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March 27th, 2009

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

March 18th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.— Victor Hugo

Fast from self-centeredness.
Pray today for someone you know who is suffering from a physical ailment or currently in a hospital.
Give… your time to visit someone in the hospital or visit someone who is sick. If you don’t know anyone in a hospital then give $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

March 16th, 2009
The BustedHalo Show broadcasts live from the steps of St. Patrick's Cathedral

Father Dave Dwyer CSP will host a special daytime edition of his nightly talk show, The Busted Halo® Show, live from noon to 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday March 17. Catch Father Dave live from the steps of historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral as the parade files by on Fifth Avenue. The Catholic Channel is available to listeners nationwide exclusively on SIRIUS channel 159 and XM channel 117. Don’t have Sirius XM? You’re in luck… you can get a 3-day online trial absolutely free by going to Sirius.com.…
Once you complete your free online registration, go to the Catholic Channel (Sirius channel 159 or XM channel 117) and listen in for all the live details. You get all the action from the parade route and

March 16th, 2009

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St. Patrick’s Day
For many, a few drinks on Saint Patrick’s Day may be a harmless celebration, but take a moment to read Phil Fox Rose’s new What Works column, “Am I An Alcoholic?” and then check out Mike Hayes’ article “5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Without Getting a Hangover” for some other ways to celebrate.

Fast from excessive drinking and lower the amount of alcohol you consume by 50%. If you don’t drink alcohol, only consume water today.
Pray for people in your life who struggles with addiction, or pray for someone you know whose life has been affected by addiction.
Give… any money you save to your FastPrayGive

March 16th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.— Henri Nouwen

Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for five minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give… genuine compliments to two people you encounter

March 15th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.— John Lennon

Fast from your favorite TV show.
Pray for those served by a favorite cause.
Give the hour saved from TV to that cause in any way you wish — e.g., write a letter to Congress on behalf of the unborn, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, work at an after-school program for children at risk.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: your choice of a book from the Halo Store Grab bag…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize:

March 14th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.— Abraham Lincoln

Fast from your daily habit completely. For example, avoid ordering coffee, tea etc. for the day.
Pray in reflection for 5 minutes on what is truly necessary in your life.
Give… the money saved by abstaining 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.

March 13th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.— Helen Keller

Fast from any unnecessary talking. If your day is filled with idle chatter (both verbal and electronic), try to speak only when necessary and only about significant things.
Pray for 15 minutes in purposeful silence, trying to quiet your mind and listen to how God might be speaking to you in your life.
Give… a small donation or help to a group that has no voice. Alternatively, drop $2 in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve

March 12th, 2009
Checking in with our readers on their FastPrayGive progress

You spoke, we listened. The response to FastPrayGive has been overwhelming. We couldn’t be happier that you tackled our challenge head on to make the Lenten season truly unique. This year, Busted Halo tried to do something different for Lent. Instead of asking our readers to give up something simple for 40 days like chocolate or soda, we challenged them to approach each day in a unique way, and each FastPrayGive challenge reflects this.
We’ve compiled the best comments from the first two weeks — to share the growth, struggle, confusion and laughter of our readers. Please keep up the good work and remember: You can’t flunk this …, so don’t give up. It’s never too late to start again,

March 12th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I have had prayers answered — most strangely so sometimes — but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.— Lewis Carroll

Fast from vanity today. And use one less beauty product or decrease your time in the shower by 50%.
Pray for those who struggle with self-confidence, including yourself.
Give a compliment to somebody else on their appearance.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a March issue of Magnificat with the Lenten Companion…
To see a list of the winners so far, click

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