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…

Interesting Links of the Week

Hocking Hills Shed by Mark Fresh on Flickr.

Once in a while I'll find one of these movie trailers that just trigger an emotional response that's very deep and painful - this is one of those trailers.  The featured mom in this clip says so many of the things I lived through and felt during my first birth.  It surprises me that now, 25 years later, women are going through the same kinds of problems trying to have their births. It surprises me even more that I still get emotional about it.

Speaking of emotions, Rep. Lummis's sililoquey on C-span this week is heartfelt tinged with anger and a bit of rage.  Behold - the fruits of the Affordable Care Act.

Here is kind of a "Throwback Thursday" link - a debate I participated in, regarding the pros and cons of swearing, via the very liberal Feministe site.

The St. Andrew Novena is very powerful if you have the endurance to get through it every day during this busy time of year.  Here's testimony to that.

St. Andrew novena

I started praying this novena two years ago. That year, my intention was for God’s will in my relationship with Tyler. Tyler proposed 5 days after the novena ended, and we were married within the year. Last year, my intention was for our first year of marriage, and specifically that we’d be blessed with a baby if that was God’s will. Well, you know how that one turned out. :) (And it looks like I’m not the only one who has gotten a baby from the St. Andrew Novena…)

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