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…


It was a beautiful day today. The kids and I had a picnic in the park and then we headed out to Holy Cross Cemetery to say the stations of the cross. For my non-Catholic readers, the stations of the cross are usually a set of 14 stopping points where the prayerful stop and meditate about some aspect of Christ's passion and crucifixion. If it's done in a church the faithful usually walk around the perimeter of the inside of the church. At the cemetery, the fourteen stations are set up outside at the foot of the large cross in place. The traveling is representative of the journey we are all traveling on - a pilgrimage of sorts! This is a view of the cross at Holy Cross Cemetery.
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