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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?
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 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:

March 4th, 2014

 
Traditionally, Lent was a time for personal conversion leading up to Easter, during which Christians practiced the spiritual disciplines of fasting, praying and almsgiving to strip away all that is unnecessary and become more mindful of their ultimate dependence on God. Let’s recapture the true meaning of Lent in ways that are actually relevant to your life. Each day throughout Lent, starting on Ash Wednesday, the calendar’s link for that day will become active, revealing a Daily Jolt for spiritual contemplation relating to Lent, and new and practical ideas for fasting, prayer and almsgiving.
This year you can enter our Lent Contest EVERY DAY and be placed in a random drawing to win…

March 3rd, 2014
A brief illustration of what the day is all about

Looking for a quick way to explain Ash Wednesday to your friends? Look no further than Busted Halo’s® two-minute video that describes the day which begins the season of Lent, and why Catholics and many Christians receive ashes on their foreheads.

March 1st, 2014

February 28th, 2014
Churches will be packed on Ash Wednesday -- Let Busted Halo® help you keep folks coming back!

We are a few short weeks away from the beginning of Lent — a time when we’ve seen people in their 20s–30s pay particular attention to their spiritual lives. On Ash Wednesday, tens of thousands of young adults who do not regularly attend church will come to receive ashes and take a step toward deepening their faith.
What happens to them the following Sunday? And the weeks after that?
As young adults make a turn in their spiritual journey toward your church on Ash Wednesday, download, print and share this invitation (PDF below) to deepen their relationship with God. We’ve made a color and a black and white version available below for downloading. You can personalize the sheet with your parish information…

February 14th, 2014

February 14th — why is it known as Valentine’s Day? Why do those in love send each other valentines? And what feast does the Catholic Church celebrate on this day? Think you know the answers? Think again, because the truth is a lot more surprising than you’d imagine. Watch friend of Busted Halo, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, wander the streets of New York asking the city’s star-crossed lovers if they know why we celebrate Valentine’s Day.

January 31st, 2014

Brrrrrr! It’s cold this winter, so we’ve chosen an appropriate snow-covered image for this year’s February wallpaper that includes a lot of (weather-related) days to look forward to.
Of course, Sunday is the Big Game day, but it’s also Groundhog Day, when the shadow of a common earth rodent (basically a large squirrel) determines if we’ll have another six weeks of this cold nonsense or not.
Don’t forget about the Feast of St. Blaise on February 3 — if you’re under the weather or have had to miss work (like some of us unfortunately have,) you should be looking forward to this saint’s feast day where you can head to your local Catholic church and receive a special…

January 1st, 2014
A Christmas surprise for the next 12 days!

January 1st, 2014

Happy New Year!
It’s the first day of 2014 and time for our latest desktop, keeping you in the know about all the important spiritual days in January — one of the most important being January 1st. No, not New Year’s Day, it’s the holy day of obligation celebrating Mary the Mother of God.
Have a great January, and a great year.

The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, as well as mobile devices. Download the files directly below, mark your calendar, and enjoy this easy way to stay aware of important feasts and holy days heading your way.
Download:
16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · mobile [640 x 1136]…

December 30th, 2013

As we look back over 2013, we’re reminded of all of the great stories, columns, blog posts, podcasts, brackets, and videos we’ve published.
Here are the editors’ picks for “Best of 2013.”
What was your favorite Busted Halo feature in 2013?

“Francis Is a Rock Star” by Michael O’Loughlin
Well, it’s official. Pope Francis is a hit. Esquire magazine, not exactly an outlet that praises the Catholic Church on a regular basis, highlighted some of the reasons why Francis is so “awesome”: “He has said that he believes priests should be ‘shepherds with the smell of the sheep’ and he is living that way.” (continue reading here)

“Living the Questions: A Twentysomething’s Battle…

December 23rd, 2013

Busted Halo’s® Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, gives you a preview of “A New York Christmas To Remember.” Three choirs, a 30-piece orchestra, Henson puppets, Regis Philbin, and more come together at The Church of St. Paul the Apostle in New York City for “A New York Christmas To Remember, which will air on CBS Christmas Eve at 11:35 p.m. Eastern. Tune in for a Christmas Eve service featuring beautiful music, personal reflections from church members, the reading of the Christmas Story by Regis Philbin, and the puppetry of Jane Henson. This is a joint production of The Church of Saint Paul the Apostle, Paulist Productions, and Scott Mirkin Productions. Be sure to tune in Christmas Eve!
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