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…

St. Matthew

Matthew
St. Matthew
St. Matthew via jnshaumerer on  Flickr   licensed under cc 2.0

Today is the feast day of St. Matthew- apostle and the first gospel writer. St. Matthew (also known as Levi) was the son of Alphaeus and worked as a tax collector. He was reviled for his work since tax collectors worked for Rome and were known for cheating the people and profiting from the collections.  This is probably why his shield displays three purses - three for the Trinity and then, of course, the purses represent money collection.

It is St. Matthew who had the dinner for Jesus with the Pharisees and other sinners, for whom Jesus said, "I have not come to call the righteous, but the sinners."


The Gospel of Matthew was written in Aramaic- the Jewish language at the time and was written for a Jewish audience. After the ascension, Mathew is said to have gone to Ethiopia where he was beheaded.

In Christian Art, Matthew is usually depicted with the winged man or angel.
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Several interesting items about St. Matthew:

Symbols of the Four Evangelists

Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr licensed cc.



In the Orthodox Church, tradition says that St. Matthew refused to die even after several attempts. He was first placed upside down and lit on fire, then sunk in a coffin in the sea overnight. The ruler of Ethiopia, who tried to kill Matthew, apologized to the apostle and converted to Christianity.


Blessed is the Man
Father Lawrence Lew, OP, via FLickr, licensed cc. 

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