Saint John of the Cross

Today’s readings Today at Mass we hear from three prophets.   A prophet, of course, is a person who helps us to see God.  And during Advent these prophets help us to see God coming to be born in us.  And we have to admit: lots of times we don’t see God.  We’re either too busy to notice God,… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross

Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings A long time ago now, someone once gave my family an ornament for our Christmas tree.  It was very curious: basically just a large nail hung from a green ribbon.  You probably already know the significance of the nail: when looking at the manger, we remember the cross.  When gazing on the Christmas… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Today’s readings The whole progression of Advent is one that has always captured my imagination. I see Advent as a kind of dawning of a new day. Just as the day doesn’t come all at once, so Advent progresses and we see the coming of Jesus ever more gradually as we participate in each day’s… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor of the Church

Saint John of the Cross

Today’s readings Today at Mass we hear from three prophets.  A prophet is a person who helps us to see God.  And during Advent these prophets help us to see God coming to be born in us. And we have to admit: lots of times we don’t see God.  We’re either too busy to notice… Continue reading Saint John of the Cross

St. John of the Cross

Today’s readings St. John of the Cross was ordained a Carmelite priest at age 25, in 1567.  With St. Teresa of Avila, he undertook to reform the Carmelite order.  His personal pursuit of holiness by embracing the cross of Christ, living up to his name.  He had the opportunity to embrace that cross, because his… Continue reading St. John of the Cross