|Such a serious young saint|
He is reputed to have been a heck of a preacher. At times, he would experience visions during his sermons, prolonging them considerably. I imagine that would have irritated some of his parishioners, except that sometimes he levitated during sermons. If I knew a preacher who flew around the altar sometimes, I think I would be in his church every Sunday.
|also called Saint John of Sahagun|
A little girl fell in a well once, and though she did not drown immediately, the townsfolk could not find a way to rescue her. They summoned John, who knelt by the well and prayed. The water level rose until the girl floated to the ground level, when she was recovered, John gave thanks and the water sank to its normal level.
One would not really expect a priest to have a way with the ladies -- if such a thing were said of a priest, the implication would be damning. Still not every priest has rocks thrown at him as he walks down the street, and if it does happen, the stone-casters are probably not often from the town's finest homes. But John had censured the fancy, expensive clothes worn by the fashion-conscious women, and they in turn censured him. With rocks.
His death in 1479 may have resulted from poison. If the story is true, a particular woman had sworn revenge. She had been the publicly recognized concubine of a married man who had been stung by the saint's criticism of his lifestyle. The lover put an end to their sinful relationship so she put an end to his meddlesome teaching.