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Eric Gilhooly

As I live out my consecration to God and preparation for the priesthood, I am convinced in the power of the 'way of beauty' mentioned by Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium n. 167. To learn to see beauty as an expression of God in all things helps us to fall deeper in love with him. And there is no better way to give the faith than inviting others to experience its beauty.

 “When the gong sounds, get the hell out of there. You’re neither of you up to the blood bath at the Cornucopia. Just clear out, put as much distance as …

Lord, help me to tune out all that isn’t you.  I don’t want to be a radio whose dial keeps spinning so there’s no way to hear any one thing …

My Jesus, my Life, you call me through the quiet mountain breeze, through the cry of the hawk and the waving grasses.  Your voice reaches me through an endless horizon …

In Tolkien’s world of Arda, elves are the elder children of Ilúvatar, also known as the One.  Elves receive the gift of immortality and their spirits will remain with the …

Deeper. What does it mean to go deeper, to be a profound person? I believe that it simply means to have grown in our relationship with God—he  knows us best, …

I just got my 2017 day-planner the other day. Yes, it’s a three-dimensional, paper-and-cardboard entity that many would consider more than outdated. So what?  I’m still with one foot in …

Lord, you and I both know that there’s more to life than running around with my nose close to the ground, chasing after this or that goal, racing to beat …

I recently discovered this letter written by Pope Paul VI in 1957 back when he was cardinal of Milan, just six years before his election as pope. He writes this letter …

I guess this is a common spiritual experience for many of us: we already know that only one thing, One Person, matters, but then we have to actually live it… …

Prayer for Corpus Christi Jesus, you hide yourself in the host, bread become God, because my eyes are still too weak to behold your glory.  And my faith still falters …

This article was originally published in In-Formarse, May 2016. It goes along well with the Church’s Jubilee Year of Mercy! At the center of a good story lies a key action …

I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. ( John 10:10) Life.  The most sacred of the old myths hint at it and the highest of prophets …

Here’s a new translation I made of Paul Claudel’s stations of the cross.  It’s a beautiful prayer and I hope it helps you this Lent!  I put the first station’s …

Among the tales of sorrow and of ruin that come down to us from the darkness of those days there are yet some in which amid weeping there is joy …

One of the most important aspects of prayer is actually starting!  We need to open our hearts to God’s presence and really want to be with him.  Hopefully this little prayer …

In honor of the Jubilee Year of Mercy, I would like to share with you some reflections on the Holy Doors at St Peter’s Basilica.  Since each scenes on the …

I’d like to share with you a prayer I wrote, a window into what I think every seminarian carries in his heart.  So if you’d like to pray for all of …

If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart Absent thee from felicity awhile, And in this harsh world draw thy breath in pain, To tell my story.     …

Mother, as your month draws to a close, I’d like to take a few moments and share them exclusively with you.  I know there will be many moments in the …

Lord Jesus, maybe it’s a bit hard for me to pray directly to the Holy Spirit—I guess I’m not quite sure how to relate with him.  Yet I know he’s …

Holy Saturday.  The Word of God is silent.  So where are your words, your words that are spirit and life?  Today I feel abandoned, left to fend for myself in …

You know not the day nor the hour—that’s what I’ve heard you warn us.  In your parables, Lord, the bridegroom always arrives when everyone’s asleep.  And the master decides to …

My god was my belly, my motive self-love, O Lord.  I made a rational choice to return when my stomach won out over my pride.  So I returned to you.  …

I feel a sharp prick in my hand and I awake at once.  As my eyes go in and out of focus I see what seems to be the top …

Oración para la fiesta de la presentación Ahora, puedes dejar a tu siervo irse en paz, porque mis ojos han visto… ¡han visto! Simeón había esperado por toda su vida …

A Prayer for the Feast of the Presentation Now let your servant go in peace, for I have seen… I have seen!  Simeon had waited his whole life for this …

Continuing our thoughts on beauty in art and in nature, I’d like to share with you a second parable: A father had two sons, both about five or six years …

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