John O'Donohue

Anam Cara

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    Meister Eckhart writes beautifully about this temptation. He says many people wonder where they should be and what they should do, when in fact they should be more concerned about how to be.
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    Two friends, one soul.”
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    could be a meeting on the street, or at a party or a lecture, or just a simple, banal introduction, then suddenly there is the flash of recognition and the embers of kinship glow.
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    Real friendship or love is not manufactured or achieved by an act of will or intention. Friendship is always an act of recognition.
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    When you fall in love, common sense, rationality, and your normal serious, reserved, and respectable persona dissolve. Suddenly you are like an adolescent again; there is new fire in your life.
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    friend is different from an acquaintance. Friendship is a deeper and more sacred
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    This perspective discloses the beautiful fulfillment of our immortal longing in the words of Jesus, who said, Behold, I call you friends. Jesus, as the son of God, is the first Other in the universe; he is the prism of all difference. He is the secret anam
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    In everyone’s life, there is great need for an anam ara, a soul friend.
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    Anam is the Gaelic word for soul and ara is the word for friend.
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    No one can hurt you as deeply as the one you love.
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    and through the warmth and creativity of love, the soul shelters us from the bleakness of that nothingness
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    All of our life, everything we do, think, and feel is surrounded by nothingness. Hence we become afraid so easily.
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    Perfect love casts out all fear.”
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    This is beautifully illustrated during the meal in the film Babette’s Feast where an old soldier speaks to the woman he loved from youth but was not allowed to marry.
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    can be very successful in this world, be admired by everyone, have endless possessions, a lovely family, success in your work, and have everything the world can give, but behind it all, you can be completely lost and miserable. If you have everything the world has to offer you, but you do not have love, then you are the poorest of the poorest of the poor
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    You need to be generous to yourself in order to receive the love that surrounds you.
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    Love begins with paying attention to others, with an act of gracious self-forgetting.
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    The heart is the inner face of your life.
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    The soul needs love as urgently as the body needs air.
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