Pray with us

Prayer for January

Heavenly father, we thank you for new beginnings. Bless us Lord and keep us in your everlasting love. We pray for the courage to overcome all obstacles and difficulties that lie ahead of us.

Please protect our residents, staff and all who serve you, Lord.

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.

Cause Prayer

Use this prayer for private devotions to request special intentions, favours, healings, requests or miracles through the intercession of Servants of God 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.

AMEN

Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at postulator@domitilladannycause.org.za or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.

Domitilla & Danny Hyams

Harvesters of Jesus January

Changing the world, one kind act at a time!

As the year starts and many people across the world begin with their New Year’s resolutions to be healthier, and happier and to be focused on their goals and dreams, we must not forget to add kindness to our resolutions. Kindness is described as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate to others without expecting praise or reward, which is a cherished personality trait. Through daily acts of kindness, we can all foster a more caring society.

The story of the Good Samaritan teaches us that we should love one another and that we should never ignore people when they are in need and assist them no matter who or what they are. The parable of the Good Samaritan puts the greatest commandment to love one another into action.

Luke 10:25-37 tells the story of the good Samaritan as told by Jesus when sharing the good news with his disciples and others. In the parable a man was on his way to Jerusalem when he was attacked by robbers and left for dead on the side of the road, where many passersby passed him lying there, including a priest who passed him by on the other side of the road. But a Samaritan, as he travelled, came to where the man was, taking pity on him, brought him to an inn and took care of him. Without asking for anything in return, the Samaritan paid for the man’s stay at the inn and returned to make sure that the man was well and, additionally paid for any extra cost that the inn keeper had incurred.

In this parable, Jesus encourages us to follow in the footsteps of the good Samaritan to be kinder not only to those with whom we share close relationships, but wherever we can.

Self-empowerment author and renowned public speaker Tony Fahkry explains that kindness is not just about doing things without being asked to, but also about how we treat each other when no one is looking. He points out that world peace will not happen just by overthrowing dictatorial powers or ending wars between nations, but will happen when humanity raises its consciousness beyond that of fear and hatred of each other.

LITTLE EDEN Society for the past 56 years has been reliant on kindness from the community and this shows that kindness in the world is most certainly alive and kicking. Our 300 residents are a living testimony that indeed there are many good Samaritans within our community whose kindness, generosity and assistance help us to take care of society’s most vulnerable people. Our residents are profoundly intellectually disabled and most have a physical disability that hampers their development; they need around-the-clock care, which through the many good Samaritans LITTLE EDEN can provide.

For the world to change for the better, it starts with me and it starts with you making kinder choices that no matter how small will surely make a difference!

Gaahele Mokgoro

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.

[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.