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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…

Feast of Juan Diego


St. Juan Diego


Juan Diego (b 1474)  was an Aztec Indian originally named Cuahtlatoatzin, which means, "The one who speaks like an eagle." 

It is said that even before the apparitions, Juan Diego was a pious and holy Christian, as was his wife.  They converted to the faith around 1525 and were baptized by one of the first Franciscan missionary priests, Father Peter deGrand.  Juan Diego was 50.  Although his wife, Maria Lucia died two years before the apparitions, the story goes that she wove the tilma that her husband wore during his visits with the Blessed Mother.  So in a way, Maria Lucia was part of the miracle as well.

Juan Diego was a poor Indian, of the lowest class in the Aztec Empire.  He referred to himself as a ""I am a nobody, I am a small rope, a tiny ladder, the tail end, a leaf" when talking to Our Lady and to the Bishop.

When they church proceeded with a formal investigation into the events surrounding Our Lady of Guadalupe, it came out that Juan Diego was a very devoted and religious man. He would walk 14 miles from his village to receive his religious instruction in bare feet and thin clothing.


What I find particularly heartening is that this wonder occurred to him when he was 57 years old. Juan Diego moved into a room of the chapel where his tilma was displayed and lived to the age of 74. He is an inspiration to those of us of limited means and at the other end of life that we are still called to do great love and a life of holiness.

Juan Diego was canonized on July 31, 2002.  He is the patron saint of indigeneous people.


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