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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).”…

June 6th, 2014

You have made an important connection between God and nature. It can be all too easy in our digital world to forget about the value of making a trek into God’s creation to get a better handle on our spiritual lives. Use Busted Halo’s Virtual Outdoor Retreat to examine your relationship with God and also understand God’s call to care for all of creation. Done on your own or as part of a group, this virtual retreat will leave you feeling refreshed and renewed.…

June 5th, 2014

Good question! This video will walk you through the process of how someone is declared a saint in the Catholic Church.…

June 4th, 2014

Pentecost is the celebration of the Holy Spirit descending upon the disciples after the death and resurrection of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is part of the Trinity — God the Father, Jesus the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
The Holy Spirit was meant to empower the disciples to share God’s love with others after Jesus’ death and resurrection. The Holy Spirit is present with us today for that same purpose — to be a source of inspiration, comfort, and an advocate on our faith journey.
Check out this two-minute video for more on Pentecost and the Holy Spirit.…

June 3rd, 2014

What is the difference between Roman Catholics and Episcopalians? I was once told, “All the ceremony and half the guilt,” but there must be more to it than that.…
Indeed, there is more to it than that, though your pithy line has some validity to it as far as it goes. A large part of the Episcopal Church (its styles vary from the simple to the elaborate, from Evangelical to Catholic) has retained rich and reverent ceremony as part of its Catholic heritage. Because Roman Catholics have a pope and bishops it’s often pretty clear who has teaching authority in the church. The Episcopalians’ hierarchy is less clear as they don’t have a figure like the pope at the head of their church.
Belief-wise, Episcopalians

June 2nd, 2014

In Mike Hayes’ work as a spiritual director, he often specializes in helping people find meaningful work. This slideshow is based on Mike’s insights and offers five quick tips for bringing you closer to how your gifts and talents can be used to honor God who gave you those gifts to begin with. Also, check out Mike’s book, Loving Work…, which will give you examples of people who have discerned their vocation well.

May 30th, 2014

GOOAALL!!!

It’s time once again for that big event we look forward to every four years…No, not Pentecost in June (though that coincides as well), it’s obviously time to get ready for soccer as the World Cup begins this month on June 12, hosted by Brazil…

May 29th, 2014
Class is in session! We’re answering questions about faith in the workplace, saints,
sacraments, and much more!

Over the next four weeks Busted Halo is headed into the classroom for a session of summer school. In the tradition of the Busted Halo Question Box, we’ll answer questions about the Sacraments, Catholic beliefs, Church teaching as it relates to modern living, and much more. You’ll be learning, doing a little homework (don’t worry — it won’t be too difficult), and digging deeper into your faith. This will probably lead to more questions!

Each day, that day’s link in the Summer School calendar will start working, leading to a question of faith and its answer. There’s also a form to submit your own question of faith, and each week during Summer School we will give away an Amazon Kindle to the person who submits the best question of faith, as determined by the Busted Halo staff.

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