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…

Solemnity of Mary

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In the encyclical Marialis Cultus (1974) Pope Paul VI states: "This celebration, assigned to January 1 in conformity with the ancient liturgy of the city of Rome, is meant to commemorate the part played by Mary in this mystery of salvation. It is meant also to exalt the singular dignity which this mystery brings to the 'holy Mother . . . through whom we were found worthy . . . to receive the Author of life.' It is likewise a fitting occasion for renewed adoration of the newborn Prince of Peace, for listening once more to the glad tidings of the angels, and for imploring from God, through the Queen of Peace, the supreme gift of peace. For this reason . . . we have instituted the World Day of Peace, an observance that is gaining increasing support and is already bringing forth fruits of peace in the hearts of many" (no. 5).
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Father V. had a wonderful point to make in his homily last year. I shall attempt to paraphrase.

He said, that for practicing Catholics, resolutions at New Years is somewhat redundant. Catholics are always resolving to sin no more, each confession is an acknowledgement of where we have fallen short and we even have an entire season of Lent to come to terms with trying to be better Christians and human beings. And in our quest "to be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect" we look to one that God already perfected - Mary. Mary the meek, humble, obedient who always points us towards her son. And that really is a good reason to honor her solemnity and her maternity on this eighth day of Christmas.


We will also say the rosary together this evening.




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