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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…

Immaculate Conception

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One of the really neat things about living the liturgical life, is that after awhile, you start to have favorite traditions and ways of celebrating, and you find that your children look forward to them as well. This is one of those traditions!
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Today I have placed this lovely statue of Mary and Baby Jesus in the center of our advent wreath.  This statue belonged to my grandmother.  The halo has been glued together because at one point, I'm sure my sister or I decided to test it's strength!  But it's still a lovely piece and I remember looking at it in my grandma's china closet when I was little, and pondering how beautiful Mary must be in real life!

On this feast day in the past, we've had a "white dinner" in honor of Mary. White of course emphasizes Mary's pure soul and freedom of sin. We usually have something with a white sauce like chicken with mashed potatoes. Of course a white cake with white frosting! This emphasizes the point we are trying to get across about Mary to our children, but it also makes for a memorable dinner and something they can look forward to.

Many times on liberal Catholic or anti-Catholic forums, Mary's Immaculate Conception will be picked on as a "man made doctrine" because it was not formally proclaimed until 1854. Of course any serious student of Catholicism will understand that the church only proclaim what has been held and taught centuries. I don't understand why so many of these folks have a problem with Mary being saved from original sin and remaining sinless throughout her life! Mary herself says that she was saved.  Her Salvation was handled differently than the rest of us, but she still depended on God to Save her.

God calls throughout the scriptures for his people to become and remain holy!! It makes sense to me that He would choose His own mother to be his perfect creation as an example to us of what that looks like.

Holiness is simple. It is lovely. It is humble. It is helpful. It is obedient, kind, and caring. It says yes to wherever God calls. It does not rely on its own understanding. That is all Mary.

Today is one of the few Holy Days of Obligation left in the US.

Some good links for in Diigo File.
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  1. This was wonderful. I am going to go home and put one of my Mary statues in the middle of the advent wreath in the dining room.
    Thanks for sharing.

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