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Joseph Hollcraft

radio host • evangelist • catechist

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Sin (Like a Virus)

World War Z , staring Brad Pitt, is an apocalyptic horror film that is centered around a human virus that spreads through bites, which changes the chemistry of the brain and transforms humans into creatures (zombies) that behave like rabid animals. In the movie, panic spreads and whole countries go... Read more

Love Never takes a Day Off

Upon returning home today, I was greeted by a number of inconvenie nces: a malfunctioning water heater, an overflowing toilet, and a decapitated rat (sorry for the explicit reference). As I walked through the door and began to assess the first step in dealing with these problems (yes, the toilet... Read more

The Church is Calling: Be A Mystic!

Often, we hear the word mystic, and think of such words as rapture, ecstasy, visionary, and so on. On one hand, rightfully so, the likes of Saint Padre Pio and Saint John Bosco, to name a few, are known for their “mystical” experiences of bi-location and the like. But there... 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 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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