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Prayer for June

We pray for protection of our country and may those in power lead with compassion and constantly seek guidance from the Lord.

May God protect our residents and all who serve here and guide us as we carry out the special work of LITTLE EDEN.

We pray for success and guidance during the promotion of the cause for the canonisation as a couple, of Danny & Domitilla Hyams, the founders of LITTLE EDEN Society.

 

Daily prayer for LITTLE EDEN

Jesus, Great Harvester, who desires the salvation of all mankind, accept the offering of my life and work in assisting You to help garner the fields for the harvest. Teach me compassion, understanding and love for those most in need. Bless our Association; strengthen the bonds of love and charity amongst us, so that with hearts united we may say “Thy kingdom come”. Mary, comfort of the afflicted, pray for us.

Harvesters of Jesus June

“The one constant in life is change.”
So said Heraclitus, a Greek philosopher.

With the initiation of the Cause for the Beatification of Domitilla (Rota) and Danny Hyams, I have been thinking of their lives as I experienced it. Each having died in their nineties, their experience of life and its various stages has been wide; most of it being of married life, family life and service to the community.

The one thing I come away with, when pondering their lives, is that they had a framework that followed Christ’s second Commandment: Love thy neighbour as thyself.

One of the fruits of that Love was the establishment of LITTLE EDEN Society. Their love of neighbour has resulted in many persons getting involved in this charitable work – so it is not carried out in isolation – people of all ages, all races, all religions. So what has that got to do with change?

From what I witnessed, these two lived closely within the framework of their Catholic faith. I noticed no change in that framework during the time I knew them. From what I have gathered over the years, their lives were lived within the “Love thy neighbour” framework from an early age.

So what about the constant…..change?
Well they were constant and consistent in their faith, within all the changes. And as someone who experienced that constant, I would admit that their example has had an influence on me; there has been a change in my perspective as a result.

Are we open enough to change? Do we respond positively to the good example we witness?

PJ Mannix

Prayer of St Francis of Assisi

(the LITTLE EDEN prayer)

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace.
Where there is hatred, let me sow love.
Where there is injury, let me sow pardon.
Where there is discord, let me sow harmony.
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.

Heaven’s special child

A meeting was held quite far from Earth
It’s time again for another birth,
Said the Angels to the Lord above –
This special child will need much love.

His progress may seem very slow,
Accomplishments he may not show,
And he’ll require much extra care
From all the the folk he meets down there.

He may not run or laugh of play,
His thoughts may seem quite far away.
In many ways he won’t adapt
And he’ll be known as handicapped.
So let’s be careful where he’s sent,
We want his life to be content.
Please Lord, find people whoWill do a special job for you.

They will not realise right away
The leading role they’re asked to play.
But with this child sent from above
Comes stronger faith and richer love.

And soon they’ll know the privilege given
In caring for a gift from heaven.

[Anon]

Beatitudes for friends of handicapped people

Blessed are those who take time to listen to our difficult speech,
For you help us to know that if we persevere, we can be understood.

Blessed are those who walk with us in public places and ignore the stares of strangers,
For in your companionship we find a haven of relaxation.

Blessed are those who encourage us to take up new challenges,
For our failures are outweighed by the times we surprise ourselves and you.

Blessed are those who think of us as people who love, and hurt, and feel joy and pain just like you do,
For in that respect we are normal.