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…

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1.  Noah has just bloomed this past semester academically. He got an A+ in his Economics class for the semester and a big part of that was his 30/30 for participation.  His sister tells me that during one class discussion, he corrected the original question posed by the text book and then went on to explain it!

If his plans for the seminary don't work out, I think he could be a good lawyer or teacher - but then I've thought that for some time now.

2.  Noah's second big goal is to have a great tack season because he doesn't want to be just another "walk on" for the college team.  He had a teammate last year that just worked his butt off last winter and had a phenomenal track season, so with that in mind Noah is taking his "off season" very seriously and running every day.

And while I wish Noah the best of everything with his running, it is Rosie that I think has the super bright future as a runner. She is running a 7:12 pace and is only 10 years old.  The future seems bright for her.

3.  I disagree with the divisions among us on the refugee issue. People who are cautions about allowing refugees in whole sale are being labeled as bigots and xenophobes, while the others who want to admit every one are being called dangerous and short-sighted.

I think neither stereotype is true. I think most in this country want to help refugees who have been truly displaced and persecuted - especially the Christian refugees who have faced severe persecution. However, there is a rightful concern that we are not doing a good enough job of vetting those who come into this country and may inadvertantly accept hidden terrorists. There has to be a balance between accepting the innocent while protecting against hidden evil - that's a difficult task for sure and it's not necessarily one I think this administration is up to.

Charles Krauthammer put forth one idea that might work in the short term.  But can we please not let this be yet another issue that divides us?  Can we work the problem instead?

4.   We started to add a few crafts into little Miss C's curriculum. I don't know when or if her parents are going to put her into a regular day care setting, and it's probably a sure thing that she will go to kindergarten, so I want her to be as prepared as possible. Here is our first dive into finger painting!


3.   A close family relative is gravely ill and is also having faith issues.  I have a number of friends who call themselves agnostic.  Over the decades it was just one of those things you accept and overall we have a live-and-let live attitude around each other.  When we say grace, they accept that, and when they decline to go to church with us, we accept that.

But now that we're on the other side of middle age, I think this becomes more of an issue. My relative is worried about life after this one, and if it even exists. I'm just not sure how to bring comfort to the unbeliever except to just offer it.

4.   Thanksgiving will be odd this year.  We're not celebrating on Thursday because our oldest son and his wife aren't coming up until Sunday.  We are also not celebrating with my sister and her family this year.  Sis moved into a smaller house and although we tried it last year, it just didn't work out well. With our children having their own significant others, it seems we are finally moving into separate holidays between our households.  We had a good run. However, I do want to have a small dinner for my three children at home so after their Thanksgiving race we will probably have a small dinner and then just get ready for a bigger celebration when my oldest makes it home.

5.   We finished 1984.  I liked Animal Farm better.

Orwell was a genius.

We are watching the 1984 movie with John Hurt and Richard Burton on Amazon to celebrate.  We saw the first hour last night- it is very true to the book so far.

6.  My first job after high school was at McDonald's. I worked the drive through. After college I worked in a hospital and a few doctor's offices and that was intense enough - nothing like what my son the paramedic faces on a daily  basis. I wish these two fast food ladies could drive around with the paramedics for a day because they really have no idea what they're talking about.

Reporter questions fast food workers
"Some people say paramedics don't even get $15 an hour and they save lives. So why should fast food workers get that?"That question comes up a lot when we cover #FightFor15 rallies, like this one in Detroit. But Fox2's Roop Raj is having to defend himself just for asking it.Watch his whole report here and see what you think: http://www.fox2detroit.com/news/local-news/46780873-story
Posted by FOX 13 News - Tampa Bay on Thursday, November 12, 2015

7.  A reminder to get to confession and continue praying for the dead this month.  Catholic Company had a very good article of small things to do to remember the dead this month. 
  priests praying in a cemetary

I have it on my mind to particularly remember my 7th great grandmother, Mercy Atkinson this
month.  I sure would like to know the story behind naming her Mercy!
  Marcy Atkinson Parsons