks. There was only one tiny window high up near the ceiling. His love and faith in God was what kept him going . He had nothing left but God. It was there in that cell that he found peace and joy in Christ
After nine months, St John escaped and creeping past the guard.
Maybe we should all find our " Little Cell" to find the peace and joy that Christ has to offer to us
St John found no bitterness in his treatment, but instead God's grace. May he be an example for all of us to endure our pains and sufferings and find joy. Especially at this time in Advent when we should be preparing for the joyful Child's coming
Saint John of the Cross, in the darkness of your worst moments, when you were alone and persecuted, you found God. Help me to have faith that God is there especially in the times when God seems absent and far away. Amen