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…

Divine Mercy for Moms- a review

Since the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of Sacraments decreed it in 2000, the Feast of the Divine Mercy has been celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Earlier that same year, Pope John Paul II canonized a little Polish nun, Sister Faustina, whose diary gave the world a glimpse into God's eternal mercy. 

When it became a feast, I was woefully unfamiliar with The Divine Mercy and Sister Faustina; I wasn't alone. After much research and inquiry, I've been able to teach myself and pass some of that information on to my kids - but it would have been so much easier to have had a book like Divine Mercy for Moms: Sharing the Lessons of St. Faustina.

Authors Michele Faehnle and Emily Jaminet have taken Sister Faustina's diary and distilled it down to the "must know" facts and information about the saint and the great feast. But more than that, they have given concrete and practical examples of ways that moms and families can perform little works of mercy throughout their day while living out their vocations.

Michele and Emily share a lot of their own personal experiences with the Divine Mercy and how it has impacted their lives. I appreciated their personal stories and anecdotes. Sometimes stories like this make living a spiritual life more obtainable for us lay people.

The authors have sprinkled some wonderful resources throughout the text and the appendices are chock full very informative and useful information including a study guide.

While this book is directed primarily at mothers, as I read it, I kept thinking that it would be a good book for my husband and children to read so that they could be better instructed in the Divine Mercy and the ways of living it in our lives. I also think it is a book that could be instructive and useful to single women and empty nesters.

This would be a nice book to have for the Feast of Divine Mercy - and luckily a Kindle version is available too!