The saints are our mentors and models who show us ways to live our faith. However, some of their stories…
The celebration of Halloween (or All Hallows’ Eve) comes just before All Saints Day and the Feast of…
Hey, folks! Did you know that Halloween (or “All Hallows’ Eve”) has Christian roots? The evening…
Most dating and relationships books, columns and shows won’t go near issues of faith. Author, professor and speaker Dr. Christine B. Whelan assumes faith has some role, and tackles even the toughest questions.
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…
Return to the Lent calendar.
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
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 …
This is what you shall do: love the earth and sun, and animals, despise riches, give alms to every one that asks, stand up for the stupid and crazy, devote your income and labor to others, hate tyrants, argue not concerning God, have patience and indulgence towards the people, take off your hat to nothing known or unknown, or to any man or number of men; go freely with the powerful uneducated persons, and with the young, and mothers of families,
The word “lent” is not an ancient one. The original name for this period that begins on the fortieth day before Easter was tessarakoste in Greek and quadragesima in Latin, both of which refer to forty. In the Late Middle Ages, when the church started using local languages more, many cultures switched to a local word that suggested “fortieth day”. In Germany and the Netherlands, however, the word used was the word
Giving frees us from the familiar territory of our own needs by opening our mind to the unexplained worlds occupied by the needs of others.— Barbara Bush
Fast from bending the truth and saying “white lies.”
Pray for 3 minutes for a spirit of honesty and integrity in all your dealings.
Give of your time to rectify a past lie or deceit.
I lead a double life.
To some that might sound glamorous; to others, intriguing; and there are those who might think it sounds plain exhausting. To me it is just something I have to do, because my son and daughter attend different schools.
Now, in New York this is not unusual. Our city offers, in general, something for everyone; parents have the choice of public, parochial, or private; single sex or coed.
Back in the day, where I grew up in The Bronx, every kid in a family went to the same…
There are thoughts which are prayers. There are moments when, whatever the posture of the body, the soul is on its knees.— Victor Hugo
Fast from self-centeredness.
Pray today for someone you know who is suffering from a physical ailment or currently in a hospital.
Give your time to visit someone in the hospital or visit someone who is sick. If you don’t know anyone in a hospital then give $10 to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (Your
Father Dave Dwyer CSP will host a special daytime edition of his nightly talk show, The Busted Halo® Show, live from noon to 3 p.m. EDT on Tuesday March 17. Catch Father Dave live from the steps of historic St. Patrick’s Cathedral as the parade files by on Fifth Avenue. The Catholic Channel is available to listeners nationwide exclusively on SIRIUS channel 159 and XM channel 117. Don’t have Sirius XM? You’re in luck… you can get a 3-day online trial…
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
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
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’…
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.
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
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
“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…
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…
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.…
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.
“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 …