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…

Keeping me humble -out of the mouths of babes.

I am not a saint.

I am most certainly not a martyr - which is partly why I keep this blog. But once in a while something happens that helps me keep it real and makes me humble.

Case in point - Last week, primarily for Mr. Pete's side of the family I:

* Handled reservations and arrangements for attending our niece's wedding

* Selected, ordered, paid for, and arranged for delivery of the wedding present

* Bought a gift for another niece's first communion, gift wrapped it and brought it to the wedding to give to her.

* Bought mother's day cards for all of the godmothers.

* Put pictures of each child in each card and sent them off.

Yet when we arrived at the wedding this past weekend, our 8-year-old niece (and soon-to-be first communicate) called out, "Hey there's Uncle Peter and Aunt What's-her-name!"


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