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Prayer for February

Oh Lord, renew the love that we have in our hearts for you. Strengthen the love that we share among ourselves and bring us the unity that we need. We pray for peace and prosperity over LITTLE EDEN.

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 February

A New Commandment: Embrace the love that the Lord has bestowed

A new commandment I give unto you: that you love one another as I have loved you, that you love one another as I have loved you. By this shall all men know that you are my disciples: if you have love one for another. By this shall all know that you are my disciples: if you have love one for another.

In the heart of our mission at LITTLE EDEN Society, the essence of love takes centre stage. As we reflect upon the profound words of the hymn inspired by 1 John 4:20 – “A new commandment I give unto you, that you love one another” – we are reminded of the transformative power of love within our community.

The verse from 1 John 4:20 serves as a touching reminder of the divine command to embrace and extend love to one another. At LITTLE EDEN Society, this commandment resonates deeply as we provide lifelong care to 300 children and adults living with Profound Intellectual Disability. It is a reminder that love is not only a moral imperative but also a cornerstone of our shared humanity.

In the spirit of this new commandment, the LITTLE EDEN community stands united in fostering an environment where love is not just an emotion but an action. Each resident, caregiver, and supporter play a vital role in creating a space where compassion, understanding, and acceptance flourish.

Our angels, despite their unique challenges, embody the purest form of love – a love that transcends words and is expressed through smiles, laughter, and the joyous connections formed between caregivers and residents. It is a testament to the transformative impact of love when it is unconditionally given and received.

As we navigate the intricacies of caring for those living with intellectual disability, the verse encourages us to look beyond differences and see the common thread that binds us – the thread of love. It prompts us to embrace inclusivity, cultivate empathy, and extend kindness to one another.

The hymn’s timeless message serves as an invitation to the broader community to join hands with LITTLE EDEN in fostering a culture of love. It challenges us to step outside our comfort zones, reach out to those who may be marginalised, and embody the love that can bring about positive change. In the spirit of “A new commandment,” let us be inspired by the selfless love demonstrated daily at LITTLE EDEN. Whether through volunteering, donations, or simply acts of kindness, each member of the community has the power to make a difference.

As we move forward, let us embrace the call to love one another, recognising that in doing so, we contribute to building a community where everyone, regardless of ability, is truly valued and cherished. In the words of the hymn, ” By this shall all know that you are my disciples: if you have love one for another.” May the love that defines the LITTLE EDEN Society community serve as a beacon, inspiring us all to embody the transformative power of love in our daily lives.

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.