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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…

My Daily Domestic Clips 07/16/2011 (a.m.)

  • tags: Catholic abortion

    • This Easter, 31-year-old Abigail Seidman  will take communion as a Roman Catholic for the first time.  Taken alone,  this is hardly earth shaking. But Seidman is no ordinary convert. Seidman is the  daughter of a former nurse at the Toledo, Ohio Center for Choice, the latest  former-feminist to take center stage as an anti-choice activist.

    • Her own abortion, she continues, caused  tremendous grief, and Seidman tells any-and-all that, before becoming a  believer, each anniversary was marked by despair. “I’d been to counseling and  was on anti-depressant drugs but nothing was working. When I went online all the  post-abortion sites said that healing begins with Jesus. I thought to myself,  ‘Jesus won’t accept me,’ but I bought a Bible anyway and started reading. One  afternoon I prayed, ‘If you’re out there and if I’m acceptable to you, I will  accept you.’ I instantly felt something—a strange feeling… There’s no  forgiveness in atheism. The things you do just stack up.”

    • Seidman’s heartfelt testimony puts her  alongside a handful of other anti-choice turncoats, people who have gained fame,  and perhaps fortune, by switching sides. Among the most prominent: Norma  McCorvey [the original Jane Roe], the late Dr. Bernard Nathanson [a NARAL  founder], and Abby Johnson [former Director of a Texas Planned Parenthood  affiliate].

  • Great list of books for the homeschool teacher by Heather at Sprittibee

    tags: homeschooling

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