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June 25th, 2014

St. Peter and St. Paul are two of the most well known saints, and are often spoken of as the two men most responsible for spreading the Christian message in the days of the early church.
As to why they are celebrated on the same day, legend has it that they were executed on the same day under the command of the Emperor Nero and buried in Rome. (Although historical accounts cite Peter being martyred in 64 AD and Paul in 67 AD.)
Because of his Roman citizenship, St. Paul was beheaded. St. Peter was reportedly crucified upside down because he said he was not worthy to be sacrificed in the same manner as Christ.
On June 29 the Church celebrates the feast day of both men, and as early as 258 AD, there is evidence of an already-lengthy…

June 24th, 2014

While we are looking for common ground with followers of other religions, it is also good to be aware of and not overlook the differences. The differences between us will not disappear — they make us who we are. But so does what we share, and those similarities are deeply important for the future of humanity.
There are five key differences between Judaism and Catholicism:
Incarnation: The big difference is what Christian theology calls “the Incarnation,” or the “enfleshment” of God as one of us in the person of Jesus of Nazareth.
The Trinity:… Closely related to this is the revelation of God as a community of relations in the Christian tradition — Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Jews believe in

June 23rd, 2014

Recently, I met with a very successful businessman who said he had a huge problem with some of what he heard from the pulpit in his local parish. He said that if he followed the directives of his local pastor, his business would go under in no time from not seeking high profits or not retaining a high level of competition. He then asked me if there might be a balance between the social justice principles of our faith and competition in the world of business.
The key to just business practices is to be centered on avoiding greed, not avoiding competition. A good question to ask is, What does a successful business model look like? Defining success does not mean that we have to crush the competition, but we certainly want to achieve…

June 22nd, 2014

Take a break from your studies today. Go to Mass and then go have a little fun.…

June 21st, 2014

Yes! Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, has the answers to your marriage questions in Busted Halo’s new video — “Sacraments 201: Matrimony (more questions answered).” We cover destination weddings, ceremony music, and much more. If you’re planning a Catholic wedding — or might be one day — check out this video to help you prepare.…

June 20th, 2014

After the recent storm, I haven’t been the same. I feel like everything is crashing down on me, and I am feeling a lack of faith. Any suggestions?
It sounds like you’ve been jolted or shaken by a recent event. Whether it’s a storm driven by the weather or other life events, we understand your feelings of losing faith. Stress, anxiety, and the emotions that accompany crisis are often described as feeling like giant waves crashing around you. In this Busted Halo® Virtual Retreat, Kristin Witte from Catholic Relief Services offers five steps for praying when you feel overwhelmed by life’s storms.

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June 19th, 2014

You can learn more about the saints in this “You Don’t Know Jack About Saints” video from our very own saint in the making, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP.…

June 18th, 2014

Check out the answers to today’s question in this handy at-a-glance resource. Download it and take it to Mass with you!

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June 17th, 2014
Two years in a row huge crowds have descended upon Rio de Janeiro to celebrate faith (2013) and soccer (now). Can you tell the difference?

It is happening again. Nearly a year after Rio de Janeiro hosted World Youth Day, millions of screaming, face-painted, flag-waving fanatics have flocked to Brazil to fill up the streets and stadiums and make some noise. But this time it’s not the Catholic faith or Pope Francis inciting these pilgrims, but rather their love of a sport and the likes of Ronaldo, Suarez and Messi motivating them as they journey to worship at the altar of soccer, or as they call it all over the rest of the world, football, for the World Cup 2014. Noting the similarities in dress code and nationalistic pride between the two groups of pilgrims (or disciples, zealots, or supporters, depending on which vernacular you prefer…

June 17th, 2014

Buddhism refers to a variety of traditions — Theravada, Mahayana, and Vajrayana — whose source point was in Northern India 2,500 years ago. Buddhism, like Christianity, comes from the name of its founder, Buddha, or “awakened one,” as Siddhartha Gautama was called. A primary difference between the two religions is that the Buddha remained silent on the question of God, whose existence, he felt, could not be proved. So, he chose to focus his energies on what no one could deny: the presence of suffering.
This led to the Four Noble Truths: 1) All life is suffering. 2) The cause of suffering is desire. 3) To reduce your suffering, decrease your desire. 4) Use the Eightfold Path to end suffering.
By recognizing…

June 16th, 2014

You’ve heard it constantly at the lunch table. Who is being tapped for the big promotion and who is jealous about it? Who is having an affair with their administrative assistant? Who is going through a bitter divorce? Who is a former drug addict? And so on …
Gossip and backbiting can be the fruits of an unhealthy workplace. There’s no place for it in a professional environment. The question is: What to do about it? Here are five tips for avoiding and dealing with gossip in the workplace:

Notice when gossip happens and how it affects you.… There’s a difference between gossip and venting to a trusted colleague or a mentor, but often the lines can get murky if one is not careful. Gossip is hurtful

June 15th, 2014

Time for a quick and fun Music 101. Go to Mass and then watch this video that connects a medieval chant with many things pop culture (including Star Wars and the Exorcist…).

June 14th, 2014

Full question: I commit the same sins over and over, and I feel bad going to confession when it is most likely I will commit the same sin. How do I say I will not sin again when I feel inside I will sin again? Am I using confession as a excuse to sin knowing I can confess and be forgiven?…
All of us have weaknesses and our sins are consequences of that. No one is perfect, and usually many of our sins are things that continue to trip us up time and time again.
That said, while we have this tendency toward some particular sin, we also need to attempt to get over this. Our efforts here must be true attempts to get past our sin, to get underneath the tendency, and to make a true attempt to stop the behavior.
Again, none of this is easy and therefore

June 13th, 2014

Try using Busted Halo’s Virtual Father’s Day Retreat to honor your father this year. This opportunity for conversation and reflection will be just the kind of quality time that dad is looking forward to. Whether near or far, this virtual retreat will help you feel connected to your father this Father’s Day.…

June 12th, 2014

Busted Halo’s Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, will answer that question for you in this video about St. Christina the Astonishing.…

June 11th, 2014

Excellent question considering Trinity Sunday is this weekend! We have the facts for you in this downloadable at-a-glance resource.

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June 10th, 2014

There is more unity than difference in the way Catholics and Lutherans understand and celebrate communion. In fact, since the Second Vatican Council there has been a “coming together” of these different Christian Churches with respect to communion.
In dialogues between Lutheran and Catholic theologians in 1968, Lutherans agreed that the celebration of the Eucharist involves a sacrifice of praise and self-offering that unites the believer with the sacrifice of Christ. At the same time, Catholics joined Lutherans in affirming that the sacrifice of the cross was a unique, one-time event that is not “repeated” in the celebration of the Eucharist. Both Lutherans and Catholics affirmed that in the…

June 9th, 2014

When we think of the phrase “faith at work,” some conventional images might come to mind: a priest or nun caring for the poor, a religion teacher explaining the faith. But we don’t need to have an openly religious job for our faith to be relevant. Any honest and upright work is holy, and an opportunity to grow closer to God. As Pope John Paul II once reminded us, Jesus himself worked as a carpenter, and “Through their work, people share in the Creator’s work.”
Here are a few ways to keep faith in the picture at your job:
Start with a prayer. Before your day begins, take a few moments to ask God to guide you through the day. Here’s a simple prayer you could try: Guide my hands, God, to work as You would…

June 8th, 2014

Take a break from your studies today. Go to Mass and then turn up the music and have your own private dance party!…

June 7th, 2014

We answer that question and more in our new video — “Sacraments 201: Eucharist (what we believe).”…

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