Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Hello friends!  I just couldn't wait to share this photo with all of you.  The child in the center of this photo is holding up a sweater that I made!  Can you imagine my delight in seeing the fruits of my labor?  I feel honored and humbled by the photo.  This distribution was made to a small farming village on a freezing cold day; thank God for everything the Knit A Square organization is doing, although sometimes it seems like an impossible task!
There are literally thousands of people knitting and crocheting squares and I’m sure most of them don’t get the opportunity to see their work in action.  But they aren’t doing it to receive credit or laudation.  These men and women knit/crochet, from the heart, because they see the need  We all do this hoping to make a difference, that one more child might be warmed and know they are cared for.  It can seem overwhelming, knowing how huge the challenges are for these kids.  But we can make a difference, one square, one dollar, one prayer at a time!  St. Francis of Assisi said: “Above all the grace and the gifts that Christ gives to his beloved is that of overcoming self.”  It is not an easy task, but it can begin with the smallest of actions!
St. Francis is also quoted as saying:  “Start by doing what's necessary; then do what's possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible.”  Knit A Square began with two families, doing what was necessary.  It has grown into a worldwide organization doing what would have seemed impossible just four years ago!  How awesome to see the growth of this organization and community!
On July 14th, we are hoping to see the largest handwoven blanket ever!  Below are the “gogos” ( Zulu word for grandmothers) sewing the squares together to make one GIGANTIC blanket!  What a task and what beautiful work they do!  This is all part of the Curro Aurora School challenge to create the world's biggest handwoven blanket.  It is to be displayed in the CocaCola dome in Gauteng for the Mandela Day celebration.
After this event is over, it will be separated out into 2,000 individual blankets that will go toward keeping orphaned children warm!

Thank you for reading my blog today!  Leaving you with St. Francis of Assisi’s most famous prayer:

“Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love,
Where there is injury, pardon;
Where there is doubt, faith;
Where there is despair, hope;
Where there is darkness, light;
And where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek
to be consoled as to console,
to be understood as to understand,
to be loved, as to love.

For it is in giving that we receive,
It is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.”

St. Francis of Assisi

 In love and fellowship,

Mary Anne


  1. Fantastic post, Mary Anne! St. Francis certainly gives us wonderful inspiration. I just love the photos. I'm so glad that you got to see "one of your own" being delivered!

  2. Linda Anderson BullenJuly 4, 2012 at 2:57 PM

    Very inspirational Mary Anne! What a wonderful way to make a difference in a world so in need of the efforts of all of us to improve the conditions of so many all over this planet!! God bless you, and the inspiration you bring to others to make a difference!

  3. Thank you for taking the time to read it Laurie and for your thoughtful comments!

  4. Thank you Linda, I appreciate that so much! It is something I feel passionate about and I'm always reminded of just how fortunate we are in comparisson, when seeing the photos.

    Thank you for reading my blog! Have a wonderful evening :o)