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…

Avoiding Sexual Assault - what every Catholic girl should know.

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About six years (and 30 pounds) ago I gave a talk to our confirmation candidates at church. See below. One of the things I discussed with the girls was the importance of keeping your senses about you when you are out in social situations. That means keeping away from drugs and alcohol and being aware of your surroundings. 

I started thinking about that this week with the accusations of sexual misconduct towards Judge Kavanaugh came out. One of the questions in my mind, and presumably in the minds of any investigators will be, was the accusor also impaired by alcohol or drugs and if so, how trustworthy are her 30+-year-old memories?

I guess we'll find out in the coming days. In the meantime, I think reminding young ladies how TO BE conscientious Catholic Young Ladies is worth reviewing.