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…

Remembering our Beloved Dead - Karen Marie Knapp

Some of you from St. Blog's might remember Karen Marie Knapp who blogged at From the Anchor Hold. Karen lived in Milwaukee but on a visit to her family in Akron, she suddenly passed away in the summer of 2007. Coincidentally, she is buried in the same cemetery as my baby and my father.

I had visited Karen's grave shortly after her death, but there was no permanent marking. Earlier this month I went back and her grave is marked on the stone along with her parents. I wanted to share these photos with those who use to read her blog. Let's remember Karen in our prayers this last week of November.

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