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November 6th, 2012

Thanks to everyone for your entries into #Haloween2012 — the Busted Halo-ween Costume Contest!
Here are the contest winners:
You can see more entries on our Twitter page: www.twitter.com/bustedhalo.…

November 5th, 2012

Voting is important. And when elections roll around, there’s always a lot for voters to consider. Different issues are important to different people. However, the Church has never advocated its members to vote for a particular candidate or vote solely on one issue. In fact, Catholics are never single-issue voters. As Catholics our faith helps us sort out the many complicated issues facing us during election years and leads us to an informed decision about which candidate to vote for.
This Busted Halo original video looks at the U.S. Bishops’ guide to Faithful Citizenship – teachings on issues that are important to the Church. As a people of faith, it’s important that we remember…

October 31st, 2012
Busted Halo-ween Costume Contest!

Are you dressing up as one of the Avengers this year? Do you make the scariest Dracula or spooky saint on the block? Are your kids the cutest pumpkins at school? Break out your best costume for the first ever Busted Halo-ween Costume Contest!
The tradition of wearing costumes on All Hallow’s Eve (Halloween) has its earliest origins in 19th century Scotland. Children went door to door in guises on that day offering entertainment in exchange for various gifts (similar to our custom of trick-or-treating today). Show us how you celebrate this tradition by sending us photos of your best Halloween costumes!
Here’s what you do:
#1 Tweet us @BustedHalo… with a photo of you, friends, or family members (this includes pets!)

October 28th, 2012

Fr. Jack Collins, CSP, hits the streets of New York City’s scary Greenwich Village, asking young adults what they know about the origins of Halloween — how it began, why people wear costumes, and the two Catholic holidays surrounding All Hallow’s Eve.

July 25th, 2012

Alex’s Pick: “You’re Turning Into John Wayne” by Twin Atlantic
Twin Atlantic is an alternative rock quartet hailing from mighty Scotland. At first listen the song seems like an attack on American culture, when in fact the group is preaching a much different message. The band speaks about staying true to where you came from and not imitating something else — “Now here’s a great Scottish theory / Have you lost your latitude and longitude?”… This message is reflected in the music video as well. The band had just been signed to a major label and was being sent to America to tour for a year. In the video, they are trapped inside of a display window — an act for everyone

June 29th, 2012

St. Ignatius of Loyola is a great saint for our busy and over-scheduled lives. His first followers ran into the problem of not being able to pray often throughout the day. So, St. Ignatius recommended a practice called the Examen — an introspective prayer done at the end of the day. Here are some simple steps to help you get started. You should also check out Phil Fox Rose’s What Works column on the Examen.
Right-click or control-click (depending on your system) here to download a printable PDF of these 6 Simple Steps.…

June 25th, 2012

According to a survey by Forbes.com, an estimated 20 million pilgrims visit the shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City every year. And though this is the most popular site, it certainly isn’t the only one. Watch this video and take a virtual tour to and through some other famous Catholic sites around the world.…

June 24th, 2012

Take a break from your studies today.
Go to Mass and then enjoy some classic tunes with some old friends.…

June 23rd, 2012

Holy Orders: This is a sacrament that expresses a person’s call to religious life. The ordination to the priesthood or diaconate commits a person for life to their calling to the people of God as a servant in both cases, but also as the “Alter Christus” (another Christ), who offers the sacrifice at mass on our behalf, in the case of the priesthood.

Marriage:… A man and a woman consecrate themselves to be committed to one another until parted by death in this sacrament. They promise to be true to each other, called to the unity that their love leads them into, and to procreate, to be open to children as a gift from God.

June 18th, 2012

Jesus did not ask Peter this question three times because he was hard of hearing or slow to comprehend Peter’s answers. Watch the video to find out the reason behind Jesus’ “Do you love me?” triple-questioning, as well as an overview of biblical numbers.…

June 17th, 2012

Take a break from your studies today.
Go to Mass and then go have a little fun, like these guys.…

June 16th, 2012

Reconciliation… is the first sacrament of healing. Because of our natural tendency to sin, we break our relationship or our connection with God, choosing other things in favor of that relationship. We need to repair that bond with God and with the Church through the Sacrament of Reconciliation, better known as confession. We tell our sins to a priest who absolves them and restores our relationship with God to wholeness again. God always forgives us — but sometimes we withhold reconciliation, or reconciliation isn’t possible (e.g. I can forgive my mother but I might not be able to reconcile with her because she’s dead.) So the sacrament of reconciliation does more than offer forgiveness. It

June 11th, 2012

When it comes time to elect a new pope, the College of Cardinals gets together to convene what is referred to as a papal conclave, during which they vote on who will become the next successor of St. Peter. Watch this video to find out more about what happens during the conclave and the ins and outs of the voting.…

June 10th, 2012

Take a break from your studies today.
Go to Mass, then go have a little fun by doing something adventurous like this guy.
(Warning! Don’t do this exact… thing — it seems pretty scary and dangerous.)

June 9th, 2012

If you’re a member of an organization, you may have had to go through certain initiation rites. These are rituals that help you learn about the organization, grow deeper in relationship with others in the group, and commit yourself to membership.
The Catholic Church has rituals of initiation as well — three sacraments that impart God’s grace on us in the early days of forming our commitment to the Church.

Baptism:… This is the first sacrament of initiation. Because we are not God, we have a weak human nature that is prone to sin. Being born into this condition is what we call Original Sin. So, we strive in baptism to name our weakness and free ourselves from the bonds of sin through the waters of baptism.

June 5th, 2012

Catholics are not fundamentalists. They do not consider the Bible to be a history book, a biography, and certainly not a science textbook. The Catholic Church gives credence to both sound scientific theory and religious interpretations of the origins of the world. Moreover, the church has often encouraged dialogue between science and religion. For example, the Vatican Observatory was designed to keep the church on the cutting edge of modern scientific thought. Fr. George Coyne, SJ, the former director of the observatory, tells us we need to be careful about defining religious belief as science: “Scientific evolution is the best scientific explanation we have of the aging of the universe and ourselves…

June 4th, 2012

Many Christians are surprised to learn that the Qur’an contains numerous references to Mary, and in fact the virginal conception of Jesus is a point of common ground between both Christianity and Islam.
Watch the video to find out more about how Islam portrays Mary.…

May 28th, 2012
Class is in session! We’re answering questions of faith about the Sacraments, Catholic beliefs, Church teaching as it relates to modern living, 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.

April 27th, 2012

Whether it’s a refresher course or an introduction, each of the “Sacraments 101″ videos gives you the basics about some aspect of one of the sacraments of the Catholic Church — in just a few minutes!…

March 17th, 2012
Do they know why they're celebrating?

At Busted Halo we believe everybody has a halo, some are just a little more busted than others.
This St. Patrick’s Day, we’re hitting the streets to see whose faith trivia halo is nicely polished, and whose is a little less shiny.
St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, and is the traditional religious feast day of St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland. The Irish have observed St. Patrick’s Day as a religious holiday for over a thousand years. On St. Patrick’s Day, Irish families would traditionally attend church in the morning and celebrate in the afternoon.
Today, people of all backgrounds around the world recognize St. Patrick’s Day, but even though they’re celebrating,…

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