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 04/13/2011 (a.m.)

  • "Sabas the Goth of Wallachia , Lector, martyrAlso Sabbas, Saba, SavasDied in 372; tortured to death, body thrown into the river Mussovo, CappadociaCommemorated April 12Patronage: lectors (readers), torture victimsIn art, Saint Sabas is sometimes pictured suspended by his fingers from a figtree, or being thrown into a river.St. Sabashttp://www.proclaimnet.net/patron.htm#SabasAlso known as Sabbas the Goth, a martyr in the area of modern Romania.Died 372. The account of the martyrdom of Saint Sabas was recorded in a lettersoon after his death at the hands of a Gothic ruler north of the Danube. SaintJerome tells us that King Athanaric of the Goths began persecuting Christians inhis tribe about 370. Sabas, converted to Christianity in his youth, was Lectorto the priest Sansala, apparently at Targoviste in modern Romania.We are told that Sabas exemplified the Christian virtues of obedience andhumility, and that he loved to sing the divine praises in church and decoratethe altar. His desire for chastity was so great that he refrained from evenspeaking to women unless it was absolutely necessary. Most of all, Sabas lovedthe truth.Sabas denounced the practice of some Christians of pretending to eat meatoffered to pagan gods though in reality it had not been sacrificed to the godsby arrangement with some officers. He said that they had renounced the faith bytheir pretense. For this, he was forced into exile but later was allowed toreturn.During another persecution the following year, some Christians swore that therewere no Christians among them. Sabas loudly proclaimed his Christianity. Afterhis first arrest, he was released as an insignificant fellow, owning nothing butthe clothes on his back, 'who can do us neither good nor harm.'Just before Easter 372, the persecution was renewed. Atharidus and his troopsbroke into the lodgings of the sleeping Sansala, bound him, and threw him on acart. They pulled Sabas

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