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Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, is the associate director of Busted Halo®. Ordained in 2008, Fr. Steve served as the associate pastor at St. Austin’s in Austin, Texas, where he led lessons on faith for school-aged kids at summer camp and motivational talks for African-American professionals in Austin. He also led retreats and missions for young adults and other groups in the church.
November 3rd, 2013

Thirty-first Sunday in Ordinary Time. Zacchaeus shares his story, which Father Steve shares with…us.(Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, November 3, 2013)
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October 16th, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-eighth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve reminds us that no matter how we feel inside and outside, we should strive to always show the kindness of God. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, October 16, 2013)
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October 9th, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-seventh Week in Ordinary Time. Think there is only way to be angry? Well, think again, says Father Steve. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, October 9, 2013)
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October 6th, 2013

Twenty-seventh Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Steve uses an analogy to horror movies to make a point about using our own talents and actually doing something instead of talking about it. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, October 6, 2013)
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October 2nd, 2013

Memorial of the Holy Guardian Angels. Do you think you have a guardian angel? How do you know? Was there something that happened that proved it to you? Well things have proved it before to others, that’s for sure. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, October 2, 2013)
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September 25th, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-fifth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve explains why he loves Ezra, and we all should too. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, September 25, 2013)
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September 18th, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-fourth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve reminds us that we should strive to be disciples and try not to be discouraged. There are paths of help if need be in that goal. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, September 18, 2013)
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September 15th, 2013

Twenty-fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Father Steve has the congregation sing Amazing Grace to make a point about being lost…and then found. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, September 15, 2013)
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September 4th, 2013

Wednesday of the Twenty-second Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve insists and inspires you to show people God within you. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday 4, 2013)
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August 30th, 2013
Hang on for a roller coaster ride that will leave you blessed

My first ride on a roller coaster was on The Comet at Hershey Park. I think I was about 10. I remember my mother yelling worriedly at my uncle, who was riding with me, to hold on to me tightly. The experience was frightening, reckless, erratic, stomach churning and… phenomenal! It began a 35-year love affair that is as fresh now as it was then. Not so for many of my friends who had their fling with thrill-seeking rides and called it quits because of age or doubts about keeping down lunch.
So, here I am, a man of a certain age. I’ve gained more than a bit of weight and lost more than a bit of naiveté. I’ve had my first major surgery and enough health issues to remind me that I’m not as supple as I used to be. I have a wiser…

July 28th, 2013

Seventeenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. Do we change God’s mind with prayer? What is prayer? Why do we do it? Father Steve gives us his take on all of these ever-present questions. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, July 28, 2013)
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July 24th, 2013

Wednesday of the Sixteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve uses an interesting story about trying to feed the needy on Thanksgiving to make a poignant comment on the petition of prayer. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, July 24, 2013)
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July 17th, 2013

Wednesday of the Fifteenth Week in Ordinary Time. Father Steve reminds us to be humble before God, and humble before others. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, July 17, 2013)
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June 30th, 2013

Thirteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time. I think we can all agree with Father Steven that it ain’t always easy, this life of ours, especially a life of faith. So what can we do? Who can we turn to? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Sunday, June 30, 2013)
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June 20th, 2013

Thursday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. Jesus tells us today how we are supposed to pray. So it is probably pretty important, right? (Preached on Thursday, June 20, 2013, 12:15pm, St. Malachy’s Church, 49th and Broadway, Times Square, New York City)
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June 19th, 2013

Wednesday of the Eleventh Week in Ordinary Time. What does it mean to say “you reap what you sow”? What does it mean in terms of our faith lives? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, June 19, 2013)
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June 17th, 2013

For a long time there’s been a belief that with faith, one cannot doubt and that with doubt, one cannot have true faith. This is true if we let doubt fuel mistrust. However, if we use doubt to help us formulate questions about our search for truth, then we can begin to see doubt as a good thing. So, to answer the question directly, it depends on how you use doubt on your journey of faith. Imagine doubt as a travel agent offering you a trip to an uncharted island to learn and experience something new about your world. Some may find such a trip requires too much — too time consuming, too frustrating, too scary, too risky — and therefore dismiss the trip and use the agent’s offer as a reason to disengage. “It just…

June 12th, 2013

Wednesday of the Tenth Week in Ordinary Time. What exactly are we ministering? Who are we ministering to? How are we doing at it? (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Wednesday, June 12, 2013)
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June 12th, 2013

After reading the intercessory prayer that Abraham makes on behalf of Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis 18, it’s easy to see how one might think that prayer could change God’s mind. However, the question of whether prayer does change God’s mind first requires a closer look at what prayer actually is.
Church teaching looks at prayer through three lenses:

First, prayer is a gift from God and we need humility to use it properly. Humility helps us defend against pride and selfishness — things that can cause us to view God as a magic genie rather than Our Heavenly Father.
Second, prayer expresses our covenant relationship with God, affirmed by our heart’s true participation when praying.…

June 11th, 2013

Memorial of Saint Barnabas, Apostle. Father Steven has a deep connection and affection for Barnabus. Find out why. (Fr. Steven Bell, St. Paul the Apostle Church, New York City, Tuesday, June 11, 2013)
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