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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

Return to the Lent calendar.

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

Return to the Lent calendar.

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

February 26th, 2009
...and we love you for it

We asked for your ash shots and you didn’t disappoint!
We may not have the sophisticated technology necessary to determine our readership demographics as precisely as we’d like, but at least we know you love your ash. Among the pics we received — the best of which are posted here — we found big ashes, small ashes, cockeyed ashes and perfect ashes. We got first time ash recipients and people who hadn’t received ashes in decades. Thanks to all those who hauled their ashes online and sent in their pics.
And the response to our Fast Pray Give Lent Calendar has been tremendous! The first few days have broken single day traffic records for Busted Halo and people seem to be telling their friends…

February 26th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for one minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give by going out of your way to offer a genuine compliment to someone you encounter and perform one small act of kindness.
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…
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend

February 25th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

At the start of Lent,… we take time to remind ourselves that life indeed is limited: that we will die.
We place ashes on our foreheads as a visible reminder to others that we know that our bodies will turn to ash one day, that life is indeed precarious, but that we are also a resurrection people.
We believe that more lies beyond this end, and so our ashes are marked by the sign of faith — the cross — at once a symbol of our God’s destruction and His greatest triumph.
We listen to the words that the priest or minister says to us as he places the ashes on our forehead: “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
What is it that holds us back from really living? What

February 24th, 2009
Busted Halo's Ash Wednesday Challenge

It’s an experience that any Catholic will understand. You decide that you’d like to stop by church on Ash Wednesday to get the obligatory ashes on your forehead and you get in line with everyone else who has had the same idea. While waiting, your mind begins to wander and you’re oblivious to all the people passing you by as they return from the altar. Eventually you get to be second or third in line and notice that the people just ahead of you are sporting ashes the size of billboards on their foreheads. Enormous, indeterminate blobs of soot now decorate their once spotless noggins as they return to their pews. Your heart begins to sink as you realize that you’re going to be forced to return to…

February 24th, 2009

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Lenten Fast Fact

The Tuesday before Ash Wednesday is called Shrove Tuesday, referring to the word “shrive” which means “to confess.”
In earlier times rich foods made from eggs, butter, or sugar were banned during Lent — dietary rules were much harsher than the simple meatless Fridays of today. For hundreds of years, the UK, Ireland, Australia and Canada have celebrated this “Pancake Tuesday” with rich and often sugary pancakes.

Fast Pray Give will begin on Wednesday. Check back then and every day after that for a daily plan throughout Lent.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Green Bible…
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and

February 23rd, 2009

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Lenten Fast Fact
Italians started the original tradition of “festive sinning” for three days before Ash Wednesday. These often took the form of debaucheries like fornicating in the street and continual drunkenness. In a sense, people were living the high life before the grind of 40 days of fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
A second thought is that some people felt they should do something to feel penitent about. The word “carnival” is misleading as to the origins of the feast, because in Italian “carnevale” means literally, “goodbye, meat.”

Fast Pray Give… will begin on Wednesday. Check back then and every day after that for a daily

February 17th, 2009
Busted Halo vs. America Magazine..."and the WINNER is"

As if last’s year’s drubbing on their Oscar podcast wasn’t enough, America magazine—the national Catholic weekly run by the Jesuits—asked to go head to head once again with BustedHalo.com’s editor-in-chief Bill McGarvey on this year’s Oscar race. America‘s resident Oscar snot-noses, Fr. Jim Martin SJ and associate editor Tim Reidy, tried valiantly to keep up with McGarvey in their discussion of this year’s Best Picture nominees: Milk, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Frost/Nixon, The Reader, and Slumdog Millionaire….
It should come as no surprise, however, that the twerps from 56th Street and Carnegie Hall were no match for the boy genius from Hell’s

January 4th, 2009
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December 25th, 2008
December 25, Christmas Day 2008

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And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.…

December 24th, 2008
Misa del Gallo

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Advent Fast Fact…
In Spanish, Midnight Mass is often referred to as Misa del Gallo (“Rooster’s Mass”).
Filipino custom is to go to mass at the crack of dawn — 4 or 5 a.m. — for nine straight days, December 16 through December 24.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius Men’s T-shirt + Sirius-XM Hat
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® using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight.
(We will, in turn, send them one email asking them to register for our Busted Halo® weekly email updates. We do not SPAM people nor do we share our email lists with any third

December 23rd, 2008
Making it comfy

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Advent Fast Fact…
In France, children would add one piece of straw each day to the manger, to create a comfy sleeping place for Jesus.
When they did this, they also would be expected to offer a prayer or good deed for the day.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
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® using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight.
(We will, in turn, send them one email asking them to register for our Busted Halo® weekly

December 22nd, 2008
Where Do Candy Canes Come From?

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Advent Fast Fact…

Q. True or False: Candy canes were originally made by a candy maker in the shape of a “J” with red stripes to represent the “stripes” of Jesus’ scourging?
A. False. Candy canes have very little religious origins other than the following: Straight white candy sticks and cookies were often used throughout the Christmas season, and placed on Christmas trees when Europeans started using Christmas trees.
Around 1670, at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, restless youngsters were attending ceremonies near the Christmas living creche scene. The choirmaster persuaded craftsmen to make sticks of candy bent at the end to represent shepherds’

December 21st, 2008
Benjamin Franklin

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OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is:
Kelsey D!!!
Keep coming back every day until Advent is over for daily prizes of books, t-shirts and Sirius swag, as well as opportunities for reflection, for action, for learning and for Charitable giving.

Advent Quotable…
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
— Benjamin Franklin

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
To win today’s prize: Give us your

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