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…

Happy 8th Day of Christmas

Eight Maids a-Milking
The eight maids a-milking represent the Eight Beatitudes found in the Gospel of Matthew.
Matthew Chapter 5:
“And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain, and when he was set down, his disciples came unto him. And opening his mouth, he taught them, saying:

1) Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
2) Blessed are the meek: for they shall possess the land.
3) Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
4) Blessed are they that hunger and thirst after justice: for they shall have their fill.
5) Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
6) Blessed are the clean of heart: for they shall see God.
7) Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called children of God.
8) Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are ye when they shall revile you, and persecute you, and speak all that is evil against you, untruly, for my sake: Be glad and rejoice, for your reward is very great in heaven. For so they persecuted the prophets that were before you.” “Dear Jesus, teach me to understand all Thy words, and to behave the way a true Christian should. Amen.

 Source: Casciabooks.com

See also - praying the beatitudes
Praying through the beatitudes
Understanding the beatitudes

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