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…

Simple Woman- The Holy Week Edition.

Outside my window...
If it doesn't get sunny and warm soon I think I will lose my mind!  Rain, rain, rain and a wet basement - I'm really tired of it.

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Although it is kind of fitting for Holy Week

I am thinking...
about my friend's father who just passed away as a non-believer.  The sparse service at the funeral home made me very much appreciate the richness of a Catholic Funeral and graveside service. 

I am thankful ...
for good friends and how my parish family is able to support each other during difficult times.

From my prayer book/bible:
This stood out for me this morning during morning prayer:
Jesus said: My heart is nearly broken with sorrow; stay here and keep watch with me.

I haven't been the most watchful even during Lent, but Holy Week is another chance to redouble in efforts and fortitude.

This also was from the sermon of St. Augustine.  I guess I had never really thought of the incarnation in this way:

Who is Christ if not the Word of God: in the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God? This Word of God was made flesh and dwelt among us. He had no power of himself to die for us: he had to take from us our mortal flesh. This was the way in which, though immortal, he was able to die; the way in which he chose to give life to mortal men: he would first share with us, and then enable us to share with him. Of ourselves we had no power to live, nor did he of himself have the power to die.

From the learning rooms...
Spring break, although I  hope we can finish  Uncle Tom's Cabin this week so I can take the books back to the library..

From the kitchen...
A great new low-fat recipe find  at SlimFast.com.  Tonight we are having fajitas with creamy salsa dressing at 400 calories, and tomorrow black bean wraps at 470.  They sound delicious.

I am wearing...
Black pants and a black knit shirt.
I am remembering:
Mama- always
Also, that this would have been Raphael's first communion year.  I want to do something for my little niece as she makes her first communion.

I am creating...
A clean house as I progress in my spring cleaning.

I am going...
to continue the Bikini Boot Camp with the FIRM by Emily Welsh.  This week since we are having spring break, I can probably get 5 workouts in.   I'm thinking I might need to run or walk with the kids in the afternoons- to get them going on Cross Country and to add more cardio go my day, although not sure how much cardio I can get in with Rosie!

I am reading...
The Autobiography of Saint Therese of Lisieux: The Story of a Soul

Say Goodbye to Knee Pain
The knee book has been a bit of a disappointment.  A special program with lots of information and instruction and they say your knee pain will clear up in 6 to 8 weeks.  Mine DID clear up in 6 to 8 weeks without their program!  Makes me go hmmm?

I am hoping...
to continue my Lenten resolutions with confession tonight.

 I am hearing...
the buzz in my ears and the humm of my computer

Around the house...
Getting ready for Easter and paying my bills.  Happy Tax Day everyone!

A picture I am sharing:  
My daughters are my 5th and 7th children. They were born to me at age 40 and 46.  I am so grateful that I did not follow conventional wisdom on family planning, and was just open to new life.  My lovelies...

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