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…

Prayers for 2-year-old Wang Yue (Yueyue) of China

For the past couple of days I have been posting links to video and stories about a little toddler from Foshan China. Last Thursday, Wang Yue (also called Yueyue which means little joy) was wandering by herself in this busy industrial area when she was hit but a van. That was horrific enough, but then after sensing something was wrong driver slowed down briefly before continuing on and running over the girl with his back tires too.

This was all caught on surveillance camera. The next seven minutes are jaw dropping. 18 passersby from pedestrians to other vehicles go around the little girl without stopping to help her, including a mother with her own daughter who is clearly walking away from the site without giving any aid or assistance.

News reports say that many of the pedestrians and some on bikes say they didn't see the child, but it's clear from the video that they did as they went out of their way to avoid hitting her again.

Unfortunately, because no one moved the child from the street, she is run over again by a second larger vehicle and sustained even more injury. Finally a 57-year-old garbage scavenger moves the little girl to the side and stays with her until someone else comes to take her away.

Video of Yueyue's mom is heartbreaking. She has been keeping vigil at the hospital since this happened, begging her little girl to "give her another chance to love" her.

In the meantime, the first driver has been arrested. He apparently was on the cell phone breaking up with his girlfriend when he hit Yueyue. When he saw the video he called Yueyue's father and offered him money, but he also blamed the little girl for just wandering around and not paying attention.

The second driver also saw the incident on t.v. and turned himself in.

Interviews with some of the passersby have yielded some interesting comments. The mother that passed by said that the bleeding and sounds Yueyue was making scared her and her child, so they continued to walk by. She said that she regretted that now. But others including the motorcyclist continue to say they did not see her in the road, although the video clearly shows them swerving to miss her.

The life of her rescuer, 57-year-old Chen Xianmei has been turned upside down with news agencies trying to interview her, while her neighbors and peers have condemned her saving the little girl to get attention! One news report I read claimed that she has left town to get away from the publicity. Another said that she has been threatened with eviction because of the crowd that surrounded her.

In the meantime, little Yueyue clings to life. There were reports that she had pain reflexes in her extremities and breathed a little on her own, but others said that she had little brain activity and apparently Wednesday night her heart stopped and it took 40 minutes to resuscitate her.

I have forced myself to watch the video in slow motion to get some sense of her injuries and get a clearer picture of what she might be facing. It's clear she had severe head trauma from impact and then a crushing injury from the first tire. The second tire rolled of her abdomen - I'm sure there are some extensive injuries there. Unbelievably the second truck rolled over her legs. Her injuries affect her entire little body, undoubtedly many fractures and internal organ damage.

Pray for a miracle. It never hurts to ask for complete healing and to spare a life. With all odds against her, I'm still praying for that and asking some powerful intercessors for their help. But also prayers for Yueyue's young parents, that they may find strength and courage in their hours of agony, and finally that something good can come out of this little girl's tragedy.

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