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 (p.m.)

  • tags: abortion catholic election

    • Just ahead of Election Day, one of the most influential American churchmen in the Vatican, Cardinal-designate Raymond L. Burke, has warned Catholic voters in the United States that they may never vote for politicians who support abortion rights or same-sex marriage, position usually associated with Democratic candidates.

      Burke, an outspoken conservative and the former archbishop of
      St. Louis who will
      be made a cardinal
      by Pope Benedict XVI next month, made his remarks in a videotaped interview in Rome with Thomas J. McKenna, head of Catholic Action for Faith and Family, a conservative lobbying group based in San Diego.

      the interview, which Catholic
      taped on Oct. 20 and started promoting Thursday on YouTube, McKenna
      asks Burke, "Is it ever licit for a Catholic to vote for a pro-abortion
      candidate, a candidate who either in a platform or who has voted, has shown
      himself to support that. Is it ever valid?"

      "No," Burke answers. "You can
      never vote for someone who favors absolutely the right to choice of a woman to
      destroy a human life in her womb or the right to a procured abortion."

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