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…

Being a newbie mother-in-Law - without becoming a punchline!

My latest on Catholicmom.com

In this month of May, Mary and Moms, it seems only natural to consider what it means to be a mother-in-law too! Mothers-in-law are fair game when it comes to jokes and dark humor. They seem to be an easy target for a quick and funny punchline. Even Pope Francis seems to have an issue with “mothers-in law!”

I have often wondered, why is that?

It seems most of the mother-in-law jokes and stereotypes are about older women who don’t want to let go of their children, don’t give them enough privacy, or who are so focused on how they want things done, everything their new in-law does is “wrong.”

And honestly…I get it.

You can read the rest here!

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