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…

Judas and Kerry

It seems to be the challenging question that most pro-Kerry-receiving-the-Eucharist folks like to throw up during a debate - and I've even heard Sean Hannity ask it on his radio show: Why are bishops denying Communion to these people when even Our Lord did not deny bread to Judas, whom he knew was His betrayer?

I guess those of us who support Bishop Burke et al are supposed to quake in our shoes over that one.

A careful viewing of the scriptures however prove this question to be the red herring that it really is.

For starters, once Judas has betrayed our Lord, as in willfully, with full knowledge and with free will, he never receives the Eucharist from our Lord or anyone else ever again. Indeed Judas' willful and public betrayal of Jesus ultimately ends in his own demise.

There is absolutely no parallel with John Kerry and the other politicians. They are not contemplating a public betrayal of their faith, they have already loudly and proudly betrayed it. But like Judas, unworthy reception will eventually lead to their spiritual demise.

Secondly, if we look at John Chapter 6, when our Lord gives the full teaching on His true presence in the Eucharist, many reject the teaching as being too hard. Note that our Lord does not call them back. He lets them leave, again with free will. He didn't change the teaching to make it easier, He didn't tell them to receive even if they didn't believe - He let them go/

The Pro-Life, Pro Eucharist Bishops call these politicians to the truth, not the watered down version.

Looking forward to getting this question in real life sometime!

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