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…

The Lace Wedding Anniversary - My latest on Catholicmom.com

An Excerpt:

The theme of lace after 39 years reminded me of how important our union is to us, but also to others. Making lace requires the use of strong thread anchored with pins. The thread is twisted and manipulated to make recurring arrangements over and over again until a beautiful pattern emerges. I see that in our marriage. Our parents anchored us in our Catholic faith. In return, we set an example for our children as we tried to live a faith-filled life

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