Pray with us
Prayer for October
Lord we come before you, to ask for protection and spiritual healing for our residents, staff & families. We pray to you to keep us safe and help us to trust you as our refuge and strength.
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 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.
Those who obtain favours through the intercession of Domitilla and Danny Hyams are asked to notify the Postulator of their Cause at firstname.lastname@example.org or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus October
Blessed is the heart that gives
LITTLE EDEN Society was founded through a vision that the Servant of God Domitilla Rota Hyams had decades ago, a vision steeped in prayer. She is described by many as a woman who stood with God and had a genuine love to help and become involved in her community. She faced adversity and kept going forward, with prayer as her sword.
There are many life lessons to be learned from Domitilla who not only lived her life as a wife and mother but as a community leader whose legacy continues to live on well after her passing.
The Oxford dictionary describes generosity as the act of being willing to do kind things or give somebody money, gifts or time freely, and, this is the cornerstone of what LITTLE EDEN Society was built upon. With nothing to lose she (Domitilla) gave with an absolute conviction that the Lord would provide and provide He did.
In our society today, we are inundated with negativity from all over the world, with less focus on the positive things that surround us, but Domitilla has left behind a clear pathway that “good begets good”. Despite having her own family, Domitilla went out of her way to heed her calling and 55 years later, LITTLE EDEN Society stands tall. What does Domitilla’s life teach us? It teaches us that the more you give the more you receive. That we should follow in the Lord’s path for our lives, be kinder and full of help for other people and leave a legacy for the generations that will follow behind us. This has become more important than ever as the world becomes a place where unspeakable things are happening all around us. It becomes very clear that we have devastated the world so much that the world may look very different to the generations that will come after us.
So, let us take a page from Domitilla’s life and legacy and choose the path that best brings us closer to God and His goodness while we are here on earth, leaving a footprint of which we can be proud.
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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.