Bl. Bartholomew Fanti [Feast: December 5]
Bartholomew Fanti was born in Mantua: the year is unknown, but in 1452 he was already a Carmelite priest of the Congregation of Mantua. For thirty-five years at the Order's church in Mantua he was spiritual father and rector of the Confraternity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for which he composed a rule and statutes. He is especially remembered for his love of the Eucharist. He died in 1495.
St. Maria Maravillas of Jesus [Feast: December 11]
María Maravillas Pidal y Chico de Guzmán (1891-1974), who took the name Maravillas of Jesus in religious life as a Carmelite, was born in Madrid on November 4, 1891 and died in the convent of La Aldehuela de Getafe on December 11, 1974. She is considered one of the greatest mystics of the twentieth century.
St. John of the Cross [Feast: December 14]
John was born at Fontiveros in Spain about 1542. He entered the Carmelites and with the permission of his superiors began to live stricter life. Afterwards he was persuaded by Saint Teresa to begin, together with some others, the Discalced reform within the Order; this cost him much hard work and many trials. He died in Ubeda in 1591, outstanding in holiness and wisdom, to which his many spiritual writings give eloquent witness.