In the previous post, I suggested in order to pass faith to our children we must live it in a way that reveals God as the source of our happiness. I also shared my belief that we should engage in daily reflection as a vehicle for thinking, walking, and acting like Jesus.
As parents, we cannot successfully pass our faith to our children if we do not practice it ourselves. Researchers from The National Study of Youth and Religion found that when it comes to belief, faith, and religion, children often emulate their parents. “In fact, young people today may be the best barometer of the faith of their parents. The best chance we have to ensure that young people have faith is if their parents have faith. The best way to get youths involved in their faith communities is to get their parents involved in and serious about their faith communities.”
Wendy Scherbart is the Director for Catechetical Ministry at the Office for Parish Services in the Diocese of San Jose and is responsible for the formation of the leaders in catechetical ministry within the diocesan churches. She has 29 years of experience as a catechetical leader at the diocesan and parish level. She is a certified master catechist and holds an MA in catechetics and an MA in education administration from Santa Clara University..