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…

Sally Quinn and the irrelevancy of the Catholic Church

Rush Limbaugh discussed this clip on his program this morning. Sally Quinn states that the Catholic Church is becoming irrelevant because it "doesn't include women and gays."

She's entitled to her opinion, as misguided as it may be.  But Rush brought up a very good point that I want to bring up here:  Would she ever say the same thing about Islam?  Is Islam irrelevant because it seems to me that they have a worse record when it comes to women and gays than any other organized religion that I could think of!  Are those really the two issues that determine whether a religion is "relevant?"

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Apparently she's still holding a grudge about being turned away from the Vatican for wearing inappropriate clothing - and she considers Garry Wills a "devout Catholic."

So whatever.

There's irrelevancy here, but it's not the church.  Ask a 7th grader if they've ever heard of Sally Quinn and there's your answer.

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