Anam Cara

Anam Cara
August 7, 2017 6:30 pm
August 7, 2017 8:00 pm
McGehee Conference Room

Anam Cara image by Jo JaysonAn Ongoing Women’s Group of Brigid’s Place, Houston

We are women joining together on the first Monday evening of each month, opening our hearts to one another, awakening our inner lights and letting the beauty of our souls flow together on this journey called life.

Anam Cara is the old gaelic term for “soul friend.” anam meaning soul and cara meaning friend.

Anam Ċara is the title of a 1997 bestseller on Celtic spirituality, by Irish author and then-priest John O’Donohue. According to O’Donohue, the Irish term anam cara (lit. “soul-friend”) originates in Irish monasticism, where it was applied to a monk’s spiritual advisor.

In O’Donohue’s words, “In the Celtic tradition, there is a beautiful understanding of love and friendship. One of the fascinating ideas here is the idea of soul-love; the old Gaelic term for this is anam cara. Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and cara is the word for friend. So anam cara in the Celtic world was the “soul friend.” In the early Celtic church, a person who acted as a teacher, companion, or spiritual guide was called an anam cara. It originally referred to someone to whom you confessed, revealing the hidden intimacies of your life. With the anam cara you could share your inner-most self, your mind and your heart. This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging. When you had an anam cara, your friendship cut across all convention, morality, and category. You were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the “friend of your soul.” The Celtic understanding did not set limitations of space or time on the soul. There is no cage for the soul. The soul is a divine light that flows into you and into your Other. This art of belonging awakened and fostered a deep and special companionship.”

Learn more about O’Donohue and the concept of a soul-friend here.


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