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Carolyn Humphreys

CAROLYN HUMPHREYS, O.C.D.S., O.T.R. is a discalced Carmelite secular and a registered occupational therapist. She is author of several books, including: From Ash to Fire: A Contemporary Journey through the Interior Castle of Teresa of Avila, Carmel Land of the Soul: Living Contemplatively in Today’s World, Mystics in the Making: Lay Women in Today's Church, Everyday Holiness: A Guide to Living Here and Getting to Eternity and Living Through Cancer,a Practical Guide to Cancer Related Concerns, Her articles have been published in Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Spiritual Life, The Priest, Review for Religious, Carmelite Digest, Spirituality, Religious Life Review, Mount Carmel and other Catholic journals. You can find her reflections online at: Contemplative Christianity Org.wordpress.com

Rise Above

Fear is a common first reaction. Fear of fear may cause more problems than the actual fear itself. Fears can be real or the result of an over active imagination. Real fear makes sense and is positive. There are facts that support it. Unspecific fear...

What is Our Motto?

A motto is a word, phase or short sentence that expresses the ideal, principle or goal of a person, cause or institute. Mottos serve to identify and motivate a person, or group. Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam, or abbreviated A.M.D.G., (For the greater glory...

Our Lady of Mount Carmel

Mary’’s loving presence is known throughout Christian history. She has many titles that we cherish. On July 16th we celebrate her as Our Lady of Mount Carmel. In the thirteenth century, a small band of lay hermits settled on Mount Carmel in...

The Beauty of Books

Do we ever lose the desire to have a short story read to us before bedtime? Especially one with a happy ending? Reading good books to children is a time honored and excellent tradition. Reading a good book to a child fosters the valuable habit of...

Courage and Strength

On June 27, 1880, Helen Keller was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama. She wasphysically healthy until the age of nineteen months when she contractedwhat seemed to be scarlet fever and lost her hearing and sight. As she grew into childhood, she developed an...

Only Love is a Creative Power

2020 marks the 75th anniversary of the Holocaust, the worst event in human history. This story makes it more real. The sounds of the last departing convoy had long since died away. The scene was oppressive, as was the sudden emptiness of...

The Beauty of Christian Virtue

As Christian people of faith we believe in the Triune God. God the Father created us. His Son, Jesus, shows us the way to the Father. The Holy Spirit inspires and guides us to be followers of Jesus, each in our own unique way.  Through faith...

Living Well with Cancer

February 4th is International Cancer Day. On the cancer journey negatives can become positives, and priorities re-established. We can still improve our lives in deeper ways. Living well with cancer is not only possible but can be extremely...