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 11/30/2010 (a.m.)

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    • JESSE TREE SCRIPTURES (The symbols are only

      December 1 Creation: Gen. 1:1-31; 2:1-4
      Symbols: sun, moon, stars, animals, earth

      December 2 Adam and Eve: Gen. 2:7-9,
      18-24 Symbols: tree, man, woman

      December 3 Fall of Man: Gen. 3:1-7 and
      23-24 Symbols: tree, serpent, apple with bite

      December 4 Noah: Gen. 6:5-8,
      13-22; 7:17, 23, 24; 8:1, 6-22 Symbols: ark, animals, dove, rainbow

      December 5 Abraham: Gen.
      12:1-3 Symbols: torch, sword, mountain

      December 6 Isaac: Gen. 22:1-14 Symbols:
      bundle of wood, altar, ram in bush

      December 7 Jacob: Gen. 25:1-34; 28:10-15
      Symbols: kettle, ladder

      December 8 Joseph: Gen. 37:23-28; 45:3-15
      Symbols: bucket, well, silver coins, tunic

      December 9 Moses: Ex. 2:1-10 Symbols: baby in basket, river and rushes

      December 10 Samuel: 1 Sam. 3:1-18 Symbols: lamp, temple

      December 11 Jesse: 1 Sam. 16:1-13 Symbols: crimson robe,
      shepherd's staff

      December 12 David: 1 Sam. 17:12-51 Symbols: slingshot,
      6-pointed star

      December 13 Solomon: 1 Kings 3:5-14, 16-28 Symbols:
      scales of justice, temple, two babies and sword

      December 14 Joseph: Matt. 1:18-25 Symbols: hammer, saw,
      chisel, angle

      December 15 Mary: Matt. 1:18-25; Luke 1:26-38 Symbols:
      lily, crown of stars, pierced heart

      December 16 John the Baptist: Mark 1:1-8 Symbols: shell
      with water, river

      On December 17, the Church begins to intensify the preparation for Christmas
      with the use of the "O" Antiphons during the Liturgy of the Hours. The symbols
      for the Jesse Tree from December 17 to 23 are based on the "O" Antiphons.

      December 17 Jesus is Wisdom: Sirach (or Ecclesiasticus in old
      Bibles) 24:2; Wisdom 8:1 Symbols: oil lamp, open book

      December 18 Jesus is Lord: Ex. 3:2; 20:1 Symbols:
      burning bush, stone tablets

      December 19 Jesus is Flower of Jesse: Isaiah 11:1-3
      Symbols: flower, plant with flower

      December 20 Jesus is Key of David: Isaiah 22:22 Symbols:
      key, broken chains

      December 21 Jesus is the Radiant Dawn: Psalm 19:6-7
      (in older Bibles this will be Psalm 18) Symbols: sun rising or
      high in sky

      December 22 Jesus is King of the
      : Psalm 2:7-8; Ephesians 2:14-20 Symbols: crown, scepter

      December 23 Jesus is Emmanuel: Isaiah
      7:14; 33:22 Symbols: tablets of stone, chalice and host

      December 24 Jesus is Light of the World:
      John 1:1-14 Symbols: candle, flame, sun

      Activity Source: Jesse Tree
      Kit, A
      by Betsy Walter, Pauline Books and Media, Boston, MA, 1983

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