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…

Catholic Sex Scandals, Redux over at Visits to Candlyand

We're having a passionate discussion over on Visits to Candyland.

This one is particularly maddening because it seems to certain posters the church can't do enough or anything to make amends or move in the right direction and if the Catholic commenters point to progress or apologies it's "too little, too late." For example:

Visits to Candyland: Catholic Sex Scandals, Part III: "Clearly we are at crosshairs here. You provide the myriad of apologies and I provide the example of a few people who want more than words. You are coming from a position of seeing all the progress that the church has made, and to many of us it seems too little, too late (at least for many survivors and others who have left the church because of the past.)"

I'm kind of thinking there's not much else to be said, but if you're interested take a look before we close the thread.

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