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April 1st, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
I do believe we’re all connected. I do believe in positive energy. I do believe in the power of prayer. I do believe in putting good out into the world. And I believe in taking care of each other.
— Harvey Fierstein

Fast from being overly serious.
Pray for the gift of good humor and the ability to see humor in life.
Give everyone multiple opportunities to laugh. (Forward a funny email, take a friend to a comedy show or movie.)
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share your
struggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin can of Busted Halo M&M’s…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s

March 31st, 2009
Take the Freshman Survival Guide Survey!

When we published Busted Halo‘s® First Annual Freshman Survival Guide in 2005, we thought we had a good idea on our hands; we just didn’t know how good. Since then, the Guide has grown exponentially and we are proud to announce an exciting and important step in that growth: Hachette Book Group will publish the first print edition of Busted Halo…‘s Freshman Survival Guide next year.
Our goal is to take the first print edition of the Guide well beyond what we’ve been able to do online. Of course, it will still encompass a wide range of college-life issues from academics and relationships to dealing with roommates, social life and everything else that affects new college students. What makes

March 31st, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
The Third Petition of the Lord’s Prayer is repeated daily by millions who have not the slightest intention of letting anyone’s will be done but their own.— Aldous Huxley

Fast from your own willfulness and stubbornness.
Pray to see your life from God’s perspective.
Give up a long held grievance.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Green Bible…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
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

March 30th, 2009
When a friend's life is consumed with Christian group activity, resentment brews

Twenty minutes after our agreed upon meeting time, my best friend Andrea rushed into the coffee shop smiling and apologetic. The devil on my left shoulder won the wrestling match taking place in my conscience and I said, “I don’t think Jesus would have been late.” My tone was not joyfully sarcastic, but biting — with a clenched-teeth smile like a ventriloquist’s dummy.
It was unusual coming from me. Generally, I’m pretty maternal when it comes to my friends. (I spent the weeks before Christmas knitting hats and scarves in pink and purple while listening to hours of relationship complaints. In my Palm Pilot are individual birthday notices accompanied by a list of appropriate…

March 30th, 2009
It isn't boring, it isn't non-Christian and you do have the time for it

ww2-meditation-insideThe promise of meditation is not the 20 minutes of refuge from an otherwise insane day, wonderful as that may be. The promise is to gradually cultivate a way of living that is less insane. I’ve noticed over and over: People struggling with anxiety over things they’re powerless to affect rarely have a daily prayer and meditation practice.

March 30th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
I will govern my life and thoughts as if the whole world were to see the one and to read the other, for what does it signify to make anything a secret to my neighbor, when to God, who is the searcher of our hearts, all our privacies are open?— Lucius Annaeus Seneca

Fast from secrecy. Foster a more open relationship with someone in your life.
Pray for people who are burdened by secrets in their lives.
Give an anonymous donation to a charity and refrain from claiming it on your tax form.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of The Sacred Art of Fasting by Fr.…

March 29th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
Every man wants to pray the day before he dies. As he does not know when his time will come, so he must pray every day in order to be safe.— a proverb

Fast from fasting (all things in moderation.)
Pray a simple prayer of thanks for the day.
Give yourself a break.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of the March issue of Magnificat with the Lenten Companion…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
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®

March 28th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
Is not prayer also a study of truth — a sally of the soul into the unfound infinite? No man ever prayed heartily, without learning something.— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Fast from winning — an argument, your place in line.
Pray for greater humility.
Give time to help somebody in a task that you excel at.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin can of Busted Halo M&M’s…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend you’d like

March 27th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Considering the fact that he’s our neighbor — the Colbert Report studio is just around the corner from our offices — we thought that, as a staunch defender of our Holy Mother Church, Stephen Colbert would love it if we asked our readers as part of their Lenten spiritual discipline to FAST from ANY and ALL Stephen Colbert-related content ALL DAY on Friday March 27. In that same vein, we’re also asking readers to reflect on how blessed they are to live in the US of A (PRAYER) and to make a small donation to a non-profit that protects bears (or a charitable equivalent) (GIVE).

Fast from ANY and ALL Stephen Colbert-related content ALL DAY on Friday March 27.
Pray… on how blessed

March 26th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.— Meister Eckhart

Fast from your routine.
Pray in a way you’re not accustomed to, e.g. the rosary, sitting meditation, etc.
Give a portion of your prayer time to somebody else’s prayer request.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a copy of the March issue of Magnificat with the Lenten Companion…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend

March 25th, 2009
...so we're tossing you a little incentive to keep going

It’s been a month since Lent started and a lot of us are struggling. So to give you a little incentive to get back on board we’re making it easier than ever to enter the drawing for our FastPrayGive Lent Incentive Grand Prize: an iPod Nano….
Up until now, to have your name entered into the drawing we’ve required that in addition to your own email, you give us the email address of a friend you’d like to introduce to BustedHalo.com. For the next week — Thursday March 26 to Thursday April 2 only — just enter your own email on the contest form in both spaces for an email address. You’re free to enter this way once per day during the next week (3/26/09-4/2/09) and your entry will count

March 25th, 2009
Coming Soon! Busted Halo's "The Princess, The Priest and the War for the Perfect Wedding"

From over-the-top registries to destination weddings, the American wedding industrial complex is a $161 billion consumer bonanza. But a wedding is more than just a party: It’s the beginning of a life-long marriage, an important sacrament in the Catholic Church. Brides want everything to be to their specifications — and priests bristle at being treated like hired help. Friends and family ask about color themes for the reception, and the priest plies pre-Cana compatibility quizzes. It’s a cultural war, and engaged couples are on the front lines.

What happens when the princess planning her “one perfect day” clashes with the priest who would rather preside over a dozen funerals…

March 25th, 2009
A younger generation expresses their Jewishness in controversial ways

Evocative, disrespectful, proud, antithetic: these are just some of the words used to describe Jews with tattoos. Seth Alamar, who has 30-odd tattoos, calls most of his markings religious or “Jewish.” He has heard all the reasons why a Jew should not get tattooed — including the false myth that he would not be buried in a Jewish cemetery. But despite all the controversy surrounding ink in the Jewish faith, he did not think twice.
“The reason [I got tattoos] is not because I am not religious, it is not because I do not believe in G-d, or even because I am not a devout Jew,” Alamar said. “It is simply because it is my body and I don’t need anyone to make decisions for me.”
Alamar,…

March 25th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
The relationship to one’s fellow man is the relationship of prayer, the relationship to oneself is the relationship of striving; it is from prayer that one draws the strength for one’s striving. — Franz Kafka

Fast from television and pick up a book to educate yourself.
Pray for all those who do not have access to quality education.
Give… old books you’ve already read to your local library, hospitals, women’s or homeless shelters, children’s reading or afterschool programs, and senior centers. Or you can donate books to our soldiers overseas by going to booksforsoldiers.com.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share

March 24th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
The call to “treat all things as if they were vessels of the altar” (Rule of St. Benedict 31:10) is the call to steward the earth, to treat it reverently, to hold it in loving hands. It is the call to keep what is usable, to care for what is vulnerable, to safeguard what is fragile on this planet. It is the call to preserve the environment and to clean our houses and our streets and our woods and to stop pollution. It is the call to save the earth for our children.— Sister Joan Chittister, OSB, from Wisdom Distilled from the Daily

Fast… from fuel consumption… take public transportation (or walk or bike) to work or school today — even if it’s a long

March 23rd, 2009
Part 1 - An interview with E. Benjamin Skinner

There are more slaves today than at any other point in human history.
— E. Benjamin Skinner, A Crime So Monstrous
In his 1999 book, Disposable People…, author Kevin Bales declared there were 27 million slaves worldwide — living, breathing, feeling human beings forced to work or suffer punishment, often both.
For most of us, it’s difficult to imagine that in 2009 there are more than 27 million people, most of them women and children, being held against their will. Many are abused or carried across international borders and exploited as servants, forced prostitutes or laborers. Most of them have absolutely no knowledge or power that could have enabled them to avoid entering their slavery situation. And

March 23rd, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
There are many things that are essential to arriving at true peace of mind, and one of the most important is faith, which cannot be acquired without prayer. — John Wooden, UCLA Coach

Fast from breakfast and dinner today.
Pray for those who miss breakfast and dinner every day.
Give… the cost of those two meals (at least $10) to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s

March 22nd, 2009
Can ambition be a Catholic virtue?

Margot, 31, wants to be the first female partner at the boutique law firm where she’s worked for four years. She’s getting great reviews from her bosses because she works long hours, always delivers for clients and, “when a partner tells me to jump, I ask how high on the way up,” she says. “It’s been my ambition to be a partner at a law firm for years. So many women start out as associates at firms, but so few end up as partners. I really want that success.”
She admits that to me with a sigh, and an apologetic look. She continues: “Women aren’t supposed to have that burning ambition — or at least that’s the message I get from society. I’m 31, I’m…

March 22nd, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
In the Lord’s Prayer, the first petition is for daily bread. No one can worship God or love his neighbor on an empty stomach.— Woodrow Wilson

Fast from eating any kind of bread today.
Pray for those who don’t have the basic staples of nutrition.
Give the cost of the bread or at least $2 to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve set aside to hold the money saved from various fasting challenges, to be used for whatever charity you choose at the end of Lent.)
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin can of Busted…

March 21st, 2009
An early morning epiphany while the world's biggest band played at my Catholic college

I clutched the barricade in front of me with all my strength, afraid to lose my prime spot as the crowd pushed from behind. Feet numb from standing for hours on frozen ground, I approached my fourth hour outside, armed with nothing more than a digital camera and granola bars. At 8:00 a.m. on the dot, it finally happened. U2 coolly strolled down the steps of Keating Hall — the same steps I have walked on the way to class so many times — took their place on stage, and launched into the first few chords of their new, psychedelic rock single, “Get on Your Boots.”
A week of rumors was finally put to rest as Bono, The Edge, Adam Clayton and Larry Mullen Jr. performed at Fordham, as part of a special taping of Good Morning…

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