I've got absolutley no idea what is flying between Jesus and John here.
"Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing." St. John of the Cross
you endowed St. John of the Cross with a spirit of self-denial and love of the cross.
By following his example may we come to the eternal vision of your glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen
I tend to prefer stories of the martyrs of the first five centuries over saints from the Middle Ages, but I have a slight interest in St. John of the Cross as I played him in skits in the Follies at CDSP. I played him as a kinda slimy guy, to fit in with our running joke regarding "Sex With Angels." If you want to read some stuff about St. John of the Cross, Jim Naughton has a nice post at Daily Episcopalian.