Today we commemorate the feast of St John of the Cross, a mystic who was specially called to reform the Carmelite order. Knowing his life story offers a real challenge to all religious and consecrated persons of today. In spite of all the hardships, misunderstandings and humiliations he underwent - that too for doing right! - he never gave up the path of being a reformer. Add to that the mystical dimension of his spirituality. That certainly would have added enough confusion to the already 'disturbed normalcy'.
I wonder how many of us would have the courage, patience and humility to take up a challenge, such as that of John of the Cross. I also believe, he had to transform himself prior to spearheading the reform of his own religious order.