October's Theme for the Monthly Reflections Rug: 'Serving'

This is the announcement of the theme for the month of October for those who are hooking the Monthly Reflection Rug (to join the challenge, go to our group on Rug Hooking Daily).

The newsletter announces the monthly theme for reflection and meditation in October: "serving". The newsletter states: "This theme is meant to point us toward a focus on how we can use our hearts and our hands and our voices to serve those who are our neighbors."

I am thinking about the lives of humanitarians over the centuries like Albert Schweitzer, Saint Francis of Assisi, and Mother Teresa.

Albert Schweitzer said, "Those of you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found ways to serve."

Saint Francis of Assisi said, "It is in giving that we receive."

Mother Teresa said, "Do not wait for leaders. Do it alone person to person. If you can't feed a hundred people, than feed just one."


Want to read more about their lives this month? Here are some of their books, and links to Amazon:

Albert Schweitzer, Out of My Life and Thought: An Autobiography. This has been out-of-print for years, but has been reissued with a foreword written by Jimmy Carter. Here is what Publisher's Weekly says about it:

Even in our cynical age, the legendary story of jungle doctor Albert Schweitzer, self-sacrificingly devoted to the service of humanity, inspires. Out of print since the early 1970s, his classic autobiography, first published in 1933, speaks directly to modern readers in its searching appraisal of this "period of spiritual decline for mankind," an age in which science, technology and power seem divorced from ethical standards. In earnest prose Schweitzer discusses his research into primitive Christianity and his search for the historical Jesus; his love of Bach, "poet and painter in sound"; his fancy for rebuilding old church organs. His philosophy, which he called "Reverence for Life," blends mysticism and rationalism, with an impulse to release the "active ethic" he sees latent in Christianity. For this fluid new translation, Schweitzer's own corrections made between original publication and 1960 have been incorporated. Photos.
The Little Flowers of Saint Francis of Assisi. Michael Joseph Gross writes this in review:
Francis' Little Flowers, a series of 53 short chapters ranging in form from wild stories to serene meditations, is perfect bedtime or devotional reading. Before you know it, you'll be reading this one aloud to your cat.
Saint Bonaventure, The Life of Saint Francis of Assisi. Amazon editorial review:
"Written shortly after his death, this is the Franciscans' official biography of their great founder Francis. His unusual vocation, life, miracles and greatness--all portrayed briefly, with love and honesty. Learn about the founder of one of the largest religious orders in the world. Inspiring!"
Mother Teresa and Brian Kolodiejchuk, Mother Teresa: Come Be My Light - The Private Writings of the Saint of Calcutta. This book will be released this month! This is a review from Publisher's Weekly:
Mother Teresa was one of the most revered people of the 20th century, so it is no surprise that 10 years after her death people still want to know what impelled this poor, humble Albanian woman to give her life to God so completely. Kolodiejchuk, a Catholic priest and friend of Mother Teresa’s who is actively promoting her cause for sainthood, assembles a startling and impressive collection of her writings, most of which have never been seen by the public. Two themes especially shine through in Mother Teresa’s letters, namely, her absolute conviction that she was doing God’s will, and a deep and surprising chasm of darkness within her that some would call the dark night of the soul. It is also apparent that this saintly woman was no pushover. In her quest to found the Missionaries of Charity, she aggressively pursued approval from her bishop, fully confident that God desired this work to be done. Kolodiejchuk is at times a bit presumptive in his interpretations of Teresa’s letters, as no one can say for certain what was in her mind and heart at all times. What we do know, in part thanks to this volume, is that Mother Teresa’s vocation to care for the poorest of the poor will continue to inspire people for generations.