A Note to a Dear Friend (and you are one of them)


Thomas Couture, “Soap Bubbles” (1859) The Met

A Note to a Dear Friend (and you are one of them),

You know that I never will be able to give enough thanks and praise to our Good God, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, for all the blessings He has made manifest thru you: your thoughts, your words, your actions, your prayers—the intention of your heart—but most of all, His Divine Presence in you, with you, and working thru you.

No pure intention goes unanswered.

I have received so much.

My family has become so rich.

Praise be to God for His obedience in you—for allowing yourself to be an instrument in His mighty, powerful, faithful, and always present hand.

Thank you for your sacrifice.

Thank you for placing it upon the altar.

Thank you for participating in the sufferings of Jesus.

Thank you for offering up.

Thank you for receiving.

Thank you for doing so in union with Christ Jesus.

Thank you for praying the Eucharistic prayer.

Thank you for assisting Christ at Mass.

Thank you for saying “Amen”, “So be it”, “Yes”.

God bless you.

God bless you.

God bless you.

—It is I, little Howie Hain of Long Island, who pens this message and prayer to and for you. I, a small, poor, silly man, offering you the child of an Eternal King a present. I humbly wrap it in The Loving Wounds of Jesus. I devoutly seal it with The Precious Blood of Christ Crucified. And I gently deliver it upon the luminous rays of Christ Risen, Christ Ascended, and Christ promising to come again.

Please then receive this small “coin” as if handed to you by the poor woman in the Gospel whom Jesus praises—offering “little” but all that she has. Receive it as from a dear friend, a friend filled with gratitude, a friend bowing down his soul to praise the Lord, a friend asking The Good God to bless you—all of you—each and every one of you—those I have spent much time with in person and those I have spent much time with at Mass and in prayer but have never “met” nor even laid human eyes upon.

Christ is mighty.

His family is real.

The Community of Believers is present.

The Communion of Saints surrounds us.

The Holy Angels cheer!

“Holy, Holy, Holy…”


In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.   Amen.


—Howard Hain


Web Link: Thomas Couture, “Soap Bubbles” (1859) The Met




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