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 Domestic Church: 40 ways to improve your Lent

I'm still in the middle of a very busy week! Our Lent started out with a mandatory fast from t.v. - the old television died yesterday. It was a quick and painless death after ten years of steady service! I would go without altogether, but as most of my fitness program depends on videos I have a new one coming - a modest 24 inch Sanyo that was discontinued for $40. It should be here soon as the shipping was more than the set!!

But we are in the midst of Lent. Last night after receiving our ashes, the kids and I sat down to listen to a book on tape. It was nice to have that kind of family togetherness using our imaginations as the story unfolds! I'm afraid I fell asleep during part of it, but it was still nice to be together!

I do want to really experience this Lenten season. I don't want it to happen with my on the fringes. With that in mind I went through some of my archives and found some of my old posts on the topic. As I get more time today I'll add more links.

I am happy to report that when I came downstairs yesterday, my table cloth had been removed and the purple Lenten table cloth had replaced it, complete with an appropriate Lenten centerpiece. My daughter Isadora did it! She is eight years old and I was so proud of her. Sometimes when I doubt whether the things I try to do to celebrate the liturgical year are getting through to the kids, it gets discouraging. But maybe some of it sticks. It sure seems to have gotten through to Izzy!

Lenten Links:

My Domestic Church: 40 ways to improve your Lent

Last year's Loveliness of Lent.

A Lenten centerpiece

1997 Lent in My Domestic Church