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Saint John of the Cross

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John was born at Fontiveros, Spain, in 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superior began to live a stricter life. Afterwards, he was persuaded by St. Teresa of Jesus to begin, along with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order. This cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness. He has been called the greatest lyrical poet of the Spanish language, and has been named a Doctor of the Church.
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