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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.

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 …

When we ask if art could possibly be more beautiful than nature, our tendency is to at once deny it.  Isn’t creation much more important and beautiful than anything man …

Mi hijo nació el 9 de diciembre de 1999.  Lo llamamos Pedro.  ¡Qué gozo su vida dio a Ana y  a mí!  En la Nochebuena el párroco lo bautizó y …

My son was born on December 9, 1999.  We called him Peter.  And what joy his life brought to Anna and me!  On Christmas Eve our parish priest baptized him—so …

Who are you? Those looking up at you shout taunts about saving yourself, about some power you are supposed to have. And the placard above you names you king—my king. …

dedicated to my kid brother Why are you here? Where have you come from? I don’t know you, or at least I don’t recognize your face. I didn’t plan to …

Psalm 8 “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers…”, the stars: notes delicately scratched on the silky heavens; when I see mighty Orion battling the Bear …

April 1994. Immaculée Ilibagiza was stuffed into a 3×4 foot bathroom together with seven other Tutsi women fleeing the Rwanda genocide.   She would stay there for three months barely able …

I remember trying to learn the trumpet in high school—sitting in that classroom with everyone warming up and testing out their instrument for the first time. The noise was anything …

  I punch him in the arm. Hard, but not with all I’ve got. “You idiot,” I say, “don’t forget to look both ways before you cross the street.  Remember …

“Where your treasure is…” (Luke 12:34)  Our hearts all seek something, but what is it? Many of us pray for healing, to find a job, for the strength to forgive …

Back when thy voice first sounded strong, Came piercing through my plight, Darkness! All was darkness! And thou, mine only light. … Thou badest — I did answer and I …

For Catholics wanting to convert others to the faith, evangelization often boils down to apologetics.  What arguments can I pull out of my sleeve to convince this person?  Apologetics has …

Can I be faithful?  At times we all tend to wonder.  When we experience our failures and weaknesses or when others aren’t what we had hoped they would be, I …

I will always hold the greatest esteem and gratitude in my heart for the inventor of the nightlight.  Maybe not everyone can understand the feeling, but then again, not every …

Quick!  Buy a cabin out in Wyoming; cut yourself off from the rest of civilization and start growing your own food.  The dollar and euro are failing fast and there’s …

“All-in-one design. Power and performance. Beautifully packaged.” These words advertising Apple’s most recent iMac could have been used by God himself. And they were. Let me tell you about it… …

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