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…

Mid Term Election Day - One Ohio Woman's Thoughts

Tomorrow has to be one of the happiest days of the fall - because tomorrow the campaign phone calls will be over, the ads on t.v. and the radio will be done, and the yard signs will start coming down. Then we can all take a deep breath and decide if we can live with whatever had happened on election day. 

I blogged last week that a Catholic influencer blocked me when I objected to her Facebook post stating that you could lose your immortal soul for voting for a Democrat. I think that question is a bit more nuanced and frankly, whether she knows it or not, her opinions are not magisterial. 

Ironically though, I will be voting along party lines - not because I think I'll go to hell if I don't, but because I simply do not support or condone most of the issues that the Democratic Party supports. At this point in my life, with my understanding of how the world works, I am voting for the party that supports a constitutional view.

In my area, there are a couple of interesting ballot things. We have an issue 9 that is about moving primary election days. 

The Summit County Board of Elections has a problem. It stems from a change in federal law, requiring ballots for military and overseas voters to go out 45 days before Election Day. When Akron and other cities in the county hold September primary elections that deadline is impossible to meet.

I'm not sure why they don't have enough time. There are still 365 days in the year and with enough planning, I remain unclear why they can't get it done - it's not like it's a surprise. Yet if they need this excuse to make sure military voters get their ballot, I guess I'll vote for it. 

We also have Issue 1 which reduces the penalties for drug convictions. While I'm tempted to vote for it, it seems like a bandaid on the bigger problem. I also don't like that it will change the Ohio constitution. I probably won't decide until I get there. 

While I will let the D or the R behind a candidate's name guide me in the ballot booth, many other candidates don't have that designation, though they clearly have such inclinations. I see this mostly for the judge races. Thank you Democratic Party for getting the word out!  I found their list very helpful - although probably not in the way they intended. The Republicans came out with a card you can print out. That was helpful too. 

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