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…

Improving Lent - Part 3

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Improving Lent

We're hitting the home stretch in the season of Lent.  But it's not too late to add some devotions or do some extra acts of penance or study to get the most out of the next two weeks!

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26. Reading
Read something beautiful, uplifting and spiritual.

27. Listen to some beautiful religious music.

28. Rosary - Pray the Rosary

The Rosary for the Holy Souls in Purgatory

The Rosary of Our Lady

29. Try fasting as well as abstaining on Friday. If Friday is a difficult day for you to fast, pick another day. Just do it.

30. Be creative with your Lenten meals.

The Last Few Weeks of Lent= What's for Dinner
Paleo Vegetarian meals
Meatless meals on Catholicmom.com

31. Have one extra simple supper of just soup and sandwich per week.

32. See a religious movie

33.  Go to Stations of the Cross.

Stations of the Cross for Children
Way of the Cross for the Holy Souls in Purgatory