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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Lots of action this week over at Visits to Candyland.
Candy ran her annual "Catholic church is the Whore of Babylon" post which we easily countered.

Another blogger wrote:
If the Church is teaching things that are contrary to scripture, persecuting God's people, and uniting itself with governments, then it is acting as the harlot of Babylon, which the reformers and earlier dissenters recognized. She is called that because she leaves the protection of her husband and unites herself with other protectors (states), seduces people by a false gospel, and kills those who do not comply. This is the picture in Revelation 17. This is what the reformers and other earlier bible christians saw and testified to. Thousands and thousands were killed for not bowing to this 'church'. This was happening for hundreds of years, up until the late 1800's. The papacy lost temporal power then, but still influenced states by concordats and other treaties in the last century and this one. I believe it will happen again, and be united with other 'church' hierarchies to persecute those who hold to the word of Christ. So I am here to give this perspective as a warning to watch for the signs of the times.

79 comments later, we're still discussing it.

A couple of thoughts.
I wonder if some churches just spend all of their time railing against Catholicism? Do they discuss anything else or is the whole source and summit of their purpose just to not be Catholic?

Secondly, I said that when I first read that comment, the words "nut case" came into my mind. That's been deleted, I apologized, but I'm just stunned by the folks who apparently just keep watch on their readers to make sure that I tow the the line, but don't seem to have any other opinion or reason for commenting. It is apparently okay to attack the Catholic Church in the most viscious or absurd manner, but to opine that such attacks are nutty, brings their rath. It's curious.

On a brighter note, this week brings the birthday of the Blessed Mother. We intend to have a white dinner, and this time we are opting for white chili, with white cake for desert!

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