San Juan de la Cruz, also known as Saint John of the Cross, is the patron of mystics, contemplatives, and Spanish poets. He initially attempted to institute reforms in the Carmelite Order but was met with imprisonment. He attempted yet again after escaping from confinement and this time the reforms revitalized the Order. San Juan de la Cruz is known as a great spiritual writer and as a Doctor of the Church. San Juan de la Cruz's feast day is December 14th.