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Jesus at the Center

I still recall my Western Civilization Professor strolling late into class. He explained, “I just left a meeting in which I found out history books will no longer be using B.C. (Before Christ) and A.D. (Anno Domini) on our timelines but B.C.E. (Before Common Era) and C.E. (Common Era).” He continued, “This in the effort to be more tolerant of those who do not believe in Christ.” My initial question was prompt: “How do you reconcile the person of Christ who still intersects our timeline determining B.C.E. from C.E.?” He had no response.

History does not spring forth from non-event. The Incarnation was a real event and changing B.C. to B.C.E. or A.D. to C.E. does not remove the reality of the Incarnation.  That being said, how does the reality of the Incarnation, and how we think about time, impact the spiritual life? Let us consider.

First, we ought to regard the more classical sense of how we think about time. In principle, there are two Greek words: chronos and kairos. Chronos includes the minutes we put into our iPads and iPhones, regulated by the twenty-four hour days, seven day weeks, and three-hundred-and-sixty-five-day years. Kairos, on the other hand, is the appointed time for the purposes of God, graced time. The Incarnation is kairos entering into chronos. Thus, how we consider man’s time (chronos) should be seen in light of God’s time (kairos). But how does one acquire such a vision of seeing? Prayer, fervent prayer (cf. James 5:16); especially the prayer of the Eucharist—the prayer of intimate courtship.

So much can be learned from thinking of our relationship with God in prayer analogously to our human relationships. Courtship always entails a “falling in love.” When one is falling in love, we often hear the phrase “time stands still”--a way of communicating how everything slows down or comes to a stop. As we go deeper in our courtship with God in the Eucharist, and fall more in love with Christ, things will begin to slow down and we will see as we ought! In the Eucharist, the horizontal (chronos) and vertical (kairos) beams meet in the most profound way, because the reality of the Cross is made present in the Eucharist (that is to say, Christ’s sacrifice is re-presented on the altar). We receive the Eucharist so as to see!

What’s more, as time begins to stands still for us, we will experience the genesis of our new beginning; the "when", if you will, our iphones and ipads become subject to kairos. Essentially, the sacrifice of the Mass opens us up to kairos and begins to inform and form chronos to its best use. Kairos—not chronos­­—gives order to our days. And no matter what acronym we choose to dot our timelines with, this will never change. Jesus is at the center of our timelines and we should make him the center of our lives!

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“Hollcraft's book engagingly integrates his personal experience with the luminous witness of Scripture and the overflowing holiness of the saints to help you maximize the effectiveness of your intercessory prayer.”
Bishop Liam Cary
Diocese of Baker, Oregon

“With this book, Hollcraft opens the door to the humble act of praying for others and invites us, through practical and accessible tips, to step through that door with trust.”
Dr. Anthony Lilles
Author and Academic Dean of Saint Patrick's Seminary, Menlo Park (CA)

"As I read through these pages, I am reminded of our beautiful calling to pray for others, and Dr. Hollcraft explains here how to do so in deepest intimacy with Jesus Christ!"
Fr. Dave Pivonka T.O.R.
President of Franciscan University of Steubenville

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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
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"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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