June 24, 1542 CE – Saint John of the Cross is Born in Fontiveros, Spain

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June 24, 1542 CE – Saint John of the Cross is Born in Fontiveros, SpainRate this post A little more than 80 miles to the northwest of Madrid, the quiet village of Fontiveros was little more than a map dot on the Spanish plains on June 24, 1542. On this day in history, the tiny community welcomed a baby boy by the name of Juan de Yepes Alvarez, who would grow to be one of the foremost figures in the Counter-Reformation and a pillar in Spain’s literary tradition. Born into a converso family, meaning they had been Jewish at one time, John came to grips with the life of poverty […]