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August 1st, 2014

Although some schools and universities still begin their school year in September, most students and teachers out there find themselves a little bit melancholy when August rolls around, signally imminent “Back to School” days and their waning freedom. So this month we provide you a tranquil image (St. Peter’s Church bell tower in Perugia, Italy) to keep you calm during your last few weeks of summer vacation. The Transfiguration and the Assumption are the big holy days of this month, of course.
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July 7th, 2014

While vacationing in Las Vegas, Busted Halo’s own Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, decides to hit the strip and ask people what they know and think about that topic everyone associates with Vegas … sin.…

July 2nd, 2014
Snap a #BHsummerphoto, upload it to Instagram, win a prize!

Busted Halo® is having a Summer Photo Challenge. Spend the month of July on a photo journey for the heart and mind. Plus, when you share your pictures of summer fun, you’ll have a chance to win a weekly prize — a Busted Halo® tote bag full of goodies!
How do you participate?

Download and save the schedule of themes (below). Right-click or control-click here to download the schedule.
Share our 2014 Summer Photo Challenge image (below) on Instagram so we know you are participating! Right-click or control-click here to download the Instagram image.
Take a pic following our theme of the day and post it to Instagram, tagging #BHsummerphoto and @bustedhalophoto on all your posts!
If you’re not on Instagram,…

July 2nd, 2014

Watch this video and take a virtual tour to and through some other famous Catholic sites around the world.

July 1st, 2014

July 4 is headed our way, but instead of taking the typical route of fireworks or American flags, we decided to put St. Kateri Tekakwitha front and center on our wallpaper this month. Not only is it her feast day on the 14th, but she is the first Native American saint to be canonized (back in 2012 by Pope Benedict).
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The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, mobile devices and a Facebook cover photo. Download the files directly above and enjoy this easy way to stay aware of important feasts and holy days heading your way.…

June 27th, 2014

Try Busted Halo’s Virtual Transitions Retreat and spend some time reflecting on the spiritual meaning of transitions in our lives. It will help you recognize God’s presence in the midst of change. Good luck with your upcoming move!

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June 26th, 2014

The Society of Missionaries of Africa began preaching in Buganda in the late 1870s. Their stay would be brief, but long enough to attract a young Charles Lwanga, a pagan up to then. When King Mwanga II ascended the throne in 1884, Lwanga joined the royal court as a page. Well-liked, he quickly rose the ranks to become one of the chief pages.
The king began to view Christianity as a political threat. The missionaries had redeemed a few too many slaves. And when several young pages and members of his harem (who had converted) started resisting his sexual advances, King Mwanga thought it had gone too far! So, in 1885, he decided to whip these new converts into line.
Several Anglican missionaries, including a bishop, were…

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

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