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…

A mother's poem

What happened to my mother's heart so many years ago
That miscarried the body of my child that died and wouldn't grow

A heart once filled with love and joy then turned to dreadful fear
The hopes and dreams that left me then, I ponder every year

My baby boy lay on his side, sweet palm under his face
His soft angelic look of peace brought me and Daddy grace

A grace that never left me when I placed him in his tomb
A grace that gave me solace and healed my empty womb

A decade's time has come and gone, I still can see my baby
but with a strength from God above I still have hope that maybe

My mother's heart was touched by heaven and healed of all its sorrow
I love you little child of mine, and will see you some tomorrow

In Memoriam
Raphael LaVictoire
November 2, 2002


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