Pray with us
Prayer for April
Lord, we pray for your protection and healing as the world battles the coronavirus pandemic.
Please protect our residents, staff and the world during this difficult period.
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.
Use this prayer for private devotions to request special intentions, favours, healings, requests or miracles through the intervention 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 whih 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 April
“Be still and know that I am God”
I wanted to write about the late Fr Joseph Leathem OMI. I wanted to pay tribute to him for his selfless contribution to the work of LITTLE EDEN Society, the care and compassion he had for our angels and most importantly the religious support he gave to the Founders of our organisation since 1988, when he become the parish priest at St Therese, Edenvale. Thank you Fr Leathem.
However, as we all now know, the world is being held to ransom by the Coronavirus pandemic and more recently, the increasing number of infections in our country forced the authorities to put the country on lockdown for a period of 21 days as part of the measures to combact this deadly virus.
A period of uncertainty indeed especially as organisations such as LITTLE EDEN are the hardest hit as the financial impact of this pandemic becomes more apparent each day.
Is there a positive outcome to this somber period I wonder? Most definitely! When was the last time you had 21 days (regardless of the circumstances) to “be still”? The bible,Psalm 37:7 commands us to do just that when it says “Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for Him to act.”
While the circumstances around the enforced 21 day lockdown in South Africa are not all positive and as we hand over this dark period of our lives to the one who created us all, let us use this time to reflect, work on our relationship with God and ask Him to help us rediscover our purpose in this life. If we do this, I am convinced that we will emerge victorious and as better individuals after this period of stillness.
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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 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.