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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I found the commencement address given by Reverend William M. O'Beirne, O.P. at St. Mary's College Notre Dame, Indiana on August 1, 1952 - my mother's graduation. It is entitled The Catholic Teacher and Theology. What is fascinating to me is that this was written about 15 years or so before the "spirit of Vatican II" started dumbing down Catholic education in the Catholic schools. I'll be blogging on this for the next couple of weeks on Sunday Snippets - see what you think.
Our late Holy Father, Pope Pius XI, in his encyclical on the Christian Education of Youth made this statement:

The product of Christian education is the supernatural man who thinks, judges and acts constantly and consistently in accordance with right reason, illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ. (p 89)

There are two observations we would like to make on this statement.

First, since the individual just described by our late holy Father is the product of Christian education, it follows that the object, the end of any Christian educator, any Catholic teacher, and so the object that practically all of you must have in view in your life's work, is to cooperate with divine grace in teaching students to think, judge and act by the way just described.

Second, theology may be very aptly described as the science that gives one facility in thinking, judging and acting, constantly and consistently, in accordance with right reason, illumined by the supernatural light of the example and teaching of Christ.

You will probably agree with these observations. Granting that they are correct, it seems obvious that theology is the best intellectional preparation that the Christian educator, the Catholic teacher, can be provided with, if she is to attain the object, the end of Christian education.

Let me illustrate this truth a little.
Apparently around 1965 or so the idea of teaching theology didn't matter any more because at that point, at least in my young Catholic education, we started doing a lot of burlap banners complete with felt butterflies - and that passed as religion class... barf!

Continued next week.
The Catholic Teacher and Theology

Also - this week I blogged about my mother's college yearbook from St. Mary's College (The sister college of Notre Dame at the time), complete with pictures!

My co-blogger Kelly writes a well-researched post on the sex scandal in the church.

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