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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

March 11th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness… It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Fast from your worst habit — excessive worry, overeating, smoking, drinking, etc. For those who have great difficulty with this, fast by at least 50% (and consider reading “Am I An Alcoholic”, the first What Works column, published today.
Pray for help in removing whatever is blocking a closer relationship with God.
Give… support to someone you know who is struggling with bad habits and/or addiction.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and

March 10th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Today is Purim. This Jewish holiday is one of many that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a threat — in this case, the 6th Century BCE Persian vizier Haman’s plan to exterminate the Jews, described in the Book of Esther. Interesting in relation to Lent is that this holiday is honored by celebrating noisily and publicly — sometimes including excessive drinking and street parades in masks and crazy costumes — a bit like week before last’s Mardi Gras.
(Of course, we are also coming up on Passover. Since the Last Supper was a Passover Seder, though the Hebrew and Roman calendars are different, Easter and Passover always occur…

March 9th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill

Fast from using seasoning on my food today.
Pray for those who would be happy to simply have a taste of bread, without butter, or a potato, without sour cream. Think about what your food tastes like without all the extras we have come to expect.
Give… money or time to a food organization like City Harvest that helps gather food for those in need, or donate the cost of a loaf of bread and condiments 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

March 8th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
We must recognize prayer as an instrument of God’s will. Therefore, we pray that God’s will may be done throughout the world… and in intercessory prayer we bring people… from around the world… into the presence of God.— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fast from cursing today.
Pray that God guide your words and actions so that you always profess kindness, not judgment.
Give… $1 for every curse to your FastPrayGive Bowl — if you really stuggle with this, then add 50 cents for every obsenity. (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

March 7th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.— Billy Graham

Fast by reducing your carbon footprint.
Pray for the environment and all those people who are victims of natural disasters which have been encouraged by global warming — ride your bike instead of driving, turn off lights, computers and appliances when you’re not using them.
Give… by planting a tree to help reduce carbon admissions or have a tree planted for you and help to build back areas which have been destroyed by wildfires.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s

March 6th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.— Satchel Paige, 1974

Fast from cynicism and negativity.
Pray for a greater sense of hopefulness in your life.
Give a dollar or two to your FastPrayGive Bowl on this sunny day to help someone later on a rainy day. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you 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: Swedish Fish…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To

March 5th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.— Socrates

Fast from one meal today.
Pray for people in your local community who have to struggle for a meal.
Give the cost of that meal — at least $5 — to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you 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 copy of The Art of Fasting…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To

March 4th, 2009
Check it out! And if you slipped away, just come on back.

Did you get our message that Lent isn’t about giving up chocolate? Maybe this helps: We’re giving away our own Busted Halo chocolate… — M&Ms with our logo on them. Aren’t they gorgeous?!
If you’re not doing our FastPrayGive challenge every day here’s what your missing besides our chocolate giveaway: Swedish Fish on Fridays; a chance to win an iPod nano; and saving your soul… OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But trust us, you should check it out. And if you slipped away, just come on back… it’s completely unflunkable, entirely relevant and totally inspiring. Every day is a new challenge. And our Facebook Slip Support Station is there

March 4th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich. — Muhammad Ali

Fast from any anger. Go out of your way to not respond to a person who angers you or tries your patience.
Pray to the Holy Spirit for patience in dealing with that person.
Give an act of kindness or do something nice for that person.
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

March 3rd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
When the solution is simple, God is answering.— Albert Einstein

Fast from drinking between meals.
Pray for those who have no access to pure drinking water.
Give… my means or time to an organization that works to provide access to clean water to the Third World, or donate the money you saved today by not drinking 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:

March 2nd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

DIGITAL FAST! Consciously reduce your use of an electronic device (cell phone, internet etc.) today by 25%.
Pray for people who don’t have access to electricity and other technologies that makes our lives easier. (1.6 billion people have no access to electricity. Approximately 400 million depend on kerosene for lighting, putting almost six million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.)
Give… the time you don’t spend using your electronic device today to talk with someone who’s important and special in your

March 1st, 2009

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Lenten Fact
In the early days of Christianity, Lent was a 40-day retreat to purify their body and spirit for those preparing for baptism at Easter. Since there was no practice of ritual infant baptism, this is how people entered the Church.
With the emergence of infant baptism and confirmation, this link between baptism and Lent was largely lost. The purification processes of Lent expanded to all Christians — both to support the new converts and to reaffirm and fortify their own faith.
Gradually, the link was further broken to the point where many people see Lent as nothing but abstinence from one or two beloved foods, rather than as a period of purification of the spirit.
In 1972,…

February 28th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode.— Henry David Thoreau

Fast from a treat.
Pray for those whose basic sustenance is not being met, around the world or in your town. (The World Health Organization estimates that one third of the world is well fed, one third is underfed and one third is starving. Every 3.6 seconds, someone on our planet dies of hunger.)
Give… the money you save in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you 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

February 27th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.— Benjamin Franklin

Fast from complaining about your job and all that weighs you down about hard work.
Pray for those who are unemployed and pray in thanksgiving for your gainful employment. (NOTE: If you are out of work, take a minute today to reflect on what you still have to be grateful for.)
Give some of your time to someone you know who is out of work or… put two dollars in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you 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

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