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MYSTICS IN THE MAKING: Laywomen in Today's Church, by Carolyn Humphreys

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 Contents - Sep 2013AD2000 September 2013 - Buy a copy now
Editorial: Catholic voters and the 2013 Federal Election
Hobart's new Archbishop ready for the challenges of leadership - Michael Gilchrist
News: The Church Around the World
Cardinal Burke: What is good liturgy?
World Youth Day 2013: Pope Francis inspires Rio - Peter Westmore
Oasis: Finding rapprochement and peace among the Abrahamic religions - Patrick Byrne
The Church's crises old and new - Bishop James D. Conley
A covenant: essence of true marriage - Anne Lastman
Frassati: The Holy Terror: a model for young Catholic men - Br Barry Coldrey
Letters: Natural law - Fr Bernard McGrath
Letters: Anniversary of Humanae Vitae - Ken Bayliss
Letters: Year of Faith - John Frey
Letters: Contraception is harmful - Anne Lastman
Letters: Anti-life values - Andrew Foong
Letters: Abortion link - George Simpson
Letters: Inconsistency - John H. Cooney
Letters: Causal connection - Francis Young
Books: A PILGRIM'S JOURNEY: Autobiography of Ignatius of Loyola, Joseph N. Tylenda SJ - Michael E Daniel (reviewer)
Books: WAYS OF PRAYING, by Father John Edwards SJ - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
Books: MYSTICS IN THE MAKING: Laywomen in Today's Church, by Carolyn Humphreys - Br Barry Coldrey (reviewer)
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Reflection: Put on Christ: Pope Francis' World Youth Day homily - Pope Francis

Laywomen in Today's Church
by Carolyn Humphreys
(Gracewing, 2012, 204pp, $29.95. ISBN: 978-0-85244-780-2)

This is an attractive book written by an established author to assist busy, modern women in their spiritual growth. Carolyn Humphreys is an American Third Order Carmelite and the author of From Ash to Fire and Carmel, Land of the Soul.

The threads of ordinary living, ordinary moments, and ordinary people are woven through a tapestry of the supernatural opportunity presented by Christ for us to live a transcendent life.

The apparently ordinary can serve an extraordinary purpose when illuminated by God's light and love. Humphreys invites women to consider the spiritual heights to which God calls them. She draws women into a dialogue, which challenges them to revisit core beliefs, opening themselves to growth through divine transformation.

The book's release is timely. In our hyper-busy, stress-filled society, many women seeking deeper spiritual lives are not aware of the vast potential which lies within them to find a deeper union with the Triune God through simple interior steps to holiness.

The reader is reminded how much she is loved by God. We have been given many guides to enable us to live in mystical friendship with Jesus Christ. Chief among these guides are: the Scriptures, the Church, Our Lady, the Carmelite saints, grace, contemplative prayer, spiritual friendships and community. In addition, there are the Sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist and the Sacrament of Penance.

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Reprinted from AD2000 Vol 26 No 8 (September 2013), p. 18

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