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…

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David Anointed as King
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc.

Today’s First Reading is a well-known favorite Bible story! It’s the story of the prophet Samuel going to the home of Jesse to find a new king for Israel from among his many sons. The most popular part of the tale is the selection of the youngest (and most unlikely) son, David.
But the first four lines of the story are very powerful and yet maybe a little overlooked.
The LORD said to Samuel:
“How long will you grieve for Saul,
whom I have rejected as king of Israel?
Fill your horn with oil, and be on your way.

In today’s reading, God shows us how to get over the disappointment. He tells Samuel to “Fill your horn with oil and be on your way!” That’s the lesson for us too. Maybe we don’t have the best situation at home or at work. What can we do to “fill our horn” and get on the way?

Trustful Surrender to Divine Providence