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…

Explanations to some common misunderstandings about the Catholic Church.

I never really had a chance to answer Amanda's issues with the Catholic Church, but it occurred to me that maybe her list was representative of some of the more common misunderstandings about the Catholic Church. So I thought it might be informative to do a series of basic explanations on Catholicism using Amanda's list as the basis.

Amanda gives the doctrine she is addressing and the proof text she sees as being biblically against it.

CATHOLIC DOCTRINE: rosaries,

She didn't really have a text against the rosary but I don't think she is aware of how biblical the rosary really is! So here are some links about the history of the rosary and the different bits of scripture that tie into each decade.

The scriptural rosary. An example of the first Joyful Mystery.


Our Father

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a virgin;/ and the virgin's name was Mary. (Lk 1:26-27)

Hail Mary

'Rejoice, so highly favored!/ The Lord is with you.' (Lk 1:28)

Hail Mary

She was deeply disturbed by these words/ and asked herself what this greeting could mean.

(Lk 1:29)

Hail Mary

But the angel said to her, 'Mary, do not be afraid;/ you have won God's favor.' (Lk 1:30)

Hail Mary

'Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son,/ and you must name him Jesus.' (Lk 1:31)

Hail Mary

'He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High;/ and his reign will have no end.'

(Lk 1:32-33)

Hail Mary

Mary said to the angel, 'But how can this come about,/ since I am a virgin?' (Lk 1:34)

Hail Mary

'The Holy Spirit will come upon you/ and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow.' (Lk 1:35)

Hail Mary

'And so the child will be holy/ and will be called Son of God.' (Lk 1:35)

Hail Mary

'I am the handmaid of the Lord,' said Mary/ 'let what you have said be done to me.' (Lk 1:38)

Hail Mary

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit./ As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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Scriptural Rosary

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