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 Daily Domestic Clips 08/11/2010 (p.m.)

  • So how does your home stack up as a domestic church?

    1. Could you be caught in prayer in your home?
    2. Do those who live in your house ever pray together – even grace? Do the heads of the house offer blessings?
    3. Are Christian/Catholic ideals in manner, speech, and action upheld, fostered and honored?
    4. Is Mass and regular confession a priority in scheduling?
    5. Do images, shows, stories, or any other manner of media invited into your living room through television, computers, and other electronic or print media noble or at least not scandalous?
    6. Are the poor served in some fashion from your home? (For example donations to charitable organizations etc.)
    7. Is the liturgical calendar celebrated in your home in anyway? (For example – does Christmas really seem Christ centered? Do you recognize your feast day?)
    8. Is the faith ever discussed (even the weekend’s homily)?
    9. Does your house show any sign of housing a people of faith? (For example – is there a crucifix well displayed and honored or do you have a holy water font?)
    10. Has your house been blessed or given a patron?
    11. Are there resources for learning or being inspired about the faith? Do you a book blessings and use it?
    12. Is your home a place of love and joy?

    tags: Catholic domestic church

  • Wow!

    tags: pubicschool education

    • The saddest
      part is that the majority of students don't have the opportunity
      to reflect as I did. The majority of students are put through the
      same brainwashing techniques in order to create a complacent labor
      force working in the interests of large corporations and secretive
      government, and worst of all, they are completely unaware of it.
      I will never be able to turn back these 18 years. I can't run away
      to another country with an education system meant to enlighten rather
      than condition. This part of my life is over, and I want to make
      sure that no other child will have his or her potential suppressed
      by powers meant to exploit and control. We are human beings. We
      are thinkers, dreamers, explorers, artists, writers, engineers.
      We are anything we want to be – but only if we have an educational
      system that supports us rather than holds us down. A tree can grow,
      but only if its roots are given a healthy foundation.
    • For those of
      you out there that must continue to sit in desks and yield to the
      authoritarian ideologies of instructors, do not be disheartened.
      You still have the opportunity to stand up, ask questions, be critical,
      and create your own perspective. Demand a setting that will provide
      you with intellectual capabilities that allow you to expand your
      mind instead of directing it. Demand that you be interested in class.
      Demand that the excuse, "You have to learn this for the test"
      is not good enough for you. Education is an excellent tool, if used
      properly, but focus more on learning rather than getting good grades.
    • For those of
      you that work within the system that I am condemning, I do not mean
      to insult; I intend to motivate. You have the power to change the
      incompetencies of this system. I know that you did not become a
      teacher or administrator to see your students bored. You cannot
      accept the authority of the governing bodies that tell you what
      to teach, how to teach it, and that you will be punished if you
      do not comply. Our potential is at stake.

      For those of
      you that are now leaving this establishment, I say, do not forget
      what went on in these classrooms. Do not abandon those that come
      after you. We are the new future and we are not going to let tradition
      stand. We will break down the walls of corruption to let a garden
      of knowledge grow throughout America. Once educated properly, we
      will have the power to do anything, and best of all, we will only
      use that power for good, for we will be cultivated and wise. We
      will not accept anything at face value. We will ask questions, and
      we will demand truth.

      So, here I
      stand. I am not standing here as valedictorian by myself. I was
      molded by my environment, by all of my peers who are sitting here
      watching me. I couldn't have accomplished this without all of you.
      It was all of you who truly made me the person I am today. It was
      all of you who were my competition, yet my backbone. In that way,
      we are all valedictorians.

      I am now supposed
      to say farewell to this institution, those who maintain it, and
      those who stand with me and behind me, but I hope this farewell
      is more of a "see you later" when we are all working together
      to rear a pedagogic movement. But first, let's go get those pieces
      of paper that tell us that we're smart enough to do so!

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