Seeds of Truth Ministries

Joseph Hollcraft

radio host • evangelist • catechist

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There is Something Exceptional About You

Recently, my youngest daughter was adding color to something she had drawn. Not only was the drawing quite good for a toddler, but her selection of shade and color was equally impressive. For whatever reason, she decided to erase her selection of shade and color, only to have her older... Read more

God is the Protagonist

As you walk into our home through the mudroom, and turn to your left, you will see something recognizable to all homes with growing children: vertical boards alongside the door with pencil dashes and numbers. The pencil dashes and numbers represent the marked height of each child on their birthday... Read more

A Vision from the Hilltop

“We believe that God created the world according to his wisdom. It is not the product of any necessity whatever, nor of blind fate or chance. We believe that it proceeds from God's free will; he wanted to make his creatures share in his being, wisdom and goodness: ‘For you... Read more
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Enough is Never Enough Until...

The question has been posed: could Christ have saved the world with a drop of His blood? On one hand, yes, why not? He is God and He could do whatever He wants to do. Now, we know He didn’t, but why? As it was once observed by Peter Kreeft, if there are five and a half to six quarts of blood in the human body than Christ could give no less than five and a half to six quarts of human blood. In other words, Christian love teaches that enough is never enough until...it gives everything. I know that reads as quite daunting, but that is the Christian standard--the norm by which our love is to be measured against.

This kind of unconditional love also means that no matter how great our greatest achievements are, or how bad our worst moments are, God will never abandon us. God meets us where we are at and walks with us as He is.

God calls us to constant repentance and to share in the very love that we have received, the love that is not conditioned to anything.

Sharing in God’s unconditional love is the paradox of all paradoxes. If you want more of God’s love, then you must give God away, because God is Love--that’s the paradox. We never possess God’s love, because the moment we receive God’s unrestricted love is the moment we are inspired to share God’s love with others. Conventional wisdom states (wisdom of the world): to give something away is to lose something. Unconventional wisdom states (God’s wisdom): to give something away is to gain something. At best, Love possesses us.

Love, as taught by Saint Thomas Aquinas, is to will the good of the other, because to will the good of the other is to love as God loves. Among other things, this includes not allowing another person’s weaknesses to dictate how we love. This is what Christ teaches us on the cross. Christ teaches us that love is to enter into the misery of another and fill their darkness with the light of Christ, the light of love!

So as we read, teach, and pray about how to better live our this summit of all virtue, love, let us be mindful that imitation of God’s love is never rationed out or portioned, but lavished and poured out as a sharing in God’s own life! In this vein, I close with a quote from soon to be Saint Teresa of Calcutta:

A Heart for Evangelizing - Book Cover

“Evangelization is never about numbers, and never about programs. It’s one heart setting another on fire. With this book, Dr. Hollcraft helps us keep the home fires burning—even as we set the world ablaze with Christ.”
Mike Aquilina
Award-winning author of more than 40 popular books

“Hollcraft wonderfully displays the tapestry of Catholic life and evangelization by weaving solid Catholic teaching, its application to the modern world, and clearly expressed examples that bring out the light and shadows of this beautiful picture.”
Fr. Mitch Pacwa, S.J.
Author, television host, Senior Fellow of the St. Paul Center
for Biblical Theology

"In a world of burgeoning textbooks and media, the reminder that  catechesis is inescapably a personal task to which we are all called, through a cooperation with the redeeming and educative work of the Person of the Holy Trinity, is a timely and important one."
Dr. Petroc Willey
Professor of Catechetics, Franciscan University of Steubenville

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