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…

Understanding Catholic Social Teaching - Part 2

A couple of weeks ago I wrote about trying to understand Catholic Social Teaching, particularly how it is presented often in my local church bulletin.


  • First, the tax system should raise adequate revenues to pay for the public needs of society, especially to meet the basic needs of the poor.

  • Which begs the question, who are the poor? The guys in the video below are able bodied enough. They're also smart enough to figure out how to score some "Obama bucks."

  • Secondly, the tax system should be structured according to the principle of progressivity, so that those with relatively greater financial resources pay a higher rate of taxation. The inclusion of such a principle in tax policies is an important means of reducing the severe inequalities of income and wealth in the nation.

  • It seems to me that the "severe inequalities" in this system is that some folks get paid not to work!

    I'd like to propose another bullet point - that those who can work should work!  I think I tend to agree with one of my facebook friends on this - care for the elderly, physically and mentally disabled, and the families of our service men and women who sacrifice for our country.  Everyone else, need not apply!  Check this out (ironically shot by Nancy Pelosi's daughter!) and see if you don't agree.

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