John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the a Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live a stricter life. Later he was persuaded by St. Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Carmelite friars; 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.
After his death the reform he introduced within the friars eventually separated from the Carmelite Order to become the Order of Discalced Carmelite Friars.
The image above is from one of the many prayer cards produced in the early days of the Shrine of Saint Jude. View the prayer card, here.
Saint John of the Cross, pray for us.