Have you ever noticed how converts to the Catholic faith often seem to really be on fire with knowledge of the faith and love of God? They don't come to the Catholic Church by accident, rather, they arrive there by their study of the truth, a path that causes them to read the writings of the early Church fathers and the saints. In the process, they fall in love with the mysteries, the truths and the ancient history of the Catholic faith, and it shows in their expressions, their conversations and their interactions with others. It's as though they have discovered the pearl of great value and want to share it with everyone they meet.
I met such a person eleven years ago when I rediscovered my Catholic faith. She showered me with books about the faith I grew up with but knew so little about, and the learning process that should have been fostered and nourished in me as a child began for me as an adult.
I am a cradle Catholic, and I learned more from her than I ever did from all my years growing up Catholic. Oh, I went through the motions of being Catholic without the understanding of what it means to actually be Catholic. What is it about so many cradle Catholics? Do we take for granted that we have been born into the faith of our fathers, so never really feel the desire or the inclination to explore or fall in love with our religion?
I might add that reverts to the faith show the same deep love and understanding of Catholicism that converts do. Maybe God in His wisdom, is giving us the foundation of knowledge to be built on later in life when we are more disposed to treasure it and nourish it to its full potential.