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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…

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One of the things I thought about this week in conjunction with Sam's Birthday was the importance of giving control of the birth process back to women. With the C-section rate soaring and celebrities opting for Cesareans as if they were going in for a pedicure, I think it is important for young women to feel confident in their ability to grow and birth their own babies. Medical intervention should only be an emergency supplement to their birth choices, not the main course. How Health Care legislation affects this remains to be seen. And why is this a Catholic issue? Because how a woman is treated in birth can help determine how she feels about remaining open to new life. If women aren't treated with dignity and respect during one of the most intimate moments of their life, it can just close their hearts to the idea of having more children. It happened to me. Sam's birth changed all of that for me.

We had a couple of good feast days last week so I blogged about St. Agnes and St. Sebastian

Lots of action this week over at Visits to Candyland.

Kelly blogged about a passage from the book The Crucified Rabbi: Judaism and the Origins of Catholic Christianity about the tradition of invoking the name of someone's mother in prayer. That certainly got a discussion going with the anti-Mary crowd.

The discussion also moved to my reposting of an examination of the Hail Mary


Elswhere, Hilltop Farm had a review of The Gospel Truth: A Lectionary-Based Catechism for Adults - Cross-Referenced to the U.S. Catholic Catechism for Adults that looks pretty interesting, so I bought a copy.




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