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April 26th, 2015
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all; in which case, you fail by default. — J.K. Rowling

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If you’ve been making excuses for not trying a new activity that you’re interEDTed in, resolve today to try it and take whatever first steps are necessary.



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December 7th, 2014
When I’m on stage, I’m trying to do one thing: bring people joy. Just like church does. People don’t go to church to find trouble, they go there to lose it. — James Brown
What’s being read at Mass... During Advent this year, we’re hearing readings from the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. One of our favorites! Isaiah says, "Prepare the way of the Lord." The phrase is repeated in Mark's gospel. So, what are Isaiah and Mark trying to say to us today? Get ready. Someone is coming who is going to turn things upside down. Isaiah says, "The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me ... God has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and release to the prisoners." Jesus is coming to make a way for those with no way and he still needs our help today.

Today, send a message of encouragement to someone who is going through a tough time.…

December 5th, 2014
Patience is not simply the ability to wait — it’s how we behave while we’re waiting. — Joyce Meyer, televangelist

Today, while you’re waiting for something, try to keep a smile on your face the entire time.…

December 2nd, 2014
I usually grow this beard out around Christmas. I like to go to malls dressed as Jesus, and I like to then walk around the mall and go, “No! No! This wasn’t what it was supposed to be about, people!” — Marc Maron, comedian
Fa la la la la… Maybe you’ve just turned on your Christmas music or maybe you’ve been secretly listening to "Jingle Bells" since Halloween. Either way, you might be familiar with the Advent carol "O Come, O Come Emmanuel." This song has its origin in the great O Antiphons, a series of responsorial prayers that offer titles for the coming King (Jesus) like "O Wisdom" and "O Root of Jesse" (all of these titles are in the song). Later in Advent (December 17-23), the Church prays these antiphons during vespers. Get a head start with this video of the song (and lyrics).

Today, after a long weekend of spending in stores and online, participate in #GivingTuesday to kick off the giving season. Help Busted Halo connect you with the true meaning of Advent, Christmas, and other faith practices throughout the year. Donate $10 or more to Busted Halo today.…

November 30th, 2014
What to say when someone asks, "What's an Advent Calendar?" Show them this one! Advent Calendars help us anticipate or "count down" to Christmas and Jesus' birth. Advent is a season of preparation and waiting. So, hidden behind every day of the calendar is a surprise! (No peeking -- you have to WAIT for it!) You might find chocolate, an image, or in the case of Busted Halo's Advent Surprise Calendar -- an inspirational quote and spiritual challenge. Happy Advent!

Set an intention for Advent this year: Pick a way that you will slow down and behold God’s coming into the world.…

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