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Prayer for January
Lord, as we enter into a new year, we pray for renewed spiritual growth and dedication to serving with Love & Care, people with profound intellectual disability.
Protect our residents, staff and all who serve you Lord during this difficult time
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 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 email@example.com or Postulator, PO Box 121 Edenvale 1610 South Africa.
Harvesters of Jesus January
Noah’s ark – is it the Covid-19 story?
I don’t have enough fingers and toes to count the number of people that I know personally who have died or suffered a loss of a family member at the hands of COVID-19. We are continually living in fear for our own lives and the lives of those we care about.
As the second wave of the coronavirus in South Africa slowly but surely gains momentum, we could spend every waking moment being grateful for the air in our lungs…literally! One can see and feel fear behind the masks covering our faces; fear is written in the body language of the person standing in front of you in a queue as they turn back to check if the person behind is maintaining social distancing. At times we are even scared to answer our phones in fear of receiving the dreaded terrible news.
I was chatting with my mother recently and sharing with her the negative impact of this pandemic, especially at LITTLE EDEN and how grateful we are that most of the residents and staff who have been infected so far with the virus, were asymptomatic. She then reminded me of the story from the bible about Noah, who was instructed by God to build an ark. She said “The current situation is very similar to the story of Noah. People were urged to get on the ark so that they could be safe from the coming floods; but many failed to listen, and so they suffered the consequences. The only difference with the current story is that even those who adhere to the precautionary measures are dying because of those who fail or refuse to listen.” Sadly, this is true.
Let us change the narrative, if not for ourselves, then for the next person.
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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.