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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No one loves us like our mothers. We know this. We know this because we know how deeply we love our own children. We would give our last breath for them and we know that our moms feel the same way about us. But for many of us it’s easy to take Mom a little for granted. If we’re lucky enough to still have Mom around, it can become all too easy to take her for granted.
Last Mother’s Day was my 9th one without my mom. We had a great relationship, and I knew when she passed that she loved me. She also left knowing that I loved her! Yet as good as our relationship was, there are still little things that I regret. When I think of the ways I could have been a better daughter, it makes me sad. But there are also little things that I cherish and that makes my grief for her a little lighter. So during this month of May, as we honor our Blessed Mother, I offer this list of things to do in honor of your earthly mother too!