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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 10/29/2010 (a.m.)

  • tags: family sisters

    • An example is Colleen, a widow in her 80s who told me that she’d been very
      close to her unmarried sister throughout their lives, though they never
      discussed their personal problems. An image of these sisters has remained
      indelible in my mind.


      Late in life, the sister came to live with Colleen and her husband. Colleen
      recalled that each morning after her husband got up to make coffee, her sister
      would stop by Colleen’s bedroom to say good morning. Colleen would urge her
      sister to join her in bed. As they sat up in bed side by side, holding hands,
      Colleen and her sister would “just talk.”

    • An example is Colleen, a widow in her 80s who told me that she’d been very
      close to her unmarried sister throughout their lives, though they never
      discussed their personal problems. An image of these sisters has remained
      indelible in my mind.


      Late in life, the sister came to live with Colleen and her husband. Colleen
      recalled that each morning after her husband got up to make coffee, her sister
      would stop by Colleen’s bedroom to say good morning. Colleen would urge her
      sister to join her in bed. As they sat up in bed side by side, holding hands,
      Colleen and her sister would “just talk.”


      That’s another kind of conversation that many women engage in which baffles
      many men: talk about details of their daily lives, like the sweater they found
      on sale — details, you might say, as insignificant as those about last night’s
      ballgame which can baffle women when they overhear men talking. These seemingly
      pointless conversations are as comforting to some women as “troubles talk”
      conversations are to others.


      So maybe it’s true that talk is the reason having a sister makes you happier,
      but it needn’t be talk about emotions. When women told me they talk to their
      sisters more often, at greater length and about more personal topics, I suspect
      it’s that first element — more often — that is crucial rather than the last.

  • explanation of the local ballot issues - finally!

    tags: currentevents

  • tags: breastfeeding cancer health


    • Breastfeeding protects the mother?  While we generally
      focus on the positive benefits of breastfeeding for the infants, there are
      additional benefits for the mother as well.  Breastfeeding has been found
      to provide a measure of protection against uterine, cervical and ovarian cancers
      as well as breast cancer.  

      A study by Yale University researchers
      showed that women who breastfed for two years or longer reduced their risk of
      breast cancer by 50 percent.  The researchers studied the medical history
      of 808 Chinese women in the rural Shandong province from 1997 to 1999.  The
      women were aged 30 to 80 and half had breast cancer and half did not. The study
      was published in the American Journal of
      Epidemiology
      .  Although the study did not explore the reasons why
      breastfeeding appears to lower the risk of breast cancer, some researchers say
      it could be because breastfeeding reduces exposure to estrogen, and yet another
      theory is that fat-soluble pollutants and carcinogens are not stored as much in
      lactating breasts than in non-lactation breasts.


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