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…

Catechesis on a Canvas - A Lenten Art Study

My latest on Catholicmom.com 

By Caravaggio – scan, Public Domain, Link

With our 21st-century eyes, we marvel at the realism of this art piece. It is indeed magnificent. But aside from being great art, Caravaggio’s piece could serve as a focal point for any day in the Lenten season as we strive to purify ourselves and grow closer to Jesus.