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…

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Calvin takes the national paramedic test today.  The course he graduated from has a very high pass rate and is known for being more rigorous than the actual exam - so we are very hopeful!  It looks like the paramedic field is pretty stable too with a median salary of $30,710 and an unemployment rate of only 3.1%  US News has it ranked as one of the best Healthcare Jobs. 

A Homeschool High School Carnival exists!!!  Who knew?  And it's full of some very good articles too!

When Mom died I read as much as I could about the causes of ovarian cancer.  It seemed that the risk factors included not having children or having them late in life and not breastfeeding - all things that happened to Mom!  And then Mr. Pete's Aunt Margaret got ovarian cancer and she had six children, early in life and breastfed them all!  So then I started to think it was just a crap shoot.  But this link to talcum powder did come up in a few articles and then last week it popped up again - definitely something to think about.

As the Duchess of Cornwell gets ready to give birth she's taking some scorn for wanting to actually have a natural childbirth!

Kate is not alone. Many women – and I was one of them – get guffawed at when they suggest they might try and give birth without a spinal block and a team of medics going to work on their nether regions. For Kate, it's the world media, but for me, it was those in my local pub who were laughing their heads off: "In a great big bath with candles?! Ha! You'll soon be on your back and begging for drugs, luv, mark my words."

Why do we feel the need to pour scorn on the Duchess and every other woman who dares to dream of a positive birth experience? Shouldn't we be celebrating her courage and wishing her well, just as we would with any other person who was about to undertake a great feat of human endurance and achievement – a marathon runner, for example? Would we be telling them that they'd soon be in agony and that they probably won't make it past the first mile marker?

Hang tough Kate!  If I could have a 10 pound baby in my living room without anesthetic - you can birth this little one in a palace no problem!

Father Timothy Sauppe shares some insights on parish life and living Catholicism authentically, in "My Last Ten Burials/Funerals with "Father Strangelove"
A stranger came into the sacristy after Sunday Mass. In an incriminating huff he said, “I have been away from the area for fifteen years; where are the people? And now you are tearing down the school? I went there as a kid.” I put my hands up to quiet him from further talking and I calmly said, “Let me ask you a question: How many kids did you have?” He said, “Two.” Then I said, “So did everyone else. When you only have two kids per family there is no growth.” His demeanor changed, and then he dropped his head and said, “And they aren’t even going to Mass anymore.”

I am fascinated with the second Vatican Council and how it affected Catholicism in this country, especially Catholic Education.  Steve Kellmeyer has some interesting takes on the subject:

It's a sad problem, but rather ironic.
The bishops see the EF liturgy as irredeemable, but they cling to Catholic schools, which job of educating children is pre-eminently the job of the parents. The traditionalists see Catholic schools as irredeemable (thus they homeschool), but they cling to the EF liturgy when liturgy is pre-eminently the responsibility of the ordained man.

Again, sigh.
The fault lies not in the council, but in ourselves, that we are underlings.

American Sign Language for abortion - kind of self-explanatory.

Lastly, Jimmy Akin explains the Supreme Court decisions from yesterday in 12 things you need to know about the Court's homosexual "marriage" decisions. 

Some really neat pins for St. John the Baptist!

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