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May 6th, 2014

Busted Halo’s introduction to the Sacraments 101 video series continues as Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, answers more questions about getting married in the Catholic Church: Can we have a destination wedding? What kind of music can we use? What if we’re already living together? What if we’re divorced?
These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 201,” a web video series geared toward those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.
To download this video go here and click the download arrow or choose save or download.…

April 30th, 2014

Happy May and May Day! Summer is fast approaching and with it (hopefully) warmer weather for all. This month we remember especially Cinco de Mayo, Mother’s Day, Our Lady of Fatima, Memorial Day, the Ascension and the Visitation.

April 29th, 2014

Busted Halo’s introduction to the Sacraments 101 video series continues as Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, answers more questions about what Catholics believe about the Eucharist and receiving Communion: How does the bread and wine become the body and blood of Christ? Is Communion a reenactment of the last supper? Should you not receive Communion if you have sinned? Why can’t non-Catholics receive Communion in the Church?


These questions and more are answered in this edition of “Sacraments 201,” a web video series geared toward those who’d like an introduction or refresher course on these important, tangible Catholic experiences of God.
To download this video go here and …

April 26th, 2014

You might have heard — Popes John Paul II and John XXIII will be declared saints this weekend. Have you ever wondered about the steps to canonization — that is, being named a saint by the Catholic Church? Who is eligible? What happens on the way to being named a saint? Aren’t there miracles involved?

We answer all those questions and more in this saint-filled video.

One of the interesting things about the saints is that many of them were imperfect people. They sinned. They experienced doubt. For many saints, the turnaround in their lives was gradual — it did not necessarily come in one big moment of clarity.

That might sound a lot like your own spiritual journey. When you really think about it, we’re all “saints in the making” and examples of canonized Saints of the Church can help us along our way.

How can you follow the example of the saints in your own life? Watch this video, learn more about Catholic Saints here at Busted Halo, and be open to what the saints can teach you about your spiritual journey today.

April 24th, 2014
Animated .gifs for the first 8 days of Easter

Easter is more than one day — it’s an entire season of the Church year that begins with the Easter Octave. The gospel readings during the Octave include some of the most beautiful passages of scripture from the time after Jesus’ resurrection and his first encounters with his friends and disciples. These readings remind us of the importance of Jesus’ resurrection and the power of his ministry here on earth. Jesus appeared to his friends & disciples that they might continue to share the Good News in word and deed with everyone they would meet.
To view a single day’s animation just click on that day’s image.

April 22nd, 2014
A personal retreat for Earth Day in appreciation of creation

Looking for a way to celebrate Earth Day this year? Try Busted Halo’s® Virtual Earth Day Retreat and spend some time reflecting on the spiritual meaning of creation in our lives. Download the retreat (if you print it — print on both sides of the paper!) by clicking the image below. Take a few minutes out of your day — at your desk, on your lunch break, between classes — and grow an even deeper appreciation for all God’s creation. Happy Earth Day!

April 18th, 2014
Presenting the traditional devotion in a virtual way to help you reflect on the mystery of Jesus’ death and what it still means to us today

Busted Halo has created a series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.

April 15th, 2014

Our writers invite you along on their journeys through Lent. Follow the play-by-play of their personal spiritual practices and share your own.…

April 10th, 2014

Want to know why Catholics wave palms on Palm Sunday; wash each other’s feet on Holy Thursday; or kiss the cross on Good Friday? Look no further than Busted Halo’s® two-minute video that describes the final week of Lent we spend preparing for Easter.

April 7th, 2014
Videos from CRS' Rice Bowl Program share young adult's Lenten experiences

CRS Rice Bowl. You might read those words, click on the link, and think that you’re headed toward a tasty recipe on Pinterest. Or a trendy new restaurant. No, not quite.
CRS stands for Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS Rice Bowl is a way to dedicate Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help those in need. A CRS Rice Bowl is actually a small cardboard box (rice bowl) where you collect your gifts. Through giving, daily reflections, weekly prayers, meatless recipes, a mobile app and stories of hope from around the world, CRS Rice Bowl engages people — body, mind and soul — in Lenten sacrifice.
This year, CRS Rice…

April 1st, 2014

It’s April already and though the first day of the month is a time for practical jokes, things get a little more solemn later on as we head into Holy Week. Also, spring is finally here and if you’re looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd, look no further than the Busted Halo® Virtual Retreat.

April 1st, 2014

The news straight from the Vatican earlier this morning is that Busted Halo’s® own Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, has been named a Roman Catholic cardinal. While it’s rare in modern times for a priest who is not a bishop to become a cardinal, it’s not unheard of. Asked how he felt about this great honor, newly named Steven Cardinal Bell exclaimed, “Amen!”…

March 20th, 2014

It seems as though the old adage is true and actions do indeed speak louder than words. Pope Francis’s deed of washing, drying and kissing the feet of 12 inmates last year on Holy Thursday has edged out his famous “Who am I to judge?” quote to become the official winner of Francis Madness. Thanks for participating. If you still feel a little Francis fever, feel free to continue down memory lane by clicking here to review the first round of Francis Madness that includes a short description of each of these wonderful words and works.
And to see the results and stats of all the match-ups, just scroll below here under the bracket to see how the quotes, acts and deeds all fared against each other…
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March 19th, 2014

We’re down to a quote and a deed facing off in the final voting of everyone’s favorite Francis moment. What’s funny about these two is when… they happened in Pope Francis’ first year. The washing of the feet happened on Holy Thursday of last year, March 28, only two weeks after Francis became pope! Did you ever start a new job and within two weeks perform your duties so spectacularly that you got everyone talking? Four months to the day later, Francis gave his famous unscripted press conference on July 28, uttering the words, “Who am I to judge?” Words that since have been on everyone’s minds. Words and deeds to live by indeed, but which one will win Pope Francis Madness?

March 18th, 2014

We’ve reached the final four favorite moments of Francis Madness and it’s no surprise that the top 4 seeds made it here. This whole contest was a fun look back at Pope Francis’ best public moments of his first year, and these are four of the best. A simple yet mind-blowing statement of non-judgement during his famous unscripted airplane press conference; two big public showings of love and mercy; a fun, candid moment between himself and a little child: it’d be safe to venture that at least one of these things come to most people’s minds when you ask them about the pope’s first year.
Scroll down below the bracket to begin voting…
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When Pope Francis said: …“If

March 17th, 2014

It’s St. Patrick’s Day and Round 3 of Francis Madness begins now and runs through tomorrow morning. We’re down to 8 of our favorite moments, which ones will advance to the final four?
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When Pope Francis said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

When Pope Francis compared the Church to a field hospital after battle: “It is useless to ask a seriously injured person if he has high cholesterol…you have to heal his wounds. Then we can talk about everything else. Heal the wounds.”

When Pope Francis embraced a man disfigured by neurofibromatosis.

When Pope…

March 14th, 2014

It’s time for Round 2 of Francis Madness and though there were no big surprises in Round 1 with the 4 top seeds advancing, we did find it a little shocking that (at least in the Quotes region) voters preferred noise, healing and the homeless to sinners, atheists and women. We were also a little sad to see that Mini-Me Pope didn’t make the cut.
Voting for Round 2 begins now and continues through the weekend until Monday morning. Scroll down below the bracket to begin voting…
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When Pope Francis said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

At World Youth Day when Pope Francis said: …“I would like us to make noise…I want the

March 13th, 2014
Three young adults share how Pope Francis has inspired them to deepen their faith

Marcee Treadway Hinds
Mobile, Alabama

I actually met with my parish priest about entering RCIA classes and having my daughter baptized just weeks after Pope Francis was elected. As someone who longed to fully enter the Church, in a way I feel like I was called back at an amazing time.
Pope Francis has, for me, been a guiding light in this journey. Every morning on my way to work I listen to the Catholic Channel’s broadcast of daily Mass from St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City. On most days, Mass is followed by a segment that features an English translation of Pope Francis’ homily. When Pope Francis speaks, I carry his message with me throughout the day.
As someone with a semi-Catholic upbringing (I was baptized…

March 12th, 2014

Just in time for Pope Francis’ one year anniversary as pope and the madness of march, we’re presenting you with a bracket to determine your very favorite moment from Francis’ first year. Which one will ultimately be voted the favorite? Voting begins now and Round 1 continues through Friday morning. Scroll down below the bracket to begin voting.
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When Pope Francis said: “If someone is gay and he searches for the Lord and has good will, who am I to judge?”

When Pope Francis said to Superiors General of religious orders: …“We must form their [seminary students'] hearts. Otherwise we create little monsters. And then these little monsters mold the people of God. This

March 7th, 2014
Busted Halo's® Annual Ash Wednesday Challenge and Photo Contest

Thank you for entering your photos in the Show Us Your Ash Photo Contest! Here are the winners — selected from the photos that received the most votes in the contest:

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