ST. JOHN OF THE CROSS
"Surrender total" was your creed
Always to suffer and to be despised
In every situation and in every need -
"Nada" you lived, "Nada" you died',
Teresa's son, father and guide.
Joy filled your life and joy you spread
Over this earth - your suffering bed
Hour by hour you loved and bled
None knew your worth, your sanctity's stride.
Oh! the zeal that consumed your life
For God's kingdom, your endless strife.
The gift of God you were to Carmel;
Holy and learned, its cause upheld
Every moment, till your last breath.
Carmel's glory you are, O Master of prayer
Rising star in its horizon, bright and rare;
O saint so humble, who bravely obeyed!
Sweet the odour of your sanctity
Spreading silently for all eternity!