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…

7-Quick Takes

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1. SLO
is done with chemo and radiation! She looks great and is feeling better all the time. So glad to have this ordeal over with! Congrats SLO! You make breast cancer look easy!!

2. Sunday we will celebrate Calvin and Gabe's birthdays. I got Calvin a AAA membership and I even splurged for the PLUS! It will give me more peace of mind as he works over an hour away and in the winter time the roads can get kind of brutal.

3. I got Gabe a radio, CD, cassette player kind of like this one.  Mr. Pete bought me one a few years ago and Gabe kept borrowing.  Eventually the lid to the CD player was torn off, the tape door was gone and the antenna bent.  So I bought myself another one and wouldn't you know Gabe keeps taking it out of the kitchen!  So now he can have his own!!

4.  The boys have a gig tonight.  They are playing at a local coffee house with another band.  I've been looking forward to this all week

5.  Elizabeth Foss has an amazing article here.

An excerpt:
Wednesday definitely found me trying to make sense of it all, trying to hear what He was saying clearly. Turns out this wasn't an eight week experiment. It was the unveiling to me of a rule of life.
I need to start the day with prayer. Lots of it. And I need to pray it in the rhythm of the real Church, not the Church that other people represent to me.
I need to exercise every single day. (No, I don't mean when I'm sick, but I could really tell how the lack of routine could upset the apple cart even if I felt fine.)
I need to start the day (after the prayer and exercise start) with a shower, clothing and lipgloss, and then some quiet time with the Bible. I want my children to find me in that room, with a candle lit and the Bible on my lap when they first wake up. I don't want them to find me staring into my laptop.
I need to refrain from internet drama, even a little bit.
I need to limit the phone to times when my children and husband aren't present, so that I can be fully present in my home. And oh boy, I need to be fully present. To them.
I can't eat sugar or flour--not even a taste.
I find myself saying, yes, yes yes!  Except to the sugar and flour part - life has to be worth living after all!

6.  A young lady (and Catholic grade school graduate) is asking for my help in learning her faith.  I ordered a Catholic Answers Bible and am thinking about getting the Prove It Series.  I was also thinking about loaning her the Philadelphia Catholic in King James' Court.  Any other suggestions?

7. Epiphany moment of the week - I do not connect or correspond well with women who are prone to taking antidepressants. (I don't know about men but it would be interesting to find out.) When I stopped to think about it, just about every unresolved misunderstanding I have had online or in life has involved someone who is taking or has taken antidepressants. Is it a clash of personality types? Brain chemistry reactions?  I'm not sure, but it is something to be aware of in the future and act accordingly.
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