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April 13th, 2009
The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding Episode 2

Episode #2 “The Jerky Priest!”

Dr. Christine B. Whelan, is an Iowa-based social historian, professor, journalist and author. She is the author of Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love, and Why Smart Men Marry Smart Women.
Fr. Eric Andrews CSP is the pastor of Blessed John XXIII parish, which serves as the Catholic campus ministry for the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Prior to entering the priesthood, he worked for Jim Henson and the Muppets on a variety of television productions.

April 12th, 2009

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Easter
John 20:1-9
On the first day of the week,
Mary of Magdala came to the tomb early in the morning,
while it was still dark,
and saw the stone removed from the tomb.
So she ran and went to Simon Peter
and to the other disciple whom Jesus loved, and told them,
“They have taken the Lord from the tomb,
and we don’t know where they put him.”
So Peter and the other disciple went out and came to the tomb.
They both ran, but the other disciple ran faster than Peter
and arrived at the tomb first;
he bent down and saw the burial cloths there, but did not go in.
When Simon Peter arrived after him,
he went into the tomb and saw the burial cloths there,
and the cloth that had covered his head,
not…

April 11th, 2009

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Holy Saturday/Easter Vigil
We celebrate the Easter Vigil after sundown on Holy Saturday. We start with the church in darkness, and then slowly the introduction of light makes its way into our presence by lighting candles from the great Easter candle (Paschal candle), and as Jesus’ resurrection grows stronger, more light opens into the congregation.
The evening is also marked by the Baptism of the elect, those who have been preparing to enter into the church. Those of us not being baptized are called to renew our own baptismal promises as well.

Fast from impatience.
Pray… for the patience to accept Christ’s coming into your life. (If that seems too abstract to you, pray for

April 9th, 2009

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Good Friday
We’re letting you see Good Friday early, so you can be prepared to observe what we’re asking of you.
“Were you there, when they crucified my Lord?”
The haunting sounds of this old spiritual tell you all you need to know about Good Friday. This is the day of Jesus’ crucifixion and death. Jesus was nailed and hung on a cross and left for dead with common criminals on either side of him. There is no Mass celebrated on Good Friday. The Blessed Sacrament is removed from the tabernacle and moved to an alternate location in the church.
The day is marked by an interactive reading of the Passion narrative. The congregation usually reads the lines in the story…

April 9th, 2009

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Holy Thursday
Two things are central to Holy Thursday. First, we are reminded of the Last Supper and the final period of time that Jesus shared with his disciples.
In three of the four gospels we hear about how Jesus took bread and broke it and blessed a cup of wine saying “this is my body; this is my blood. Do this to remember me.” In the Gospel of John however, the central moment of Jesus’ final evening with his disciples is not the Eucharistic meal (which in fact is not even mentioned) but rather, the washing of the disciples’ feet. This moment get re-enacted at Mass after the homily and also reminds us of the second thing that gets emphasized on Holy Thursday: the…

April 8th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Passover is the first of three major festivals that have historical and agricultural significance. It is the beginning of the harvest season in Israel although nobody really pays any mind to this. The Hebrew word Pesach means to pass through or exempt. The Passover recalls the biblical story from the book of Exodus. God passed over the houses of the Jews that were marked with the blood of the lamb when he was slaying all the first born sons in Egypt.
Jews remove all leavened bread from their homes for Passover to symbolize that they were once nomadic and always in a hurry — so much so that they couldn’t let their bread rise.
On the first night of Passover, there is a special…

April 7th, 2009

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Lent Quotable

There is a place where thou canst touch the eyes
Of blinded men to instant, perfect sight;
There is a place where thou canst say, “Arise”
To dying captives, bound in chains of night;
There is a place where thou canst reach the store
Of hoarded gold and free it for the Lord;
There is a place — upon some distant shore —
Where thou canst send the worker and the Word.
Where is that secret place — dost thou ask, “Where?”
O soul, it is the secret place of prayer!— Alfred Lord Tennyson

Fast from ignorance. Read a book.
Pray for people who lack a proper education.
Give… used books to a library or a literacy organization.
Slipped up? Don’t

April 6th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Hot cross buns are a British Catholic tradition. Despite an attempt by Queen Elizabeth I to squash this papist pastry in the 1500s, it has survived down through the centuries.
The ironic thing about its perceived Catholicity is that the hot cross bun started as a pagan offering. When the Saxons settled in England in the 6th Century, they brought their Germanic gods with them from Holstein. Eostre was their goddess of light, whose festival occurred at the beginning of Spring. Eostre herself likely derives from the Vedic deity Ushas, the pre-Hindu Indian goddess of dawn, which welcomed the birds and drove off evil spirits. Ushas is further developed in the vedas as the medium…

April 5th, 2009

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Today we celebrate Passion (Palm) Sunday. We receive palms at Mass in memory of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem where he was hailed by the people with palm branches.
As he enters Jerusalem, Jesus moves closer to his death on the cross. So these palms symbolically point us toward not merely Christ’s death but also His resurrection.
Another lesser-known reference to palm branches is in the book of Revelation, where it speaks of the saints in heaven “wearing white robes and holding palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
The palms suggest that they too are triumphant over death and have come to live in a new life with God. The white robes also remind us of our…

April 4th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.— Albert Einstein

Fast from excessive electricity consumption.
Pray for people in the world who don’t have the infrastructure to have electricity.
Give $2 to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)

Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab bag…
To see a list

April 3rd, 2009
Given up? Why not start over for Holy Week?

You’ve made it this far — only another week to go.  As a matter of fact, it’s the Holiest Week of the year.
So even if you’ve completely messed up all throughout Lent, here’s a good opportunity to try again and get into the spirit of Holy Week.  Remember this is unflunkable — with each day that passes you get one more chance to learn more about yourself and grow closer to God.  So join us down the homestretch for your last chances to fast, pray and give one day at a time.
 
We aren’t announcing when… we will be doing our FastPrayGive Lent Incentive Grand Prize Drawing, but we will clue you in: we’ll do it in time to get the iPod Nano Easter Basket to the winner for Easter

April 3rd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
If we’re not willing to settle for junk living, we certainly shouldn’t settle for junk food.— Sally Edwards

Fast from any food that is cooked or processed (e.g. french fries, rice, bread, cooked vegetables).
Pray for the well-being of our environment.
Give… the money you would’ve spent on processed foods to your your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

April 2nd, 2009
Debut Episode!

From over-the-top registries to destination weddings, the American wedding industrial complex is a $161 billion consumer bonanza. But a wedding is more than just a party: It’s the beginning of a life-long marriage, an important sacrament in the Catholic Church. Brides want everything to be to their specifications — and priests bristle at being treated like hired help. Friends and family ask about color themes for the reception, and the priest plies pre-Cana compatibility quizzes. It’s a cultural war, and engaged couples are on the front lines.
What happens when the princess planning her “one perfect day” clashes with the priest who would rather preside over a dozen funerals than one wedding?…

April 2nd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Prayer is the key of the morning and the bolt of the evening.— Mohandas Gandhi

Fast from sensory overload. For one hour use neither your sight nor hearing. (Use a blindfold or earplugs.)
Pray in thanksgiving for the gifts of sight and hearing and pray for those who are blind or deaf.
Give some of your time to an organization for the blind and deaf (like Lighthouse International or Recording for the Blind )

Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab bag… (one of the following-The Apostles by Pope Benedict XVI, A New Heart-Eleven Qualities of Holiness

April 1st, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
— Harvey Fierstein

Fast from being overly serious.
Pray for the gift of good humor and the ability to see humor in life.
Give everyone multiple opportunities to laugh. (Forward a funny email, take a friend to a comedy show or movie.)
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share your
struggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin can of Busted Halo M&M’s…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s

March 31st, 2009
Take the Freshman Survival Guide Survey!

When we published Busted Halo‘s® First Annual Freshman Survival Guide in 2005, we thought we had a good idea on our hands; we just didn’t know how good. Since then, the Guide has grown exponentially and we are proud to announce an exciting and important step in that growth: Hachette Book Group will publish the first print edition of Busted Halo…‘s Freshman Survival Guide next year.
Our goal is to take the first print edition of the Guide well beyond what we’ve been able to do online. Of course, it will still encompass a wide range of college-life issues from academics and relationships to dealing with roommates, social life and everything else that affects new college students. What makes

March 31st, 2009

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Lent Quotable
The Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone’s will be done but their own.— Aldous Huxley

Fast from your own willfulness and stubbornness.
Pray to see your life from God’s perspective.
Give up a long held grievance.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Green Bible…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce

March 30th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and to read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fast from secrecy. Foster a more open relationship with someone in your life.
Pray for people who are burdened by secrets in their lives.
Give an anonymous donation to a charity and refrain from claiming it on your tax form.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Sacred Art of Fasting by Fr.…

March 29th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Every man wants to pray the day before he dies. As he does not know when his time will come, so he must pray every day in order to be safe.— a proverb

Fast from fasting (all things in moderation.)
Pray a simple prayer of thanks for the day.
Give yourself a break.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of the March issue of Magnificat with the Lenten Companion…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com®

March 28th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Is not prayer also a study of truth — a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily, without learning something.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fast from winning — an argument, your place in line.
Pray for greater humility.
Give time to help somebody in a task that you excel at.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin can of Busted Halo M&M’s…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like

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