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Prayer for April
Help us Lord, through our daily duties, to always uphold the core values of our Society: Respect, Sanctity of Life and Love & Care.
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 April
A valuable gift of love
Saint Teresa of Calcutta once said, it’s not how much we give but how much love we put into giving.
Recently I received yet another token of appreciation from one of our residents, Daniella. She requested that I pass it on to a former Fidesco volunteer, Clémence, who had spent two years volunteering her services at LITTLE EDEN before returning home to France. These tokens of appreciation range from photographs, painted flags to knitted jerseys in the colours of the French flag.
Clémence spent the time carrying out various therapeutic stimulation activities with Daniella and her friends at Elvira Rota Village. These included teaching them about how much God loves them and preparing them to receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion…what joy she brought them!
It’s been almost four years since Clémence returned to her country. These ongoing tokens of appreciation from Daniella speak a thousand words to me, including the fact that they confirm the magnitude of the act of giving of oneself that it has on the recipient.
Often, due to intellectual disability, our residents are unable to comprehend fully the meaning of words or perhaps are unable to understand certain acts of giving but without a doubt they are able to understand love when it is given.
If we are to take a leaf out of the book of Daniella and Clémence’s story, it would be that when it comes to giving, elements such as time and compassion add value to the gift and have a lasting impact.
When you give, give with your heart!
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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 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.
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.