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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…

Feast St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher and My Mom.

Today is the feast of St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher. St. Thomas is well known to us from the movie A Man for All Seasons, but St. John is an interesting saint as well. I heard blogger and author Stephanie Mann on the radio today and she talked about how St. John had been friends with Henry VII and with Lady Margaret Beaufort (Henry VIII's grandmother). In fact, he said the funeral mass for both of them. He was very close to the family and knew young Henry from boyhood. It amazes me then that Henry VIII so could be so stiff necked in his views that he could have John Fisher executed! But he did. That would be like having one of our beloved parish priests killed over a difference of opinion - it's unthinkable.

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Today is also the second anniversary of my mother's death and so I had a mass scheduled and I attended today. I guess two years ago I didn't even realize what feast day it was. Father P. in his homily mentioned how both men really died for the sanctity of marriage and to uphold the supremacy of the pope. At the end of mass we prayed for people who have been divorced or who have gone through annullments, that they can find peace and have grace for going through those difficulties.

As I always try to find the reason for things and why they happen when they do, it suddenly made sense to me why God would call my mother home on this day. Mom had not made a wise marriage choice and she did not have a happy marriage, in fact she spent more time alone than with my father. But she always loved him, she remained loyal to him, she never divorced, she took care of him when he got ill and she grieved his death. So if there was every anyone that suffered for marriage- she did!  I guess that gives her something in common with St. Thomas Moore and St. John Fisher.

Anyway, this is my favorite scene from A Man for All Seasons. I love the wit and the great logic of Thomas Moore in these scenes. Please enjoy!










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