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…

7-Quick Takes-late Sunday Edition

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1. Sam the Second Son- turned 20 this week! It was a quiet low-key dinner party that we didn't actually get to until after 8 p.m. at night!  Because Sam had to work and then he had his guitar lesson. But it was worth the wait.
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2.Izzy made the cake. Since Sam is working in the Pizza Shop - she made him a Pizza- themed cake.
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3. Since last Monday was the feast of St. Agnes, Rosie made several little sheep out of pompoms.  They're quite cute! and are now around our left-over poinsettia plant holding court.
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4. I was so proud of the Pro-life movement this week!  I read that over 600,000 marched for life in Washington!  And even with those numbers, the media downplayed it. 

When I was growing up in the 1960s, I remember hearing about Radio Free Europe.  this was a time when the Communist regimes tightly controlled what information the people received and then strongly fed propaganda to the masses.

While Communist regimes strictly controlled information, RFE and RL sought to cover a wide spectrum of news. Journalists interviewed recent refugees for stories, and some of them were hired to work for the stations. Government abuses were exposed. Subversive writers -- as well as rock 'n' roll music -- were featured on the air.
The broadcasts gave a voice to those opposing Communism -- so much so that some blamed RFE for fomenting the failed Hungarian Revolution that claimed 10,000 to 20,000 lives in 1956.
But the station persevered. And when Lech Walesa, leader of Poland's Solidarity movement, was not allowed to accept his Nobel Peace Prize in 1983 in person, he listened as RFE broadcast his wife's acceptance of the award.

Radio Free Europe was an attempt to spread the truth to the people of Europe who were being denied information by their governments.

And now i have lived long enough to see that Americans are being denied the information by the media that serves them.  The only catch being that at least for now, we can get information e-mail, Twitter, Facebook and texting.

I had one of those rough Saturday nights.  A night when one of my kids takes off for a friends house and then doesn't show up again until way past curfew.  This is the reason my eczema today is bloody raw.  I know when my kids are grown and gone, i will miss them. But I wonder sometimes if I will live long enough to get them all safely through adolescence.

7. A fun photo from Facebook!

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