Pray with us

Prayer for August

May God bring the LITTLE EDEN family into unity through Him. Help us Lord to be a blessing to one another and others.

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 August: He shares in our pain

In his article in The Jesuit Institute South Africa, Russell Pollit asks a very pertinent question that most of us often wonder about “God, where are you in our suffering” The moral of the story in his article is that we are not exempt from pain and suffering. He goes on to say that Christ Himself suffered and was not spared from experiencing pain and suffering but God is always with us in our pain.

I can add to the above, that God does not only share in our pain but through it, we come out stronger and better human beings.

The work of LITTLE EDEN exposes us to different kinds of pain, most importantly emotional pain, especially for those who work first hand with our special boys and girls. When they are sick or dying, when they can’t express their frustrations, when they miss their biological family members or it’s been years since they have been to visit. Witnessing all this can’t be easy and is long lasting. However, like Domitilla often said, “The work of LITTLE EDEN teaches us to be better people” Through the residents one is taught patience, unconditional love, compassion and most importantly, it can strengthen our faith.

A positive outcome of a bad experience is not always immediate. It can take months and sometimes years. The lesson is to hang on in hard times and take comfort in knowing that you are not alone, God is always with you especially through difficult moments.

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.