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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…

St. Jerome

Today is a special feast day  for

  • students and archivists and translators - anyone really with a big time consuming task ahead of them.
  • Curmudgeons
  • Parents with wayward older children


St. Jerome - who received the finest education his parents could give them and then as a young man chucked it all to fall in with a bad crowd and live a sinful life.  According to Catholic Online:

 He acquired many worldly ideas, made little effort to check his pleasure-loving instincts, and lost much of the piety that had been instilled in him at home. Yet in spite of the pagan and hedonistic influences around him  Jerome was baptized by Pope Liberius in 360. He tells us that "it was my custom on Sundays to visit, with friends of my own age and tastes, the tombs of the martyrs and Apostles, going down into those subterranean galleries whose walls on both sides preserve the relics of the dead." Here he enjoyed deciphering the inscriptions. 

He was then able to pull it together, study hard and then translated the entire bible into Latin!

So a few things stick out for me in this -

  • Piety was instilled in him at home - and eventually he found his way back.
  • He was surrounded by pagan and hedonistic influences - much like our sons are today and...
  • It was something that interested in - deciphering inscriptions, that at least kept him connected to his faith and brought him back. 



St. Jerome, pray for us!

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