That's the best photo I could find of him, in the spirit of full disclosure, the aura around his head was photoshopped, yet his life was nothing short of a miracle, and certainly a gift to us.
There is no mystic who gives a more powerful impression than St. John of the Cross of an absolute mastery of his subject, intimacy with God. No mistiness, vagueness or indecision clouds his writing. He is as clear-cut and definite as can be.
The Good Stuff
''Through this obscurity the thread which guides the soul is that of ‘emptiness’ or ‘negation.’ Only by voiding ourselves of all that is not God can we attain to the possession of God, for two contraries cannot co-exist in one individual, and creature-love is darkness, while God is light, so that from any human heart one of the two cannot fail to drive out the other.'' - John of the Cross
''The necessary self-emptying may be accomplished in two ways: by our own efforts, with the habitual aid of grace, and by the action of God exclusively, in which the individual has no part whatsoever. '' - John of the Cross
Not a Boring History