Writing a letter to your confirmation candidate

It seems that one of the biggest events in confirmation preparation in this country is the letters of support to be given to the confirmation candidates during their mandatory retreats.

I have three such letters saved on this blog:

Confirmation letter to my daughterConfirmation letter to my fourth sonConfirmation letter to to my third son
I've asked my children what they remember about the letter they got from me and their dad, and also what they remembered about the letters they received. 
The answer was not much, or at least nothing specific. In general they were happy to have gotten a bag full of letters and there was a sense of feeling loved and supported. I guess that's the main thing - for them to have a sense that this is an important step in their spiritual growth, and that people they know, love and respect have taken the time out of their lives to let them know that! So here are some tips on procuring and writing letters for young confirmation candidates. Start thinkin…

My body is having a mutiny!

Everytime I am under an unusual amount of stress, my body lets me know about it. It started back in the 4th grade when I just was NOT getting long division. Night after night I worked problems with my grandma until we were both exhausted and yet I still wasn't confident that I understood it completely. The day before a math test I would be nauseous and my stomach would hurt.

Other gut wrenching memories include my first day of Junior High as the new kid, going on job interviews, moving to a new city etc. Heck, on my wedding day my neck froze solid and I could not move from side to side because of the pain!

Now people don't know this about me by just looking at me. In fact I have had many people mention how calm I am in the face of stress and in a crisis and it's true, I am. I remain very level headed and am able to act calmly- but I guarantee when it is all over I will have a stomach ache that will send me to the bathroom and then to bed!

I am having such a situation now! Last week my husband went to a convention for a few days and I was sorta cool with that. It doubles my work load but I was relatively prepared and didn't think I minded until I woke up the morning he was leaving and my stomach reminded me otherwise. I made it through the week OK and he came back Saturday so I should be fine right? well apparently wrong! and now I think I know why.

This is the weekend my husband and I have to give the Spirituality Talk for our parish Pre-Cana Day. We've been working on it and I got a lot of help from Rex. I think we're going to be OK, but WOW the week I am having until Saturday comes!!

So maybe if ya'll wouldn't mind a few prayers that this aching body of mine could just RELAX until then, I would greatly appreciate it!

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