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…

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My second son, Sam is enjoying some success with his new micro-eatery. With the bad weather we've been having I was concerned that they might not be able to meet their income goals for the week, As luck would have it, while the rest of the city was snowed in, so were the guests in a local hotel - and they needed to eat too! So Sam's restaurant not only met their goals, but helped some hungry stranded hotel guests as well.

I mention all of this because Sam turned 26 on Tuesday. We're super proud of him. 

“The floor of hell is paved with the skulls of bishops.”
St. Athanasius, Council of Nicaea, AD 325 attributed

That quote kept floating into my mind as I watched the behavior of some of the US Bishops this week. 

I'll start with the Bishop of Covington. Last week after the footage showed up online of an American Indian Activist beating a drum and chanting into the face of a 16-year-old high school student from Covington High School, Bishop Foy issued a strong condemnation of the event - against the high school students!

First he condemned the actions of the students and threatened possible expulsion. 

Then he visited the students but didn't apologize. 

Then he finally apologizes but says he was bullied into making the first statements. 

I think that's just a serious leadership problem in that diocese!

Bishop Stowe weighed in on the MAGA hats worn by some of the students.  Bishop Stowe has a fondness for political symbols, particularly the rainbow flags.

Lastly, there are two bishops calling for the excommunication of Governor Cuomo after he signed a bill that virtually legalized all abortion in the state of New York this week. 

Unfortunately, neither of those bishops was from New York. 

So getting back to Bishop Stowe's comment:

  Without engaging the discussion about the context of the viral video or placing the blame entirely on these adolescents, it astonishes me that any students participating in a pro-life activity on behalf of their school and their Catholic faith could be wearing apparel sporting the slogans of a president who denigrates the lives of immigrants, refugees and people from countries that he describes with indecent words and haphazardly endangers with life-threatening policies.

During the Obama administration, the slogan was Hope and Change.  This was the logo. 

Image result for Obama hope and change logo

Obama not only was totally pro-abortion, as a senator, he also voted against helping babies that survived their abortion attempts. He never addressed the March for Life Crowd, and many of the policies at the borders for dealing with illegal immigrants coming into the country were a holdover from of his administration. 

But I did not see the intolerance for Hope and Change T-shirts and hats that I see for the MAGA caps. Basically, I think everyone just wants the best for their families, their communities and their country and every 4 years we try to figure that out by choosing from a very limited pool of candidates. Let's try to give average people the benefit of a doubt. It would be helpful if Bishops would stop condemning the faithful publically without speaking to them first. I'm pretty sure, that's biblical. 

I think it's also worth noting that President Trump addressed the March for Life attendees twice, is open to pro-life legislation, and has put two judges on the SCOTUS who are at least not openly pro-abortion. He is also married to a legal immigrant. With that in mind, a Make America Great Again in regards to being pro-life is very appropriate headgear for a March for Life participant!

4.   Last week I experienced one of the consequences of living in the heart of the opioid crisis. I had to have a molar removed from my lower jaw. Last time that happened, I got a prescription for oxycontin to take as needed. This time I was sent home with a paper that said take ibuprofen and Tylenol and "Let us know if that doesn't take care of it!"  I'm not making this up. 

5. Rosie got a part in the homeschool production of Up the Down Staircase. She got the part of one of the high school students and has about 15 lines. She's thrilled. 

I hadn't seen that in years, so we got a copy from the library. It's also streaming on Amazon Prime. 

6.   Julie Bogart's The Brave Learner is available for pre-order on Amazon. If you love Julie's upbeat attitude about making learning fun, or if you're looking for some inspiration in your school year, this might be just what you need during the winter blahs!

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