Saint John of the Cross, also known as San Juan de la Cruz, 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. Saint John of the Cross is known as a great spiritual writer and as a Doctor of the Church. Saint John of the Cross's feast day is December 14th. See also: San Juan de la Cruz.