Disturb them with your happiness!
Many parents who want to pass on the faith to their children feel insecure in their own believing and belonging. Michael Paul Gallagher believes that parents can serve their children best by nourishing the roots of their own faith , faith is caught, no taught, and children will catch the faith if they see it lived and living around them.
Fr Gallagher encourages parents not to be neutral in passing on the faith. He cites the current interest in spirituality and the inner self as evidence of young peoples search for faith, ans says that if young peple are given the basis , security and trust 0 at home, they will be well-prepared to live the faith throughout their lives.
Will Our Children Believe? is the second in the Will our Children be Okay? series. The series is designed as a resource for parents dealing with the difficulties and joys of bringing up a family in a Christian context.
Michael Paul Gallagher
Michael Paul Gallagher wrote several books on faith and contemporary culture, including Faith Maps, Clashing Symbols and Dive Deeper. He was a lecturer in modern literature at University College Dublin before going to Rome where he was rector of the Bellarmino College and professor of fundamental theology at the Gregorian University. He died in November 2015.