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…

Don't Get Stoned Like Steven - my latest on Catholicmom.com

The Protomartyr
Father Lawrence Lew,OP, via Flickr, licensed cc. 

Sorry for the light blogging last week as I prepared for my harpsichord/flute concert at my church last week. I did manage to crank out one article for Catholicmom and it's live right now!  Check it out.

Here's an excerpt: 

In the Acts of the Apostles, we revisit the martyrdom of Saint Stephen at the hands of a very perturbed Sanhedrin. In fact, we read that they

“were infuriated, and they ground their teeth at him.”

Stephen’s crime was in recounting of all the ways they were just like their ancestors in rejecting the holy prophets of God that had come before them.

Even without stones, Christians online get knocked down all the time on social media. It’s not uncommon for an unpopular point of view to result in an account getting restricted, blocked, or removed. Friends and fans unfollow or unfriend feeds. It’s a tough world out there in cyberspace! But even before the posts and tweets get to that point, some of the conversations in social media are brutal. The art of civility just isn’t there.

So how can a Christian post a viewpoint without getting figuratively stoned? Here are 11 suggestions:  
Click here to read the rest.