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Prayer for October
Lord, we pray for inner strength for the LITTLE EDEN family, and for those who believe in our mission, that we will be rooted and secure in Your great love for us.
Please protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord during this difficult time
We pray for success of the Servants of God 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.
Use this prayer for private devotions to request special intentions, favours, healings, requests or miracles through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny, whom we believe are in the presence of Our Lord in heaven.
We believe, they are able to act as our intercessors, placing our requests before the Lord. Since we knew them when they were alive, we have a direct connection in requesting them to act as our intermediaries with Our Lord.
Lord God and Father,
inspired by the example of the power of prayer
in the lives of Domitilla and Danny,
in which they lived the Christian virtues of
Faith, Hope and Charity,
and through the example of their lives of Christian service
to our neighbours with intellectual disabilitities,
confidently and humbly we beg through their intercession
(state the request)
if this be your sovereign will, through our Lord Jesus Christ,
your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit
one God, for ever and ever.
Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at email@example.com or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus October
Our Angels are our best teachers
Although the Covid-19 restrictions remain, there have been some minor adjustments to the internal regulations which enabled office staff, including me, an opportunity to interact with our residents again after many months of keeping away from each other.
After a joyous reunion, I realised nothing had changed through this time of being away from each other – the giggles, smiles, warmth and spontaneous greetings and unconditional love are still the same.
Daniella is still ruling the roost with her bubbly personality. There is a lot of growth from residents such as Philip, Vukahle and Zach. It was also good to spot a few new faces. These beautiful souls once again reminded me that because everyone is unconditionally loved and accepted as part of the LITTLE EDEN family; they can love us in return in the purest way!
I understand what our Founder, Servant of God, Domitilla Hyams meant when she wrote in her diary on 9 March 1967: “LITTLE EDEN filled with dew-covered buds that blossom with the warmth of our love. Our hearts provide the sun that restores life and vigour to these little buds and in our hearts, they find love! Love! Love! God bless this garden.”*
Sometimes I feel I have so little to give these beautiful people because the love I find in being a part of their lives, makes me believe they are the ones teaching me what real love is, and in that lesson of love, I find my heart has the ability to love others as they love me.
Let these lessons on the simplicity of love that our LITTLE EDEN children and adults are teaching us, give us the heart to love God and people like they do!
* Quoted from LITTLE EDEN 50 Years of Love & Care (1967 to 2017) by Luigi Slaviero
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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 or 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.
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.