January 20, 2022
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Carolyn Humphreys, O.C.D.S.

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

Sacred Signs Around Us

Sacred signs around and within us indicate God’s presence in our lives. By acknowledging them, we acknowledge the divinity of God and the mystery in us. We become more aware of God’s presence as our sensitivity to his attributes in people who live...

Grief

“To weep is to make less the depths of grief.” (Shakespeare)  Grief is as much a part of life as joy. Grief can overshadow us in many ways. We grieve at the anticipation of the loss of a loved one, at the loss of a loved one and in different ways at...

The Interior Castle

Prayer is less a work of mental exercise than it is a rest in God’s love. In his book, Creative Prayer, Metropolitan Anthony of Sourozh relates the following story: “I remember one of the first people who came to me for advice when I was ordained...

St. Joseph, Pray for Us

Joseph was the beloved husband of Mary and the beloved foster father of Jesus. The gospels describe Joseph as a tektōn. Traditionally, the word has been translated to mean “carpenter” although the Greek term suggests an artisan with wood in general...

His Disability Was a Gift

The Dominican friars are members of the international mendicant Roman Catholic religious family called the Order of Preachers. With the Franciscans, they were part of a new religious movement of Church renewal and reform in Europe in the 13th...

The Immaculate Heart of Mary

The much-loved image of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is rooted in Scripture: “But Mary treasured all these words and pondered them in her heart.” (Luke 2:19) Because Mary’s heart is the source and wellspring of her purity, her heart is called...

Sacred Heart of Jesus

The Sacred Heart of Jesus is a beloved and familiar image in most traditional Catholic households. This image represents Jesus’’ immense and consuming love for all of humankind. Each one of us, and our concerns, are deeply embedded in...

Mary Leads Us to True Holiness

Everyone enjoys receiving a gift, especially from someone we love deeply. The greatest gift of all time was given to us in Mary, the Mother of God. Her son Jesus is the son of God and the Savior of the world. Bernard of Clairvaux advises us: “In...