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…

7th Day of Christmas - The Gifts of the Holy Spirit

Seven Swans a Swimming

7 Swans a Swimming!  Tim Ellis on Flickr, licensed cc. 

The 7th Day of Christmas reminds us of the 7 sacraments


Charlotte's baptism 005


The Procession to Holiness
Father Lawrence Lew, OP  licensed cc  via Flickr


Izzy and Father Karg




Holy Orders

Five Years Ago

Father Lawrence Lew OP, via Flickr, licensed cc - this is a photo of his own ordination!

Last Rites 

National Museum of the US Navy via Flickr, licensed cc. 

On the Seventh Day of Christmas it seems appropriate and prudent to concentrate on the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit and consider them when making our resolutions for the New Year!

As well as the fruits of the Holy Spirit - charity, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, generosity, gentleness, faithfulness, modesty, self-control and chastity. 

As we prepare for the New Year and our resolutions and celebrations, it's a great day to read over Pope Francis's catechesis on the Gifts of the Sprit - linked above.

Holy Spirit Rosary - 7mm

Holy Spirit Tableau 10.5
It's also New Year's Eve - 

  • Read about Saint Pope Sylvester and make some Sylvester's punch to ring in the new year!

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