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…

O Oriens - O Radiant Dawn

O Radiant Dawn

O Oriens: “O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” Isaiah had prophesied, “The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; upon those who dwelt in the land of gloom a light has shown.” (9:1). 

O Rising Dawn (O Oriens): O Rising Dawn, Radiance of the Light eternal and Sun of Justice; Come, enlighten those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death.

Here are some ideas to celebrate today:
  • Eggs - sunny side up of course
  • Citrus Fruit
  • Anything "Lemony" says sunshine to me!  I think lemon chicken from the crockpot would be a good choice for us tonight!  Here's a recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking. 
  • We usually make a nice orange sherbert punch  with 7-Up or Sprite. 
  • Hang some more Christmas Lights or drive around and see the neighborhood lights!
  • Paper plate sun craft for little kids. 
  • Sun Catcher
  • Pray the office this evening with your family - The Antiphon goes with the evening prayer!

Christmas Day celebrations.

Remember Advent is NOT LENT! There is the anticipation of birth in Advent - not the focus on death - that comes in a few more months. So it's okay to be a bit more festive in my opinion in the days before Christmas - and to suffer the ashes in Lent!