I follow Anam Cara Ministries on Facebook. What is Anam Cara…. According to writer John O’Donohue, Anam Cara originates in Irish monasticism, where it was applied to a monk’s spiritual advisor. It means Soul-Friend. [His book of the same title is great – you can order it here]. The Anam Cara Facebook pages offers this:
Anam Cara Ministries is dedicated to the practice of soul friendship, of coming alongside in order to facilitate healing, wholeness, holiness and spiritual formation… Anam Cara offers spiritual direction, retreats & resources.
So really if you are going to have a ‘friend’ on Facebook — all the better it be a “Soul-Friend.” I am really glad that I follow Anam Cara on Facebook because several times throughout the day there is a post that is t a short reflection or prayer that often seems to arrive at just the most appropriate time to remind me of how God is at work throughout each day. [You can visit or follow AC here] The morning and midday meditations are always meaningful to me because the allow me to pause or slow down during very busy times in the day. This morning’s quote on the Anam Cara Page was from Mother Teresa. It reads:
“Hungry for love, He looks at you. Thirsty for kindness, He begs of you. Naked for loyalty, He hopes in you. Homeless for shelter in your heart, He asks of you. Will you be that one to Him?” ― Mother Teresa, In the Heart of the World: Thoughts, Stories and Prayers
Today I will no doubt encounter a person who is either hungry for love, thirsty for kindness, naked for loyalty, homeless for shelter, or all of the above. Stopping for a moment this morning it is important that I ask myself; “Do I understand/appreciate the opportunity provided to me in those encounters?” When Someone looks to me for kindness, love, loyalty, or shelter, have I the insight to know who that Someone is? If I lack compassion in the face of the One who hungers and thirsts, am I aware of Who it is that I turn away?
Jesus seeks our love, our loyalty, our kindness. God hopes in me and God hopes in you. Every day I have opportunity to respond to Jesus! Some days in my haste, I fail to see him. Today, with the help of Anam Cara and Mother Teresa, I will pray to have eyes to see the Divine in the face of all who are seeking, yearning, asking and hoping. There may be a great opportunity to find an Anam Cara….
“…Serve each other according to the gift each person has received, as good managers of God’s diverse gifts. Whoever speaks should do so as those who speak God’s word. Whoever serves should do so from the strength that God furnishes. Do this so that in everything God may be honored through Jesus Christ. To him be honor and power forever and always. Amen.”
1 Peter 4:10-11
Common English Bible (CEB)