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April 30th, 2010

Now you can have fresh customized daily content for your website or blog by including one of our BustedHalo® widgets on your site. Every day new stories, essays, columnists, video features, bloggers, the Googling God question of the day and our Daily Jolt can be yours to offer your readers. Your site will have something new for your visitors to come back for that will challenge, intrigue, inform and inspire them whenever they visit. Click through to the widget page to find out more……

April 28th, 2010
"Clinging to hope"

In this episode, Benita talks about her hopes and dreams for attending law school.
In episode one, Benita discusses her background and the difficulties she faced growing up.
In episode two, Benita describes how a routine traffic stop has turned her life upside down.
In episode three, Benita talks about the story of Esther and God’s plan.…

April 20th, 2010
Busted Halo contests keep on giving

We know, we know, it’s been a couple weeks. Lent has passed, Easter is here, and we never formally announced the end of our Fast Pray Give contest or its winner. Ok, we’re sorry. We certainly didn’t intend for this to slip through the cracks but in the midst of covering everything else going on in the world of spiritual seekers it unfortunately did. (We ARE proud to note, however, that we actually picked the grand prize winner and sent the prize out right on time…we just forgot to tell the rest of you.)
So finally, at long last…
Congratulations to the Grand Prize winner, Kim Dousette of Hopkinsville, KY, who received an Easter Basket with a custom Fast Pray Give Flip Video Camera, candy, books,…

March 31st, 2010
After our Lent Calendar is finished you can still count on us for daily reflection and prayer

Thanks to tremendous word of mouth from you, our readers — not to mention great coverage from USA Today and other national media and the hundreds of widgets we’ve given out to websites and bloggers around the globe — this year’s FastPrayGive… Lenten Calendar has been an enormous success.  Beginning with “Show Us Your Ash” on Ash Wednesday, continuing on through our Lenten Laptop Pilgrimage on the Camino up through these final days of Holy Week, we’ve set site records in terms of traffic and reader participation.
Thousands of you are checking back each day for a little piece of inspiration as well as a small spiritual challenge. The feature’s popularity

March 24th, 2010
Travel along the Camino de Santiago with our Busted Halo pilgrims without leaving your home

Day #5: Journey’s End
The pilgrims complete their Camino and arrive at the 11th century St. James Cathedral, burial site of St. James the Apostle, to place their hands on the left foot of the statue depicting the Trinity, the traditional end-point of the Camino. Hear final thoughts and reflections from Fr. Larry, Erin, Stephen, Sam, Amy, and Mary…
Click here to listen further to the pilgrims’ final group discussion of the last day of the pilgrimage.

Day #4:
Reflections on “Waking”
A poem by Theodore Roethke
From Arzua, the pilgrims head to Arca. They will cross a number of bridges built by local farmers over the centuries to accommodate feeding their growing flocks of livestock.…

March 16th, 2010
Editor-in-Chief Bill McGarvey hosts a weekly edit meeting with readers and listeners this Friday at LA Congress

Every week in our editorial meeting we bring together the great minds of our Busted Halo crew to talk about what we’ve been doing on the site and to bounce ideas off one another for new segments, stories, features, competitions and other new ways to make your days a little more interesting.
This week we’re on the road in LA at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, but there’s no rest for the weary, so we’re still going to have our edit meeting, but this time we’d like you… to be there.
This Friday, March 19th at 3:00 p.m. PST, stop by the Busted Halo® booth in the exhibit hall at the Anaheim Convention Center and meet BustedHalo.com® Editor-in-Chief Bill McGarvey.
Bill

March 12th, 2010
California Week: March 14 - 22, 2010

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March 9th, 2010
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 13

Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding”.
Send us your questions!
We encourage you to email us questions, or record a short video with your question and send it to us. If we use your video in a future episode, we will give you a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Send in your questions to weddings@bustedhalo.com and hear Dr. Christine Whelan, author of the Pure Sex, Pure Love… column go head to head with Father Eric Andrews, a Paulist priest with more than 15 years of wedding experience as they debate your questions: Why can’t you get married on the beach? Why is the priest being such a jerk? Why do we have to talk about sex during pre-Cana? And many

March 2nd, 2010
Busted Halo vs. America Magazine..."and the WINNER is"

You’d think they would have given Up by now. After two consecutive years of getting An Education in Oscar prognosticating, Fr. Jim Martin SJ and Tim Reidy — the Precious cinephiles at America magazine, the national Catholic weekly run by the Jesuits — asked to go head-to-head for a third round with BustedHalo.com’s editor-in-chief Bill McGarvey on the year’s Best Picture nominees. The Inglourious Basterds at America are well aware that McGarvey is A Serious Man when it comes to film, so they can’t claim to have been Blind Sided.
As the following two-part podcast makes clear, picking Oscar winners is no game to McGarvey. He made it painfully clear to his opponents before

February 26th, 2010
'What happened to the plan?"

In this episode, Benita talks about the story of Esther and God’s plan.
In episode one, Benita discusses her background and the difficulties she faced growing up.
In episode two, Benita describes how a routine traffic stop has turned her life upside down.…

February 24th, 2010
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 12

Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding”.
Send us your questions!
We encourage you to email us questions, or record a short video with your question and send it to us. If we use your video in a future episode, we will give you a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Send in your questions to weddings@bustedhalo.com and hear Dr. Christine Whelan, author of the Pure Sex, Pure Love… column go head to head with Father Eric Andrews, a Paulist priest with more than 15 years of wedding experience as they debate your questions: Why can’t you get married on the beach? Why is the priest being such a jerk? Why do we have to talk about sex during pre-Cana? And many

February 22nd, 2010
And the winner is...

The results are in.
Each and every ash shot we recieved had a special style that was all its own. Some were big, some small, some bold, and others a little more demure. It was no easy task, but our team of Busted Halo ash specialists have gathered and conferred, but there can only be one (okay, or maybe a few) winner(s).
So, without further ado…

Grand Prize-Best All-Around Ash
Victoria Hathaway…

Awards in Special Categories

Most Extreme Ash
Marion Wise and Molly Jewett

Best Mommy & Me Ash
(Tie) Candace McMillan and Sarah O’Keefe Stoddard

Most Intense Ash
Dan Smrokowski

Best InternASHional Ash
(also winner for “Biggest Ash,” “OMG! Ash,” and “You Must Get Time Off in Purgatory

February 12th, 2010
"We had to start all over."

In this episode, Rishi discusses his family’s move back to Trinidad.
In episode one, Rishi talked about his family’s move to Canada from Trinidad.…

February 5th, 2010
A retreat series and new Paulist Productions documentary look at forgiveness

Rev. Frank Desiderio, CSP, facilitates forgiveness retreats throughout the United States (forgivenessretreats.org), featuring the award-winning documentary The Big Question: A Film About Forgiveness…, which he executive-produced while president of Paulist Productions. The film tells dramatic stories of astonishing acts of forgiveness, courage and grace, and features psychologists and scientists who study the impact of forgiveness on the human condition, and some of the greatest spiritual leaders of our time including Nobel Laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu, The Venerable Thich Nhat Hanh, Sr. Helen Prejean, Dr. Deepak Chopra and Rev. Joseph Lowery.
“How to Let Go of a Grudge” forgiveness

February 2nd, 2010
Busted Halo's 2010 FastPrayGive Lent calendar needs you!

Last year’s FastPrayGive Lent calendar was an enormous success.  The idea behind it was that we wanted people to look at the Lenten season as more than just a time to give up chocolate.
Every day we offered readers a Daily Jolt moment of inspiration and contemplation as well as opportunities to practice in simple useful ways the ancient Lenten traditions of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
We also peppered the calendar with incentives throughout and a grand prize right before Easter.  We’re giving away even more incentives this year but we want our readers to help us build the new edition of our calendar!  Send us your ideas for a Daily Jolt (see examples below) and, if we use yours, we’ll…

January 29th, 2010
"This is so much more than just numbers."

Benita describes how a routine traffic stop has turned her life upside down.
In episode one, Benita discusses her background and the difficulties she faced growing up.…

January 25th, 2010
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 11

Want to see more? Watch other episodes of “The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding”.
Send us your questions!
We encourage you to email us questions, or record a short video with your question and send it to us. If we use your video in a future episode, we will give you a $25 Amazon gift certificate. Send in your questions to weddings@bustedhalo.com and hear Dr. Christine Whelan, author of the Pure Sex, Pure Love… column go head to head with Father Eric Andrews, a Paulist priest with more than 15 years of wedding experience as they debate your questions: Why can’t you get married on the beach? Why is the priest being such a jerk? Why do we have to talk about sex during pre-Cana? And many

January 22nd, 2010
"Into the mouth of the lion."

Giselle discusses the incident that forced her to look at the immigration issue.…

January 14th, 2010
How you can help

Earlier this week a devastating earthquake rocked Haiti and we are learning only now of the complete destruction that has fallen on the Haitians. Early estimates are putting the death toll at 50,000. Here are ways to help:

Follow the lastest developments on the Catholic Relief Services site and blog.
Catholic News Service has this list of ways to help.
Tips For Funding Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts from Charity Navigator
You can even donate with your mobile phone via Red Cross, by txting “YELE” to 501501 for a donation of $5, or “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10. The charge will show up on your cell phone bill.

May God comfort and be with the Haitians, and may He be merciful to us for the ways…

January 12th, 2010
"It started 21 years ago."

Rishi talks about his family’s move to Canada from Trinidad.…

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