November 24, 2017

Feast of San Giovanni della Croce

Evviva San Giovanni!
November 24th is the traditional Feast Day of San Giovanni della Croce (St. John of the Cross), Doctor of the Church and patron saint of poets, contemplatives, and mystics. A major figure of the Counter-Reformation, St. John was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and, with St. Teresa of Avila, a founder of the Discalced Carmelites. To commemorate the occasion I’m posting a Prayer to St. John of the Cross. The accompanying photo was taken outside St. Athanasius School in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn.

Prayer to St. John of the Cross

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