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That’s what character is. It’s in the trying. — Coach Eric Taylor in the TV series Friday Night Lights

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Say hello to at least three people you don’t know today.



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October 28th, 2009

Reflect on the poem and what it means in your life.…

October 26th, 2009

Don’t feel silly; sing in public, or in private.…

December 24th, 2008
Misa del Gallo

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Advent Fast Fact…
In Spanish, Midnight Mass is often referred to as Misa del Gallo (“Rooster’s Mass”).
Filipino custom is to go to mass at the crack of dawn — 4 or 5 a.m. — for nine straight days, December 16 through December 24.

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December 23rd, 2008
Making it comfy

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Advent Fast Fact…
In France, children would add one piece of straw each day to the manger, to create a comfy sleeping place for Jesus.
When they did this, they also would be expected to offer a prayer or good deed for the day.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com® using the form below by 3 a.m. EST tonight.
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December 22nd, 2008
Where Do Candy Canes Come From?

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Advent Fast Fact…

Q. True or False: Candy canes were originally made by a candy maker in the shape of a “J” with red stripes to represent the “stripes” of Jesus’ scourging?
A. False. Candy canes have very little religious origins other than the following: Straight white candy sticks and cookies were often used throughout the Christmas season, and placed on Christmas trees when Europeans started using Christmas trees.
Around 1670, at the Cologne Cathedral in Germany, restless youngsters were attending ceremonies near the Christmas living creche scene. The choirmaster persuaded craftsmen to make sticks of candy bent at the end to represent shepherds’

December 21st, 2008
Benjamin Franklin

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OUR GRAND PRIZE WINNER of the Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio is:
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Keep coming back every day until Advent is over for daily prizes of books, t-shirts and Sirius swag, as well as opportunities for reflection, for action, for learning and for Charitable giving.

Advent Quotable…
A good conscience is a continual Christmas.
— Benjamin Franklin

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
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December 19th, 2008
Latkes

Advent Eating…

We unite with our Jewish brothers and sisters in anticipation of this weekend’s start of Hanukkah.
A great Jewish tradition is to make latkes (potato pancakes fried in oil) to commemorate that a small jar of oil, discovered at the cleansing of the Temple, miraculously kept the Temple light burning for eight days until additional oil was found.
From Arthur Schwartz, The Food Maven, foodmaven.com:

Traditional Potato Latkes…
There are two basic schools of thought on potato pancakes. Either the potatoes are grated very fine on a box grater (or chopped fine with the metal blade of the food processor) and result in pancakes that are thin and crisp-edged. Or, the potatoes are grated on the

December 18th, 2008
Calabrian pifferari

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Advent Fast Fact…
During Advent in Italy, Calabrian pifferari — bagpipers — play before shrines of Mary, the mother of Jesus.
This is based on a traditional Italian belief that when the shepherds came to the manger in Bethlehem they played music to pay homage to the infant Jesus.

Today’s Prize is: Dr. Christine B. Whelan’s new book, “Marry Smart: The Intelligent Woman’s Guide to True Love” + a Sirius Women’s T-shirt
This Friday, December 19, we will choose the winner of our grand prize: a Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month (6) subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio (a value of

December 17th, 2008
Children with torches

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Advent Fast Fact
In Normandy, during Advent children would run through the fields and orchards with torches and set fire to bundles of straw, to drive out vermin that would damage the crops.

Today’s Prize is: My Life with the Saints by James Martin, SJ
This Friday, December 19, we will choose the winner of our grand prize: a Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month (6) subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio (a value of over $200). Remember, all entries received for a daily prize through 3 a.m. EST December 20th will be eligible to win our random drawing for our grand prize. There is no limit to the number of times you can enter

December 16th, 2008
A Sign of Relief

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Surprising others this Christmas……

Like coffee?  Know someone else who does?  Buy a pound of fair-trade, organic, shade-grown coffee to support Contemplatives in Action, a New Orleans-based urban ministry and retreat experience.
 
“A Sign of Relief Blend” coffee benefits people in New Orleans still recovering from recent storms, as well as roasters from Americus, GA (Café Campesino) and coffee farmers in Mexico, Sumatra, Indonesia and Nicaragua. 
To purchase pounds of coffee for New Orleans churches and communities and for purchases of 5lbs. or more, call 504-376-5856 or email info@contemplativesinaction.org.
For other orders, go to cafecampesino.com.

December 15th, 2008
Harry Reasoner

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Advent Quotable…
So if a Christian is touched only once a year, the touching is still worth it, and maybe on some given Christmas, some quiet morning, the touch will take.

— Harry Reasoner

Today’s Prize is: Sirius Women’s T-shirt + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
This Friday, December 19, we will choose the winner of our grand prize: a Sirius Sportster 5 Satellite Radio with car and home installation kits as well as a free six-month (6) subscription to Sirius Satellite Radio (a value of over $200). Remember, all entries received for a daily prize through

December 14th, 2008
Gaudate Sunday

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Advent Fast Fact…
On the third Sunday of Advent — also known as “Gaudete Sunday” or “Rejoice Sunday” — the rose-pink candle is lit and the priest’s vestments are the same rose hue.
This Sunday begins a more joyous phase, as our waiting for the newborn Savior is nearly over.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius-XM Hat + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability) — Sirius pens, paperweights, key chains and mouse pads.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com® using the form below by 3 a.m.

December 13th, 2008
The Advent Images

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Advent Fast Fact
In England, an old Advent custom called for poor women to carry around the “Advent images” — two dolls dressed to represent Jesus and the Blessed Virgin Mary. A halfpenny was expected from anyone who encountered them. For those who refused, bad luck was to menace their household. And if you were not visited by the doll-bearers before Christmas Eve, a similar streak of bad luck was to befall you.

Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab Bag — Choose any book, DVD, or CD from our Halo Store (May include: Googling God, Mary and Me, Beautiful Mess (Bill McGarvey CD), Yoga Prayer DVD, or Isaac Hecker: An American Saint or Magnificat… Christmas Season prayer

December 12th, 2008
A Child, a Child, shivers in the cold...

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Surprising others this Christmas…

“A Child, a Child, shivers in the cold”…(from the Christmas carol “Do You Hear What I Hear?”)
Our Savior faced a cold night in a barn on that first Christmas; he was wrapped in swaddling clothes to keep warm and placed in a feeding trough for animals. There are children today who face similarly harsh winters and BustedHalo® prayerfully asks that you keep in mind the innocent victims of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan — children who are in refugee camps and poor neighborhoods. Operation Iraqi Children is one organization helping kids and they have an urgent need for blankets, backpacks, shoes and tarps.

December 11th, 2008
Feast of the Seven Fishes

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Advent Eating……

A tradition of Sicilians and Italians is Cena Della Vigilia di Natale, a seven-fish dinner on Christmas Eve—one fish representing each of the seven sacraments of the church (or some say each day of the week.) The tradition comes from the observance of Vigilia di Natale, the wait in vigil for the birth of Jesus. Italians fasted until after receiving communion at Midnight Mass. In later years it became a day of fasting and abstinence, meaning a day with only one full meal, and with no meat and dairy allowed.
Some Italians moderate the feast, serving only three fish dishes representing the three Wise Men or the Holy Trinity. Alternately, the feast can have as

December 10th, 2008
Anne Rice on Christmas commercialism

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Advent Quotable…
It seems to me in retrospect that the department stores and the dime stores did an excellent job of extending the “sacred space” of Christmas in those days. And I sometimes wonder whether for people of no religion, this might have been the only sacred space they knew. When people rail now against the “commercial nature of Christmas,” I’m always conflicted and unable to respond. Because I think those who would banish commercialism from the holiday fail to understand how precious and comforting the shop displays and music can be.
— from Anne Rice’s “Called Out of Darkness: a spiritual confession

Today’s

December 9th, 2008
St. Martin's Advent Fast

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Advent Fast Fact…
Advent has been around since the 4th century, when it was a time of great fasting, similar to what Catholics do throughout Lent. In addition to fasting, dancing and similar festivities were forbidden.
In some countries Advent would start on November 11th, which is the feast day of St. Martin of Tours. Thus the great fast was known as “St. Martin’s Fast,” “St. Martin’s Lent” or “the forty days of St. Martin” — and on the day before there was a lot of frolicking and heavy eating, as with Mardi Gras today.

Today’s Prize is: Sirius T-shirt + Sirius Swag — Combination of various items (subject to availability)

December 8th, 2008
Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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Surprising others this Christmas……
Susan Harrison is living proof that attitude, perspective and determination can change a life.
Abandoned by her mother to a relative, Susan was raised in a home with little love and much abuse. Enduring physical and psychological pain, Susan focused on good grades and sports. “I kept trying,” she says. “I kept thinking that there has to be something better.” Without role models, Susan floundered. Just a few years out of high school, she became pregnant.
“I was working full-time in security while I was carrying my baby, but the company decreased my hours,” says Susan. “It just wasn’t

December 7th, 2008
That's the Way It Was... One Christmas Eve

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Advent Quotable
During the Vietnam War, after a holiday cease-fire had been announced, veteran news anchor Walter Cronkite signed off the evening news broadcast by saying:
Goodnight, it’s Christmas Eve. It’s seven o’clock and there’s peace in the world. We don’t know if there’ll be peace in the world tomorrow night but we know, tonight, Christmas Eve, there’s peace in the world.

Today’s Prize is: Halo Store Grab Bag — Choose any book, DVD, or CD from our Halo Store (May include: Googling God, Mary and Me, Beautiful Mess (Bill McGarvey CD), Yoga Prayer DVD, or Isaac Hecker: An American Saint or Magnificat… Christmas Season

December 6th, 2008
St. Nicholas

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Advent Fast Fact…
Saint Nicholas of Myra, a Greek Christian bishop of the fourth century, is the primary inspiration for Santa Claus. Nicholas was famous for his generosity to the poor. In the most famous story, he gave an impoverished faithful Christian man dowries for his three daughters, so they would not have to become prostitutes. A more legendary version of the story has St. Nicholas throwing a gold bar through the window when each daughter needed her dowry. With the last daughter, the window was closed, and rather than break the glass, he climbed to the roof and threw the gold bar down the chimney.

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