John Ciudad, a poor boy, was born into sixteenth century Portugal, a climate of religious intensity and preoccupation. Grieving over the death of his mother which he believed to have been caused by his premature departure from home, John all his life sought forgiveness in the eyes of God. Physically handsome and powerful, he denied, totally, the life of the flesh, wishing to assume the suffering of Christ. His work reached its practical culmination in the foundation of the Order of the Hospitaller Brothers of St. John, and in 1690, one hundred and forty years after his death at fifty-five, Brother Zero was officially cannonized as Saint John of God. A serious and impressive life of a saint, or primary interest to Catholic readers and those interested in spiritual biographies. Imprimatur.