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…

Feast of St. Basil and 9th Day of Christmas

St Basil the Great
St. Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr, licensed cc

St. Basil was the born in Caesarea of Cappadocia in 330.  His parents were St. Basil the Elder and St. Emmelia.  The couple had 10 children, many of whom are honored as saints including St. Macrina, St. Peter of Sebaste, Gregory of Nyssa and Theosebia. 

As a young man, he became friends of St. Gregory of Nazianzen. Basil studied in Caesarea, Constantinople and Athens. He eventually returned to Caesarea to teach and practice law. 

But he was drawn to the monastic life and started a monastery on Pontus where he wrote his famous monastic rule. 

St. Basil was eventually ordained and made Bishop of Caesaria. He earned the title "Great" and was eventually called a Doctor of the Church. 

His two most notable accomplishments include victory of Nicene orthodoxy over Airanism in the Byazntine East and denunciation of Arianism at the Council of Constantinople. Basil was noted to be one of the great orators of Christianity.

Famous St. Basil Quote:

The bread you store up belongs to the hungry; the cloak that lies in your chest belongs to the naked; the gold that you have hidden in the ground belongs to the poor.

“A good deed is never lost; he who sows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love.” 

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The Holy Spirit
Father Lawrence Lew, OP via Flickr -  licensed cc

Today on this 9th Day of Christmas we reflect on the 9 fruits of the Holy Spirit!

  • Charity  
  • joy 
  • peace 
  • patience 
  • kindness 
  • goodness
  • long suffering 
  • mildness 
  • faith 
  • modesty 
  • self-control 
  • chastity.

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