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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…

Our Lady of Fatima




There are two points to the Fatima story that especially stand out to me.

The first is that the children ask about the soul of their friend Amelia and our Lady told them that Amelia would be in purgatory until the end of time.  What could a young person at that time have done that was so terrible as to merit that punishment?  I don't know, but I think it is a sobering idea that I need to keep in mind for my own life and to warn my family about.

Secondly, Mary showed the children a vision of hell, one that Sr. Lucia never forgot.  Hell exists, despite watered down theology that says it does not. 





The Fatima Prayer
O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell.
Lead all souls to heaven, especially those in most need of thy mercy.

Wonderful links about the feast and creative ways to celebrate it are in my deli.ci.ous file!








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