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…

Preparing for Holy Week

Next week is Holy Week. Blessedly- finally!

As usual, Lent has been full of hits and misses.  If you're like me, perhaps you didn't get everything accomplished that you wanted to this Lenten season. Perhaps you didn't purge you home of as many things, be as diligent in your prayers, rosaries or stations of the cross.  This is the not the time to give up. When we watch a track meet or cross country race, the kid coming in dead last still gets applause from the crowd just for finishing! Those kids keep trudging forward to the end - and so should we as we head into Holy Week.

Here are ideas to make good use of the time left.

1.  Keep abstaining from meat this Friday and especially next Friday- Good Friday.
2.  Consider fasting on those days as well.
3.  Take down any and all unnecessary decorations from Valentines Day, St. Patrick's Day or (gulp) Christmas. Make your home, especially the table look stark.
4.  Good time to make sure pretty table cloths are ready for Easter Sunday! They don't have to be expensive, but you want to have a festive contrast between this week and a half and Easter Sunday!
5.  Get Morning Prayers and the Office of Readings done in the morning before any one else is up.
6.  Try to get to one or two daily masses. If not, for sure go to Holy Thursday and Good Friday services.
7.  Read anything by Father Lovasick or Fulton Sheen this week.
8.  Pray the  Stations of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory. 
9.  Pray a family rosary.
10.  Meditate on the words of  St. Alphonsus Liguori,:  I embrace all the sufferings You have destined for me until death.
11.  Make it to confession!