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December 17th, 2013
Add your comments to our virtual card for the Holy Father

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday, and even though we weren’t the only ones with this idea, we thought it’d be fun to write our thoughts down for him and ask you to share yours as well.

To open our card and see what we’ve written to Pope Francis, just click on the card. Then, add your own blessings, well wishes and birthday greetings to the Holy Father in the comments section below.

December 16th, 2013

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Busted Halo® is giving you an early Christmas present this year: a bracket contest where you get to listen to, decide and vote on which Christmas song you think is best. It was hard narrowing it down to just 32 selections since there are so many songs out there, not to mention honing them down to some of our favorite versions from some of our favorite artists. What we ended up with is a great mix of classics, religious, more modern, and a miscellaneous category that we just ended up calling “zany”. So take some time to listen and compare, and then cast your vote in this first round to begin decorating the Christmas tree with the best Christmas songs.
(Note: Many of these songs require you to sign …

December 6th, 2013

Advent is a precious time in the Christian calendar. The four weeks leading up to December 25 are meant to be a period of expectant waiting, as we prepare ourselves for the miraculous arrival of our Savior and his gifts of love, hope, joy, and peace.

The reality for most of us, though, is that these are anxious weeks of shopping and holiday planning leading up to a hectic Christmas Day. In the bustle of the holiday season, it’s hard to remember what we’re waiting for. Busted Halo’s 2013 Advent Surprise Calendar is here to help with that…

December 5th, 2013
We ask a question that rolls around in a lot of people’s minds about Catholic priests not being allowed to marry

In the Catholic Church where clergy are celibate, the question comes up in discussion from time to time: Should priests be allowed to marry? Even an official at the Vatican is talking about it.
What would be the implications for the priesthood and local parishes?
We turned to some Busted Halo® friends for their opinions. Here’s what they had to say:
 
Steven Bell, CSP
I remember having my first conversation with a spiritual director about celibacy. As much as celibacy is considered in priestly circles as a “gift” that is so countercultural to the way many societies work, how does one find the impetus, rationale and energy to sustain it? My spiritual director offered the answer that works for…

December 3rd, 2013

Christmas is coming and Busted Halo longtime friend Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, hits the streets (and the local ice skating rink) to ask people what they know about that anticipatory season of waiting and preparation… Advent.

November 30th, 2013

The last month of the year already!
Here’s our December desktop image keeping you informed of all the dates you need to know as you journey through Advent. Remember, Advent is a time of hope and anticipation and patience. In addition to this wallpaper, we encourage you to use some of Busted Halo®‘s other tools to keep you focused on the season:

- the 2013 Advent Surprise Calendar
- Advent in 2 Minutes (video)
- You Don’t Know Jack!…About Advent (video)
- St. Nicholas is Comin’ to Town
- You Don’t Know Jack!…About the Immaculate Conception (video)
The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, as well as mobile devices. Download…

November 27th, 2013

Thank you for sharing your stories of gratitude with us this month. They were reminders to us of how important it is to celebrate gratitude not only on one day, but throughout the year. It was truly a pleasure to read through the submissions — and difficult to pick winners!
We haves selected the following seven stories to share with you. We hope you enjoy them as much as we did.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Lauren Stark from Hawthorn Woods, Illinois (and Spain)
What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?

I had been in Spain for two days, and I was ready to go home. The problem was I still had 108 days to go. I was convinced that I’d never feel comfortable during my semester abroad. The food was new, the language was new, the

November 20th, 2013
Share your stories of gratitude -- now through November 22

Thanksgiving is just around the corner. It’s a day when we celebrate the things we are thankful for — life, family, and material and spiritual blessings. At the heart of our turkey dinners and family gatherings are expressions of gratitude. This year, we want to invite you — our readers — to air your attitudes of gratitude and submit (short) stories of thanksgiving. Here are three “thankful” writing prompts:

What are you grateful for this Thanksgiving?
Why is it so important to celebrate gratitude?
What’s your favorite Thanksgiving memory?

Send us your submission (guidelines below) by November 22, 2013, and you could have it published Thanksgiving Day at www.BustedHalo.com…

November 1st, 2013

Thank you for entering your photos in The Great Busted Halo-ween Photo Contest! Here are the winners — selected from the 10 photos that received the most votes in the contest:
First Prize: Fr. Louie, OSB, from @SandeeKremers via Twitter
Second Prize: “We’re off to see the Wizard…” from Denise via Facebook
Third Prize: Saint Agatha from @Kmeder via Instagram
If you don’t already, follow BustedHaloPhoto on Instagram. Stay tuned for our next photo contest. Now, back to your regularly scheduled Halloween candy eating!

November 1st, 2013

November seems to be a month for reflection as we begin by remembering all the saints and souls that have gone before us and end the month (in the U.S., anyway) with a day of thanksgiving. Use these days for your own reflection, remembrance and thanksgiving.
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.
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October 30th, 2013

Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, makes his video debut (and eats a lot of sausage and peppers) while celebrating the San Gennaro Festival in New York’s Little Italy. The festival, which celebrates the patron saint of the people of Naples, is well known as one of the largest religious street festivals in the United States. 
San Gennaro, a.k.a. St. Januarius, was an Italian bishop martyred in 305 AD.  His remains were brought back to Naples, where he was celebrated for his faithfulness.  When the Napoli people immigrated to New York in 1926, they continued the celebration, which has expanded from a simple afternoon event into what is now an 11-day-long festival of food, fellowship and fun (and once again, a lot of food.)…

October 30th, 2013

Jack is back, this time hitting the streets of New York City’s East Village to find out what people know about the saints. Are they all perfect people? Do they have to be Catholic? What are their best qualities? Follow our friend and colleague, Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, as he journeys the city to find out what people know.

October 12th, 2013

After six long days witnessing intense competition between 32 of the most ferocious, yet lovable, school mascots, Catholic Mascotology ends with a clear winner rising in victory above the rest. “Petey,” the Canisius College Golden Griffin, claims the title of Best Catholic Mascot.

October 11th, 2013

We’ve arrived at the final day and at the final two mascots who will go head-to-head for approximately the next 24 hours to see which one is truly the Best Catholic Mascot.

October 10th, 2013

Vote today in the Final Four of Catholic Mascotology! Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot.

October 9th, 2013

Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot. Today’s bracket features the 8 remaining school mascots all competing for the top prize.

October 9th, 2013
Different opinions on the controversial new burger topped with a communion wafer

Who doesn’t like a good burger? Well — that depends on who you ask and in this case, what the toppings are. A Chicago restaurant called Kuma’s Corner is serving up a new menu item this month called a “Ghost Burger.” It’s a 10-ounce patty topped with an unconsecrated communion wafer and red wine reduction sauce. Sounds a little bit like…Hey wait a minute! The burger was created to honor the Swedish band Ghost and has stirred up some controversy. Louis Sullivan, Busted Halo Intern and Contributor, and Fr. Steven Bell, CSP, Busted Halo Associate Director, weigh in on the question: Is Kuma’s Corner Ghost Burger offensive?
Louis Sullivan:… Personally, I don’t have a problem with the Ghost

October 8th, 2013

Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot. Today’s bracket features 16 remaining school mascots all competing for the top prize.

October 7th, 2013

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Busted Halo® is celebrating the new school year with our latest Catholic bracket: Catholic Mascotology — a contest to determine which Catholic school has the best mascot. This bracket features a total of 32 school mascots all competing for the top prize. Though it’s a little Jesuit-heavy with 17 S.J. schools featured (c’mon, they founded a lot!), Catholic Mascotology… also includes diocesan, Dominican, Franciscan, Vincentian, Augustinian, Marianist, Marist, and many other types of colleges and universities, as well as a variety of different animal and creature representations. There are 10 humanoids, 7 canines, 5 birds, 1 feline, and an assortment of others including

October 1st, 2013

The scariest month of the year is upon us, but before we get to Halloween there are many sacred and saintly celebrations to remember, including the feasts of St. Francis of Assisi, St. Teresa of Avila, St. Luke and Our Lady of the Rosary. Additionally, did you realize that today is World Vegetarian Day? Use our latest desktop image to remember all these and more important dates this October.
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 …

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