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 07/21/2011 (a.m.)

  • tags: kennedy CURRENTEVENTS

    • So, one might deduce, is the longtime owner. "Rose  wanted to turn the place over to the Benedictine monks before she died," Benedict Fitzgerald , the family matriarch's personal attorney, told  author Joe Klein for his book Ted Kennedy: The Dream That  Never Died. "I drew up the legal papers for her on my front porch. But when  Ted found out about it, he ripped the thing in half. There was no way he was  going to have the place turned into a monastery."

    • With 2011 marking the first year since 1946 without a Kennedy in  Washington, the family isn't in a position to cannibalize their party. Instead,  they've turned on one another. Democrats should be grateful
  • tags: Obama

    • There is an overarching reason we can't move toward a balanced budget, which  underscores why we face ongoing stalemates over debt ceilings and continuing  resolutions: President Obama doesn't want to balance the budget. 


      I don't say this out of extremism or to be gratuitously controversial or even  provocative. It's just that his words and actions lead to the inescapable  conclusion that he is unwilling to curb his appetite for big government. In the  absence of any such restraint, our alarming budget trajectory cannot be  reversed. The debt ceiling may be the last clear chance before the 2012  elections to force meaningful budgetary reforms.


      Obama's recalcitrance is rooted in his ideology. He has been working all his  adult life toward the moment that he could transform America into a fairer  place. He's not about to allow an existential threat to the nation get in the  way of his obsession.

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