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 Letter To Gabe for his Confirmation Retreat!

March 5 and 6, 2010
My Dearest Gabe;
I can’t express to you enough what a wonderful gift you have been to your father and me from the very moment you were born. You have always been such a beautiful, good natured, fun loving and enjoyable baby, little boy and now young man. I am so proud of you and so honored to be your mother.

You know Gabe, you have always been a big guy. When I was pregnant with you the midwife was always amazed at how big you were getting inside of my stomach. And when you came out (with much effort!) you were as big as some 3 month olds! You have stayed ahead of the curve in size for kids your age. I think it is because God has given you a big heart. You are so full of love and joy you needed a big heart to keep it all in and a big body to hold it all. You are my gentle giant.

I know God has a special plan for you and I look forward to helping you figure out what that might be. Always hang on to the memory of these times, remember all that your father and I have taught you, and continue to grow in your Catholic Faith. Dark days will come – they come for all of us – but if you practice your Catholic Faith and continue to grow in love with Jesus and close to the Blessed Mother, you will always get through them.

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And always remember, no matter what, your father and I love you very, very much and we are always, always here for you. We love you with all of our hearts.

…and you will always be our Gaberhead!!
IMG_2264Can’t wait to get you “confirmated”!!!

Love, Mom and Dad

Sirach Chapter 6:
3 My son, from your youth embrace discipline; thus will you find wisdom with graying hair.
4 For discipline is like her name, she is not accessible to many.24
Listen, my son, and heed my advice; refuse not my counsel.25
Put your feet into her fetters, and your neck under her yoke.26
Stoop your shoulders and carry her and be not irked at her bonds.27
With all your soul draw close to her; with all your strength keep her ways.28
Search her out, discover her; seek her and you will find her. Then when you have her, do not let her go;29 Thus will you afterward find rest in her, and she will become your joy.30
If you are willing to listen, you will learn; if you give heed, you will be wise.34
Frequent the company of the elders; whoever is wise, stay close to him.35
Be eager to hear every godly discourse; let no wise saying escape you.36
If you see a man of prudence, seek him out; let your feet wear away his doorstep!37 Reflect on the precepts of the LORD, let his commandments be your constant meditation; Then he will enlighten your mind, and the wisdom you desire he will grant.

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