Pray with us
Prayer for November
We pray that the language and dialogue of love may always prevail over the language of conflict.
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 November
Determination goes hand-in-hand with Faith
In 1969, LITTLE EDEN Society purchased a plot of land in Bapsfontein (Elvira Rota Village), an area which was known for dry land and limited water. Through a special monthly instalment arrangement with the owner, the property was eventually paid off in 1980. Unfortunately this was at a time, as it still is today, when LITTLE EDEN was in urgent need of funds for the daily needs of the residents.
The Board requested that the plot be sold to raise funds but Domitilla, the founder of LITTLE EDEN, was not convinced that selling was the best option as she envisioned the area becoming a calm and suitable place for older and higher functioning residents in an environment where they could participate in daily activities such as gardening and farming. Domitilla asked the Board to give her just one opportunity to drill for water and if the process bore no fruit, they had her blessing to sell the property.
With confidence that there would be no water, the Board approved Domitilla’s request. To their surprise, at first dig, approximately 19000 gallons of water an hour came gushing out! We all know how this story turned out – Domitilla’s dream came true. In the early1990’s the first residents moved to the village and today, 120 residents call Elvira Rota Village their home.
A similar level of determination and faith can be applied when one is faced with challenges in achieving certain dreams. A closed door does not always mean no-through passage; it may simply mean making an effort in turning the nob and pushing the door open.
Persevere; your dream may just be one dig away!
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.