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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…

My Domestic Church - Links of the Day

For some reason, this old post of mine from 2009 is getting a lot of hits.  So here ya go - Obama Blunders. 


While we're at it- this old one from 2004 still gets a lot of hits too.  It even has a Google Page rank of 1.



This article really hit home with me - 10 Reasons I Love my Ugly Body.  The blogger has lost an incredible amount of weight, but still has sagging skin around her thighs and abdomen.  Nonetheless, her body is amazing and strong and she's a brave woman to put it out there like that.  Good for her!


Ready to do some work on your soul this summer?   This might be the ticket - Spend the Summer in the Little Oratory!

Yes. Yes, it is. The whole point of Liturgy is to bring us closer to God and the closer we are to Him, the more we are open to the grace freely given to sustain us. Your oratory won’t look like my oratory. More importantly, your oratory won’t live like my oratory. At its essence, oratory means house of prayer. Every family lives differently in such a home. No doubt, the vocation to create such a place is a high calling and an endeavor for a lifetime.


Julie at Bravewriter has just introduced a new product called, A Quiver of Arrows.   Looks enticing!

The Trumpet of the Swan The Mouse and the MotorcycleCharlotte's Web Young Fu and the Upper Yangtze River Secret of the AndesMr. Popper's PenguinsThe Cricket in Times Square Winnie-the-PoohSarah, Plain and Tall


We are adding a 10 month set of Arrows for the early ages (between The Wand and The Arrow—1st-2nd grades). These are classic novels, hand-picked by me. The Arrows are revised from earlier versions into brand new robust issues (including the weekly dictation passage in a French-style Dictation format every week, ready to print and use!).
Photo: And now for the SURPRISE! BRAND NEW PRODUCT!

We are adding a 10 month set of Arrows for the early ages (between The Wand and The Arrow—1st-2nd grades). These are classic novels, hand-picked by me. The Arrows are revised from earlier versions into brand new robust issues (including the weekly dictation passage in a French-style Dictation format every week, ready to print and use!).

Here are the books for that product. We're calling it:

"A Quiver of Arrows"

We'll post details about how to purchase it coming up soon. Excited to help you make your lives easier. You don't have to hunt through back issues to find books that are a "good place to start." Start here with your young writers.

The Trumpet of the Swan  
The Mouse and the Motorcycle
Charlotte's Web 
Young Fu and the Upper Yangtze River 
Secret of the Andes
Mr. Popper's Penguins
The Cricket in Times Square 
Winnie-the-Pooh
Sarah, Plain and Tall

Speaking of great book lists, check out 30 Picture Books in 30 Days.
Picture Books for Kids

This was an interesting story, about a mother delivering her own baby, with her own hands - after her C-section!


Finally, the six men ordained last week in the Diocese of Cleveland!

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