Saint Patrick, the Apostle of the Irish, was seized from his native Britain by Irish marauders when he was sixteen years old. Though the son of a deacon and a grandson of a priest, it was not until his captivity that he sought out the Lord with his whole heart.
How true these words are for me. Though raised in a Christian environment, it was not until my captivity (though a different kind of captivity) that I began to seek out the Lord God with all my heart.
What will it take for you to seek out the Lord with your whole heart?
Edited post script:
From today’s reading, something so fitting from Isaiah 8:
The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness, on them has light shined.
… For those in captivity, captive behind bars, captive in addiction, captive in a relationship, captive to anxiety and fear, captive to an ailing body, captive to long held habits… For those in such fetters, may you see a great light, on you, dear reader, may the Light shine.