By Jose Luis Olaizola
Born into an top type kin in Castile, Spain, Gonzalo de Yepes had reliable customers - that's, till his father used to be ruined in a speculative enterprise. After his father died a pauper, Gonzalo was once welcomed into the house of a wealthy uncle, who meant him to marry one in all his more youthful daughters. The younger guy could were arrange for all times, yet he fell in love with Catalina Alvarez, the ward of a bad weaver, and insisted on marrying her regardless of his uncle's threats to chop him off from the family members fortune.
Thus, Gonzalo and Catalina have been wed in simplicity, and their union produced 3 sons, the youngest of whom got here to be referred to as Saint John of the pass.
Stories of saints don't usually commence with their mom and dad' courtship. yet during this old novel, love is on the very middle of the drama, for Saint John of the pass grew to become one of many Church's superior specialists on intimacy with God. His mystical poems on divine love are thought of the various maximum verses ever written within the Spanish language.
Richly drawn opposed to the backdrop of Spain's Golden Age, the radical follows the thrill and hardships skilled through the kin of younger Juan de Yepes Alvarez. His allure to doing reliable for others, his name to the priesthood and his front into the Carmelites all spread with pleasing sort. checking out Saint John to the maximum have been his efforts, in addition to these of Saint Teresa of Avila, to reform the Carmelite Order. His Brothers in faith harshly resisted him, locking him in a telephone the place he used to be usually crushed and approximately starved to dying. regardless of all, this ardent and engaging guy may write: "Where there's no love, positioned love and you'll achieve love."