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…

The Sixth Day of Christmas -

On the Sixth Day of Christmas, My True Love Gave to me - Six Geese a laying!
Six geese a-laying #sixthdayofchristmas
Brian Byrnes via Flickr, licensed cc. 

This verse from the cryptic old English Hymn was a reminder to Catholics of the 6 days of creation from the Bible.  (Ann Ball, A Handbook of Catholic Sacramentals)

1. The Heavens and the Earth

Chandra Peers into a Nurturing Cloud
Nasa via Flickr, licensed cc. 

2.  The Sky
Polar Mesospheric Clouds Over the South Pacific Ocean (NASA, International Space Station Science, 1/05/13)
Nasa via flickr, licensed cc. 

3.  Dry Land and Plants
GOLA ABBEY - The now-demolished church was in this field
Irish Dominican Photography via Flickr, licensed cc. 

4.  Sun, Moon and stars
Sun moon star

Ian Usher via Flickr, licensed cc.

5.  Fish birds
Cormorant Liftoff
John via Flickr, licensed cc. 

6.   Animals and man

Adam & Eve - the Fall of Humanity

Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Things to do:
Celebrate with an egg dish today. Eggs are traditionally a symbol of new life and creation!

Make a fun goose craft!

A prayer for the sixth day of Christmas from the Finer Feminity Blog, based on this book-