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…

Divorce -middle aged man style?

Is it just me, or are guys getting dirtier in the way they abandon their wives? I've heard of several things from different couples that make me wonder what's up with that.

The first couple was strongly devoutly Catholic. I mean you drive by the yard and you really knew a Catholic family lives there from all of the statues, shrines, bikes in the driveway etc. A few months ago the man in the family told his wife he was sick of the entire thing and was going to divorce her. But before he ever filed any paper work he started rationing this SAHM's money so she had to beg for gas money or even a few bucks to get feminine hygiene supplies.

Another husband wanted to end their vacation NOW and ordered his wife and kids into the car. The wife protested (she wanted to do the laundry and pack up their stuff first). He physically dragged her to the car, drove home, and then filed for divorce.

Another husband informs his wife he is leaving her, but he has to stay in their marital home for a few more weeks until his new place is ready, just before the holidays. Nice timing huh?

There are plenty of other such stories up on divorce sites including Bai Macfarlane's Yahoo Group here.

What motivates a religious man in particular to abandon the wife of his youth?

Malachi 2:13-16, “Another thing you do: You flood the Lord’s altar with tears. You weep and wail because he no longer pays attention to your offering or accepts them with pleasure from your hands. You ask, “Why?” It is because the Lord is acting as the witness between you and the wife of your youth, because you have broken faith with her, though she is your partner, the wife of your marriage covenant. Has not the Lord made them one? In flesh and Spirit they are his. And why one? Because he was seeking godly offspring. So guard yourself in your spirit, and do not break faith with the wife of your youth.”

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