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…

Last Night's Debate and Why I Think Romney Prevailed.

What a debate!

  • Carefully selected -off the wall questions!  
  • A partisan moderator who couldn't contain her partisanship!  
  • and a debate that almost got physical!  
All that made for one of the most interesting debates in recent history!   It seems that the president has decided that he really wants this job after and actually "brought it" to this debate, and of course Candy Crowley - in an attempt to honor her position as the first female moderator of a presidential debate - stepped in it with both feet. 

Despite all that - I think Romney did very well and might even be considered the winner.  Here's why:

1.  He's not easily intimidated.  Even with Obama getting into his personal space and trying to shout him down, Romney held is ground.  And frankly, that's what I want in the leader who is going to defend my country and my interests to the Tri-Coms or a S. American dictator, or even passionate members of congress!

2.  He kept reiterating Obama's failed record of economic policies - over, and over, and over again. Just hearing the litany of truth like that is very, very powerful.

3.  And he doubled down by reiterating his own successful background as a business man and as a governor.

4.  He didn't let Obama or Crowley mischaracterize what his plans and positions actually are. He stood up for himself - firmly!

5.  He was definitely the underdog last night and people liked that.  Crowley wouldn't give him the last word and she deferred extra time to the president, and I don't think people like to see that kind of blatant preferential treatment.  That can only work in Romney's favor.

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