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Anam Cara

United States
Texas
Houston
Region: 
South Central
District: 
Houston

​Chartered:​ November 20, 2002

We meet the 2nd Wednesday, September to May, at 7:00 p.m.

Anam Cara

The Celtic understanding of friendship finds its inspiration and culmination in the sublime notion of the anam cara.  Anam is the Gaelic word for soul; ​Cara is the word for friend.  So Anam Cara ​means soul friend.

The Anam Cara​ was a person to whom you could reveal the hidden intimacies of your life.  This friendship was an act of recognition and belonging.

When you had anam cara, ​your friendship cut across all convention and category.  Your were joined in an ancient and eternal way with the friend of your soul.

-- John O'Donohue