In the Roman Canon, after James, we find John. John is “the disciple whom Jesus loved,” and was privileged above the other Apostles for his innocence and chastity. John was younger than the other Apostles, and so was not as jaded by society as others. This disposition made him more like Jesus than the others, closer to the ideal life Jesus proposed, more in tune with what we today would call holiness, and the perfect candidate to care for the Blessed Mother of Jesus.
John began his public ministry in Palestine, then in Ephesus, then Asia Minor. John was the last surviving Apostle, and underwent a different type of martyrdom than the others. During his life, John experienced the martyrdom of all of the other Apostles. At one point John himself was dragged to Rome by order of the emperor Domitian and thrown into a cauldron of boiling oil, from which he miraculously emerged purer, stronger, and more vigorous for the spread of the Gospel message. He was then banished to the island of Patmos.
St. John, pray for us!
For the Greater Glory of God,