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Prayer for May

As we celebrate the centenary of Domitilla’s birth, we thank you Lord for blessing us with her life.

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 May: Your life is a gift to others!

As we celebrate the centenary of the birth of Domitilla, the founder of LITTLE EDEN, we thank God for blessing us with her life. We reminisce on the impact she had and continues to have not only in the lives of the over 1000 residents who have been through the hands of LITTLE EDEN since its inception but the families of all those residents, individuals employed at LITTLE EDEN and the overall impact which a place like our Society has within our community and the country as a whole.

Indeed, Domitilla’s life was a blessing and a treasure to many!

Pablo Picasso, one of the most influential painters once said “The meaning of life is to find your gift; the purpose is to give it away.” Think of some of the world recognised talented individuals and the emotions they bring out in their fans by using their talents. It could be through sports, music, art, motivational speaking…the impact is immeasurable!

The beauty about discovering your gift or your calling is that one does not need to be an internationally recognised star however it is the positive influence one has over the lives of people around us. It could be being the best mother, the best husband, a friend to someone who needs a listening ear, a teacher, a nurse. It’s all about the ripple effect your existence has on your family members, friends or even strangers observing your life and being encouraged by how you handle life or how you make the best of your blessings.

Pursue your true purpose in life and be a gift to others!

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.