My wife and I don't have children yet. Today, I was thinking about an interesting experience I had with a friend who completed RCIA with me. I had made a comment about how important I felt it was for my children to openly search through religion and theology to find out what they believed to be true. Part of the baggage of my old Protestant denomination was that you were never taught to really seek God, especially not through a search of religion. Even with scripture, you were only taught to search the scriptures in as much as you agreed with everyone else. You were to "personally interpret" the Bible just like the "Church interpreted it" and anything else was being dishonest or dumb. Of course this goes against my feelings on just about everything. so thus I made the comment that I would raise my children to seek and learn while at the same time holding that the Catholic position is the right one. My friend took some offense to that because that's how he was raised. His father came from an Islamic background and his mother from a Catholic background. He said his parents always left it open and thanks to them it took him 30 years to find the Catholic Church! He thought it would be much better to simply teach them the truth and say "there it is". Obviously, his experiences left him with a totally different feeling from mine. Today, I've come to a different conclusion. Jesus said those who sought would find. I believe anyone with a true desire to find Christ will eventually find him in whatever way God has it planned. I don't want to say that it "doesn't matter how you raise your children" but I do want to say that we should put more faith in God and less in our own teaching and let the Holy Spirit do the leading. Honest souls will follow.