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…

Ready, Set, Get your Ash in Church

rose, bible and rosary
Today is the big day - the first day of Lent!
So I'm writing this down for myself, and maybe a few of you faithful readers will need it too.

This is not like starting a diet. Or that house project that you never finished, or the sweater that is partially knitted but you haven't found the time to complete. This isn't like the Couch potato to 5K, or saving for your kid's college education.

If you look at Lent that way, you will fail. You will not get any meaning out of it, or at least not as much meaning as you could, and you will not have any spiritual growth! Sure Jesus spent 40 days in the desert, but he didn't have a sin nature to fall into - we do.

Living through lent is a lot like living with alcoholism - you have to keep making your resolve!  So instead of looking at Lent like a long journey that gratefully ends six weeks from now - take it day by day, hour by hour, and minute by minute. Make your resolutions and try to keep them for TODAY.

and if you stumble, fall, or give in, forgive yourself, and start over!

But for today - just start - just like the sign says.

oh- and keep your sense of humor. God save us all from grumpy penitents!

Now there's some creativity for the new evangelization! Made me smile...
Posted by Christopher West (Official) on Tuesday, February 9, 2016