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:

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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…

The Prayer Basket - praying for souls in purgatory

When my mother passed away in 2009, I discovered that all of her prayer books had little holy cards in them. Mom saved them so that she could pray for those people. I was starting to have quite a collection of such cards myself! But I wanted a more centralized way to keep these momentoes. I also wanted to be able to keep them in a special way so that I would remember to pray for them.

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That is how I came up with a prayer basket to hold all of these special cards.

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I picked the one pictured because it reminded me of autumn and winter. I also liked the asymmetry and unfinished look of it.

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Then I carefully filled it with prayer cards and even obituaries.

During the month of November, I keep this basket on our counter with a candle lit beside it. This reminds us all to pray for our loved ones during this month.

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Here are some of those very special cards.

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