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April 3rd, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

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

Return to the Lent calendar.

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

Return to the Lent calendar.

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

March 27th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Considering the fact that he’s our neighbor — the Colbert Report studio is just around the corner from our offices — we thought that, as a staunch defender of our Holy Mother Church, Stephen Colbert would love it if we asked our readers as part of their Lenten spiritual discipline to FAST from ANY and ALL Stephen Colbert-related content ALL DAY on Friday March 27. In that same vein, we’re also asking readers to reflect on how blessed they are to live in the US of A (PRAYER) and to make a small donation to a non-profit that protects bears (or a charitable equivalent) (GIVE).

Fast from ANY and ALL Stephen Colbert-related content ALL DAY on Friday March 27.
Pray… on how blessed

March 26th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.— Meister Eckhart

Fast from your routine.
Pray in a way you’re not accustomed to, e.g. the rosary, sitting meditation, etc.
Give a portion of your prayer time to somebody else’s prayer request.
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

March 25th, 2009
...so we're tossing you a little incentive to keep going

It’s been a month since Lent started and a lot of us are struggling. So to give you a little incentive to get back on board we’re making it easier than ever to enter the drawing for our FastPrayGive Lent Incentive Grand Prize: an iPod Nano….
Up until now, to have your name entered into the drawing we’ve required that in addition to your own email, you give us the email address of a friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com. For the next week — Thursday March 26 to Thursday April 2 only — just enter your own email on the contest form in both spaces for an email address. You’re free to enter this way once per day during the next week (3/26/09-4/2/09) and your entry will count

March 25th, 2009
Coming Soon! Busted Halo's "The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding"

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…

March 25th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
The relationship to one’s fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one’s striving. — Franz Kafka

Fast from television and pick up a book to educate yourself.
Pray for all those who do not have access to quality education.
Give… old books you’ve already read to your local library, hospitals, women’s or homeless shelters, children’s reading or afterschool programs, and senior centers. Or you can donate books to our soldiers overseas by going to booksforsoldiers.com.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share

March 24th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
The call to “treat all things as if they were vessels of the altar” (Rule of St. Benedict 31:10) is the call to steward the earth, to treat it reverently, to hold it in loving hands. It is the call to keep what is usable, to care for what is vulnerable, to safeguard what is fragile on this planet. It is the call to preserve the environment and to clean our houses and our streets and our woods and to stop pollution. It is the call to save the earth for our children.— Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, from Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

Fast… from fuel consumption… take public transportation (or walk or bike) to work or school today — even if it’s a long

March 23rd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. — John Wooden, UCLA Coach

Fast from breakfast and dinner today.
Pray for those who miss breakfast and dinner every day.
Give… the cost of those two meals (at least $10) 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

March 22nd, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.— Woodrow Wilson

Fast from eating any kind of bread today.
Pray for those who don’t have the basic staples of nutrition.
Give the cost of the bread or at least $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: a tin can of Busted…

March 21st, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers of families, read these leaves in the open air every season of every year of your life, re examine all you have been told at school or church, or in any books, and dismiss whatever insults your soul.— Walt Whitman

Fast… from buying a morning paper

March 20th, 2009
Vernal Equinox

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lenten Fact
The word “lent” is not an ancient one. The original name for this period that begins on the fortieth day before Easter was tessarakoste in Greek and quadragesima in Latin, both of which refer to forty. In the Late Middle Ages, when the church started using local languages more, many cultures switched to a local word that suggested “fortieth day”. In Germany and the Netherlands, however, the word used was the word for spring, “lenz” in German, “lente” in Dutch, which literally mean “long”, marking the spring equinox when the days start getting longer than the nights. This usage traveled with the Anglo-Saxons…

March 19th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.— Barbara Bush

Fast from bending the truth and saying “white lies.”
Pray for 3 minutes for a spirit of honesty and integrity in all your dealings.
Give of your time to rectify a past lie or deceit.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin 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

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