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John (144.141.194.4 - 144.141.194.4)
Posted on Sunday, February 22, 2004 - 10:54 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Hello,

I was just going through some of past posts and I caught the one about the term "anam chara."

I read an article about how the phrase was used to describe someone on a spiritual level as opposed to a soul mate (lover).

But now...the phrase is appearing more and more to mean the second, guess it is the romantics in us all!

My question is how do I say "my soul mate?"

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Aonghus (62.77.191.130 - 62.77.191.130)
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 04:53 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Anam chara *does not* mean soul mate. It means a spiritual director - somebody who helps you improve your spiritual life.

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Fear na mBróg (159.134.109.59 - 159.134.109.59)
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 08:38 am:   Edit Post Print Post

Nach

"cara anama"

a bheadh ann.

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Tomás (198.22.236.230 - 198.22.236.230)
Posted on Monday, February 23, 2004 - 01:11 pm:   Edit Post Print Post

Ní aontaím le hAonghus go díreach. Within the context of religious orders "anam chara" has one meaning, that of a spiritual mentor to an initiate. In a general context, the meaning of "anam chara" is somewhat akin to that of a soul mate, but not in any soft, new age, touchy-feely way. Between "anam chairde" there is presumably a deep spiritual connection, the recognition of a fellow pilgrim journeying life's road wrestling with the central questions of existence. And here's where it touches on Aonghus' point: an essential part of that soul friendship is to challenge and encourage that friend on the journey. Not to impart cheap grace.

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