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 10/27/2010 (a.m.)

  • more hope and change?
    • In all, there are now 30 million real unemployed Americans -- not just the 15 million "officially" being counted by the Bureau of Labor Statistics -- and they are all entitled to every reasonable public, private, 'public & private',and organized labor-based effort to find them employment. But we know that a jobless recovery can seem even more "jobless" to some out-of-work Americans than others, and right now it is our nation's African Americans, Latinos, blue collar males with high school diplomas and older workers who are facing much higher unemployment rates than other Americans.

      Side by side with these unemployed workers for whom the challenge of
      reemployment is particularly high, however, are, as I said, five million youth who are desperately seeking initial employment. And this is not by any measure a static number, for each year, in recessions and in good times alike, another 6.4 million or so young people graduate from high school and college.

      Five million is a huge, unprecedented number of unemployed youth -- in recent past recessions it never exceeded 1.5 to 2 million -- and the reason that this issue is so important is because a young person's prolonged delay into his first job has career-long impacts which show up as more limited job skills, fewer subsequent promotions and thus much lower lifetime income.

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