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 11/08/2010 (a.m.)

  • The pope is a very brave defender of the faith.

    tags: currentevents pope papacy Catholic morality

    • BARCELONA, Spain (AP) — Pope Benedict XVI strongly defended traditional
      families and the rights of the unborn Sunday, directly attacking Spanish laws
      that allow gay marriage, fast-track divorce and easier abortions as he dedicated
      Barcelona’s iconic church, the Sagrada Familia.

    • It was the second time in as many days that Benedict had criticized the policies
      of Spain’s Socialist government and called for Europe as a whole to rediscover
      Christian teachings and apply them to everyday life.
    • As he headed to the church named for the sacred family, about 200 gays and
      lesbians staged a ‘kiss-in’ to protest his visit and church policies on
      homosexuals, condom use and a host of other issues.
    • Benedict has focused much of his pontificate on trying to fight secular trends
      in the West such as the legal recognition of same-sex unions.
  • Some important information about the possible contribution of artificial homones to breast cancer development.

    tags: currentevents cancer breastcancer

    • We live in the world of media messaging where the one with the most money and
      the loudest message wins the day. What is the “Race for the Cure”? Why are we
      not being told the truth about the real risks and prevention for breast cancer?
      According to the SEER data at the National Cancer Institute, there has been a
      400% increase in noninvasive — or “in situ” (in the same place) — breast cancer
      in pre-menopausal women since 1975. How do abortion, hormone replacement
      therapy, and hormonal contraception factor into the equation?

    • For years, abortion, hormonal replacement therapy and hormonal contraception
      have been largely ignored by most of the medical community and the media in
      general as significant risk factors for breast cancer. However, studies have
      consistently concluded that breast cancer risk increases as a result of these
      three factors.

    • There are many other studies that have been published as well that confirm that
      abortion presents increased risk to women for breast cancer, and that confirm
      that carrying a baby to full term provides a natural protection to the mother if
      the pregnancy is not unnaturally interrupted.
    • For years, doctors have been prescribing hormone replacement therapy for
      women who experience hot flashes and periods of sweating in menopause. The
      widespread belief was that these hormones would not only reduce a woman’s risk
      for heart disease but also keep her “youthful, sexy, and healthy.” This week the
      New York Times reported that studies have now confirmed that taking these
      hormones not only increases breast cancer risk, but “also make it more likely
      that the cancer will be advanced and deadly” (New York Times, Oct. 19,

    • The number of young women on “the Pill” is alarming. Have these girls been
      told that “the Pill” has been classified as a Group 1 carcinogen by the
      International Agency on Research for Cancer, a research arm of the World Health
      Organization? Are women in general being informed that any form of hormonal
      (estrogen-progestin combination) birth control (including “the Pill,” the patch,
      Depo-Provera, Norplant, Ortho Vera Patch, or any others on the market) are
      actually increasing risk for breast, cervical, and liver cancer?

    • It is necessary to give a much higher dose than that given in hormone
      replacement therapy because younger women have active, healthy ovaries. Does
      this give better context to the 400% increase in “in situ” breast cancer in
      pre-menopausal women since 1975?

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