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 05/27/2011 (p.m.)

  • tags: college debt

    • Smith, who graduated last May from Arcadia University with a bachelor's degree in studio art, technically already has a job.

      She currently sells bicycles at Performance Bike in Rockville, Md. But working full-time at $8 an hour is barely enough to scrape by. Smith is also paying down more than $75,000 in student loans and nearly $3,000 in credit card debt. She currently lives with her grandmother in Silver Spring, Md
    • Smith is hardly the only recent graduate unable to secure a decent paying job while also struggling with piles of debt.

      Last week, Carl Van Horn, a professor of public policy at Rutgers University, released a study called "Unfulfilled Expectations: Recent College Graduates Struggle in a Troubled Economy." Van Horn and his colleagues polled young people who graduated from college between 2006 and 2010.

      Debt is a pervasive worry. Of the 571 graduates included in the study, nearly 60 percent had borrowed money to finance their education. Research also found that half of 2009 graduates are either unemployed or working in jobs that don't require a college degree.

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