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…

Getting Ready for Holy Week

This Sunday is Palm Sunday - another Lent almost gone.

While I haven't done everything I had hoped to for Lent, I had one big success - my kids noticed a difference between Lent and ordinary time! And that was huge for me. So many times in the evening I heard dialogue that went something like...

"I feel like something sweet. Why don't we go make brownies!?"

"We can't. It's Lent."

and those were my kids talking. So obviously there has been a change there.

Personally, I prayed the Divine Office more, which is becoming more and more an important part of my life. I feel more comfortable finding my way around those big prayer books. We've made it to stations twice. Our parish uses the one by St. Alphonsus Liguori, which has some challenging things in it. For example:

I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death.

Clearly not something to be said lightly.

But there are some more things that I would like to accomplish before and during Holy Week.

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