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…

Improving Your Lent Experience Part 2

"Father, into Your hands I commit my spirit"
"Father Into Your Hands" by Christopher Brown via Flickr, licensed via creative commons. 

Back in 2005, I posted 40 Ways to Improve Your Lenten Experience from Karen Marie Knapp's blog at From the Anchor Hold. She posted it on February 26, 2006 from the Catholic Herald. I'm dividing it into four parts with some updates, tweaks, links, and suggestions.

Part 1 is here. 

13. Keep a dish of ashes in a prominent place as a constant reminder of the season. 

14. Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation. 

15. Test your knowledge of Scripture. 
Bible quiz
The Bible quiz
Catholic Bible Quiz
Quiz on the New American Bible.

16. Read a biography about Archbishop Oscar Romero and/or watch the video “Romero.” 

17. Open a Christmas Club account with the intention of giving the money to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. 

18. Visit a church when you don’t have to.

19. Reserve a button on your car stereo for the Relevant Radio station in your area. 

20. Pray the news — for the people whose stories of hardship are reported daily and weekly. 

21. Read an entry from a Catholic encyclopedia. 

22. Attend Mass at a parish other than your own 

23. Tithe your tax return.

24. If Catholic schools get NCAA tournament bids, learn for whom those schools were named. 

25. Observe five minutes of silence every day.