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…

Saints Perpetua and Felicity

The martyrdom of Saint Perpetua and Felicity has been remembered through the ages for a number of reasons.  These beautiful you women were strong and steadfast in their bravery - willing to die rather than give up Christ, and they were willing to die even if that meant giving up their much loved babies. They are also remembered because of the gruesome and cruel manner of their deaths.

But maybe we are primarily able to remember these saints from the early centuries because we have the written words of Perpetua herself and from Christian witnesses who knew her.
Medieval Sourcebook: St. Perpetua: The Passion of Saints Perpetua and Felicity, 203 AD

The Martyrdom of Perpetua and Felicity

St. Perpetua and Felicity
Spoon Saints of Perpetua and Felicity my daughter made a few years ago.

I ordered the story of Perpetua from Catholic Heroes for the Faith.  I did watch this with my kids. Rosie, who was 5 at the time, had a hard time with it, but she is always very sensitive when watching shows and movies.  I might wait another year before I show it again.  It did hold the interest of my older children though and I thought it told the story well.

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  1. Anonymous10:00 AM

    "my son started screaming in my face and had me backed up against the refrigerator and the sink."

    Hopefully, hubs took him out back and gave him (as Mrs. Doubtfire would put it) a few light slams so that he knows this is NEVER a way to treat a woman...much less your mother! Hang in there.


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