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 St. Simon and St. Jude Thaddeus

Today is the feast of St. Simon and St. Jude - both part of the 12 apostles of Jesus Christ.

Jude Thaddeus. His symbols include a boat and a walking stick to symbolize his travels. He is usually depicted carrying an image of Christ in his hand.
A Fuller Look at the Saint
John via Flickr  licensed creative commons 

St. Jude Thaddeus was the brother of James the Lesser and a cousin of Jesus Christ. He is usually asked for intercession in difficult or impossible cases.

Once a king asked for a painting of Jesus, and the Lord put his impression a piece of cloth and gave it to St. Jude, who then presented it to the king.

St. Jude traveled throughout Mesopotamia, Libya and Persia. After he was martyred, his body was brought to Rome and he is buried in a tomb with St. Simon in a crypt in St. Peter's Basilica.

Simon's symbols include  a fish or fishing lines for being a "Fisher of men,"

 St. Simon by  Brett Davis  via Flickr  licensed under cc 2.0

St. Simon was an older cousin of Jesus and some say that his mother was Mary's sister. After our Lord's Ascension and the murder of St. James the Lesser, Simon was chosen to be the Bishop of Jerusalem. When the Jewish civil war broke out in 66, the new Christians settled in Pella with St. Simon.They returned to Jerusalem after its destruction by the Romans and the early church flourished there.

When Emperor Trajan ordered the destruction of the descendants of David, St. Simon was denounced, tortured and crucified. Tradition says he was 120 years old and his sufferings inspired many.