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March 16th, 2009

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St. Patrick’s Day
For many, a few drinks on Saint Patrick’s Day may be a harmless celebration, but take a moment to read Phil Fox Rose’s new What Works column, “Am I An Alcoholic?” and then check out Mike Hayes’ article “5 Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day Without Getting a Hangover” for some other ways to celebrate.

Fast from excessive drinking and lower the amount of alcohol you consume by 50%. If you don’t drink alcohol, only consume water today.
Pray for people in your life who struggles with addiction, or pray for someone you know whose life has been affected by addiction.
Give… any money you save to your FastPrayGive

March 16th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Why is it so important that you are with God and God alone on the mountain top? It’s important because it’s the place in which you can listen to the voice of the One who calls you the beloved. To pray is to listen to the One who calls you “my beloved daughter,” “my beloved son,” “my beloved child.” To pray is to let that voice speak to the center of your being, to your guts, and let that voice resound in your whole being.— Henri Nouwen

Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for five minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give… genuine compliments to two people you encounter

March 15th, 2009
Going green never felt so good

As the son of an Irish immigrant, I always found it odd that my American mother looked forward to the big holiday more than my Irish father did.
“St. Patrick’s Day is a big deal now … in Ireland,” he told me on the phone recently, “but it never used to be anything to write home about in the old days. It was mostly a religious holiday and we treated it as a solemn day, as opposed to a day to get snockered.”
Now I don’t begrudge anyone a nice pint o’ Guinness, but shouldn’t St. Patrick’s Day be about more than simply getting drunk in a random pub? Instead of heading to some insanely crowded bar why not have a few friends over for one or more of the following Irish cultural

March 15th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.— John Lennon

Fast from your favorite TV show.
Pray for those served by a favorite cause.
Give the hour saved from TV to that cause in any way you wish — e.g., write a letter to Congress on behalf of the unborn, volunteer at the local soup kitchen, work at an after-school program for children at risk.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: your choice of a book from the Halo Store Grab bag…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To win today’s prize:

March 14th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I have been driven many times to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had absolutely no other place to go.— Abraham Lincoln

Fast from your daily habit completely. For example, avoid ordering coffee, tea etc. for the day.
Pray in reflection for 5 minutes on what is truly necessary in your life.
Give… the money saved by abstaining 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.

March 13th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
It is for us to pray not for tasks equal to our powers, but for powers equal to our tasks, to go forward with a great desire forever beating at the door of our hearts as we travel toward our distant goal.— Helen Keller

Fast from any unnecessary talking. If your day is filled with idle chatter (both verbal and electronic), try to speak only when necessary and only about significant things.
Pray for 15 minutes in purposeful silence, trying to quiet your mind and listen to how God might be speaking to you in your life.
Give… a small donation or help to a group that has no voice. Alternatively, drop $2 in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you’ve

March 12th, 2009
A mixed-media guide to the afterlife

“None of us are perfect but all of us are on a journey toward God” is one of the ways we use to explain what the name Busted Halo® means. Given our name it is no surprise that people often ask us:

“Since I’m not perfect, how can I get into heaven?”

Heaven is defined by the Catholic Church as “a perfect life with the Holy Trinity” and “ultimate end and fulfillment of our deepest human longings.”

But most of us feel we fall short of deserving to be in full union with God. While all of us sin, though, most of us don’t sin in such a grave way that we cut ourselves off completely from God. And even if we do commit grave sins, many of us seek reconciliation with God throughout our lives.

So, if heaven is this state of perfection… and one dies while being far from perfect… how can one enter heaven? The answer, Father James Martin, SJ, tells us, is purgatory. So just what the hell is purgatory?…

March 12th, 2009
Checking in with our readers on their FastPrayGive progress

You spoke, we listened. The response to FastPrayGive has been overwhelming. We couldn’t be happier that you tackled our challenge head on to make the Lenten season truly unique. This year, Busted Halo tried to do something different for Lent. Instead of asking our readers to give up something simple for 40 days like chocolate or soda, we challenged them to approach each day in a unique way, and each FastPrayGive challenge reflects this.
We’ve compiled the best comments from the first two weeks — to share the growth, struggle, confusion and laughter of our readers. Please keep up the good work and remember: You can’t flunk this …, so don’t give up. It’s never too late to start again,

March 12th, 2009
The creator of NBC's new series Kings discusses how he's brought a modern aesthetic to the Old Testament story of King David

Interview and introduction by Bill McGarvey …
Since breaking into television writing back in 1998, Michael Green has worked on a number of network and cable television shows, including Sex and the City and Smallville. Most recently, he was a writer and co-executive producer on NBC’s Emmy-nominated Heroes. NBC’s new drama series, Kings (two-hour premiere on Sunday March 15 at 8pm on NBC), marks Green’s first opportunity to work on a series he created himself. The modern retelling of the Biblical story of King David stars Golden Globe winner Ian McShane (Deadwood) as King Silas Benjamin who worries that David Shepherd (played by Chris Egan) will supplant him as king of the fictional kingdom

March 12th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
I have had prayers answered — most strangely so sometimes — but I think our heavenly Father’s loving-kindness has been even more evident in what He has refused me.— Lewis Carroll

Fast from vanity today. And use one less beauty product or decrease your time in the shower by 50%.
Pray for those who struggle with self-confidence, including yourself.
Give a compliment to somebody else on their appearance.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

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

March 11th, 2009
Our inaugural What Works column tackles the toughest question some people ever face

“Am I an alcoholic?” “Am I an addict?” At some point, many of us look back on our drinking or using and question it: question whether it’s sustainable; question whether it’s getting in the way of our life; question whether we’re becoming who we want to be. This happened for me at 23. I’d made quite a mess already in ten years. Some come to these questions even younger. Whenever it happens, we become spiritual seekers. We open to deeper questions of meaning that had been obscured. I’ve met countless others over the years who have come up against this or some other crisis and found that, rather than the end, it was the beginning of their journey.
In this new column,…

March 11th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one’s weakness… It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.— Mohandas K. Gandhi

Fast from your worst habit — excessive worry, overeating, smoking, drinking, etc. For those who have great difficulty with this, fast by at least 50% (and consider reading “Am I An Alcoholic”, the first What Works column, published today.
Pray for help in removing whatever is blocking a closer relationship with God.
Give… support to someone you know who is struggling with bad habits and/or addiction.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and

March 10th, 2009

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Lenten Fact
Today is Purim. This Jewish holiday is one of many that celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from a threat — in this case, the 6th Century BCE Persian vizier Haman’s plan to exterminate the Jews, described in the Book of Esther. Interesting in relation to Lent is that this holiday is honored by celebrating noisily and publicly — sometimes including excessive drinking and street parades in masks and crazy costumes — a bit like week before last’s Mardi Gras.
(Of course, we are also coming up on Passover. Since the Last Supper was a Passover Seder, though the Hebrew and Roman calendars are different, Easter and Passover always occur…

March 9th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.
— Winston Churchill

Fast from using seasoning on my food today.
Pray for those who would be happy to simply have a taste of bread, without butter, or a potato, without sour cream. Think about what your food tastes like without all the extras we have come to expect.
Give… money or time to a food organization like City Harvest that helps gather food for those in need, or donate the cost of a loaf of bread and condiments 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

March 8th, 2009
Recent comments in the Vatican newspaper raise questions

There’s a new study out from the Vatican: Seems men and women confess to different sins. The most commonly confessed sin for women is pride, while for men, lust and gluttony rule the confessional. Men’s desire for food is surpassed only by the urge for sex.
This analysis is based on a study of confessions carried out by Father Roberto Busa, a 95-year-old Jesuit scholar, and backed up by Vatican theologian, Dominican Father Wojciech Giertych. Recently, Monsignor Giertych told reporters for the Vatican newspaper (and, subsequently, the world) that men were more inclined than women to pursue pleasure.
“Often the most difficult [sin] men face is lust, and then comes gluttony, sloth, wrath,…

March 8th, 2009
It's a mystery -- but we'll try to explain it

The Trinity is the manner in which Catholics believe God is revealed to the world. The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us, “The mystery of the Holy Trinity is the central mystery of the Christian faith and of the Christian life.” (CCC, #261)
The Church shows that because God is “mystery,” meaning that we just can’t pin God down — we’re unable to know everything… there is to know about God — God has tried to communicate to us just who He is. Traditionally, the Church expressed this as, God being revealed as Father, Son and Holy Spirit, three expressions or “persons” of one divine essence. The Trinity is one. Catholics do not believe in three Gods but rather

March 8th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
We must recognize prayer as an instrument of God’s will. Therefore, we pray that God’s will may be done throughout the world… and in intercessory prayer we bring people… from around the world… into the presence of God.— Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Fast from cursing today.
Pray that God guide your words and actions so that you always profess kindness, not judgment.
Give… $1 for every curse to your FastPrayGive Bowl — if you really stuggle with this, then add 50 cents for every obsenity. (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

March 7th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
To get nations back on their feet, we must first get down on our knees.— Billy Graham

Fast by reducing your carbon footprint.
Pray for the environment and all those people who are victims of natural disasters which have been encouraged by global warming — ride your bike instead of driving, turn off lights, computers and appliances when you’re not using them.
Give… by planting a tree to help reduce carbon admissions or have a tree planted for you and help to build back areas which have been destroyed by wildfires.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s

March 6th, 2009
BH on NPR...SEND IN YOUR COMMENTS!

Our Fast, Pray, Give calendar is getting some big time attention! National Public Radio’s website, npr.org, asked BustdHalo’s editor-in-chief Bill McGarvey to write a commentary on alternative Lenten fasting practices. They’ve asked us our readers to visit their site and add their comments. The more comments/discussion the piece generates the greater the chance it has of being picked up for NPR radio’s All Things Considered. So click through to here and leave a comment…remember, keep it clean!…
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First it was chocolate. Then came foul language. And, finally, there was the earnest commitment to abstain from any “off-color” humor. The litany

March 6th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Don’t pray when it rains if you don’t pray when the sun shines.— Satchel Paige, 1974

Fast from cynicism and negativity.
Pray for a greater sense of hopefulness in your life.
Give a dollar or two to your FastPrayGive Bowl on this sunny day to help someone later on a rainy day. (Your FastPrayGive Bowl is a container you 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: Swedish Fish…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
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