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March 9th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

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.
To

March 5th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
Our prayers should be for blessings in general, for God knows best what is good for us.— Socrates

Fast from one meal today.
Pray for people in your local community who have to struggle for a meal.
Give the cost of that meal — at least $5 — to your FastPrayGive Bowl. (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: a copy of The Art of Fasting…
To see a list of the winners so far, click here.
To

March 4th, 2009
Check it out! And if you slipped away, just come on back.

Did you get our message that Lent isn’t about giving up chocolate? Maybe this helps: We’re giving away our own Busted Halo chocolate… — M&Ms with our logo on them. Aren’t they gorgeous?!
If you’re not doing our FastPrayGive challenge every day here’s what your missing besides our chocolate giveaway: Swedish Fish on Fridays; a chance to win an iPod nano; and saving your soul… OK, maybe that’s a bit of an exaggeration. But trust us, you should check it out. And if you slipped away, just come on back… it’s completely unflunkable, entirely relevant and totally inspiring. Every day is a new challenge. And our Facebook Slip Support Station is there

March 4th, 2009
A Jesuit priest dares soon-to-be graduates to consider service

Unlike any time in recent history, college seniors are being forced to think long and hard about what’s next. Though some no doubt are struggling mightily to ignore that question for another few weeks, with the current economic crisis deepening and unemployment rising it’s understandable that young adults would have a lot of anxiety about it. For those who might feel paralyzed, I’d like to offer one suggestion: Be of service to others.
Look, you’re young, free and able to take a year and do something great for those who could really use your talents and energy. The Obama administration is encouraging more young people to consider some form of service. Grad schools look more closely at…

March 4th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
To be able to give away riches is mandatory if you wish to possess them. This is the only way that you will be truly rich. — Muhammad Ali

Fast from any anger. Go out of your way to not respond to a person who angers you or tries your patience.
Pray to the Holy Spirit for patience in dealing with that person.
Give an act of kindness or do something nice for that person.
Slipped up? Don’t give up. Start again and share yourstruggles at our “Slip Support Station” on Facebook.

Today’s Prize is: a tin 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

March 3rd, 2009
How a college senior and her classmates are dealing with the stress of graduating during the biggest economic downturn in decades

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March 3rd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
When the solution is simple, God is answering.— Albert Einstein

Fast from drinking between meals.
Pray for those who have no access to pure drinking water.
Give… my means or time to an organization that works to provide access to clean water to the Third World, or donate the money you saved today by not drinking 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:

March 2nd, 2009

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Lent Quotable
One would give generous alms if one had the eyes to see the beauty of a cupped receiving hand.— Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

DIGITAL FAST! Consciously reduce your use of an electronic device (cell phone, internet etc.) today by 25%.
Pray for people who don’t have access to electricity and other technologies that makes our lives easier. (1.6 billion people have no access to electricity. Approximately 400 million depend on kerosene for lighting, putting almost six million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere each year.)
Give… the time you don’t spend using your electronic device today to talk with someone who’s important and special in your

March 1st, 2009

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Lenten Fact
In the early days of Christianity, Lent was a 40-day retreat to purify their body and spirit for those preparing for baptism at Easter. Since there was no practice of ritual infant baptism, this is how people entered the Church.
With the emergence of infant baptism and confirmation, this link between baptism and Lent was largely lost. The purification processes of Lent expanded to all Christians — both to support the new converts and to reaffirm and fortify their own faith.
Gradually, the link was further broken to the point where many people see Lent as nothing but abstinence from one or two beloved foods, rather than as a period of purification of the spirit.
In 1972,…

February 28th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode.— Henry David Thoreau

Fast from a treat.
Pray for those whose basic sustenance is not being met, around the world or in your town. (The World Health Organization estimates that one third of the world is well fed, one third is underfed and one third is starving. Every 3.6 seconds, someone on our planet dies of hunger.)
Give… the money you save in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (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

February 27th, 2009

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Lent Quotable
The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.— Benjamin Franklin

Fast from complaining about your job and all that weighs you down about hard work.
Pray for those who are unemployed and pray in thanksgiving for your gainful employment. (NOTE: If you are out of work, take a minute today to reflect on what you still have to be grateful for.)
Give some of your time to someone you know who is out of work or… put two dollars in your FastPrayGive Bowl. (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

February 26th, 2009
...and we love you for it

We asked for your ash shots and you didn’t disappoint!
We may not have the sophisticated technology necessary to determine our readership demographics as precisely as we’d like, but at least we know you love your ash. Among the pics we received — the best of which are posted here — we found big ashes, small ashes, cockeyed ashes and perfect ashes. We got first time ash recipients and people who hadn’t received ashes in decades. Thanks to all those who hauled their ashes online and sent in their pics.
And the response to our Fast Pray Give Lent Calendar has been tremendous! The first few days have broken single day traffic records for Busted Halo and people seem to be telling their friends…

February 26th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

Lent Quotable
To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.— Martin Luther King, Jr.

Fast from thoughtlessness.
Pray for one minute on the gifts or the people in your life you have been given that you sometimes take for granted.
Give by going out of your way to offer a genuine compliment to someone you encounter and perform one small act of kindness.
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…
To win today’s prize: Give us your name and email address along with the email address of one friend

February 25th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar.

At the start of Lent,… we take time to remind ourselves that life indeed is limited: that we will die.
We place ashes on our foreheads as a visible reminder to others that we know that our bodies will turn to ash one day, that life is indeed precarious, but that we are also a resurrection people.
We believe that more lies beyond this end, and so our ashes are marked by the sign of faith — the cross — at once a symbol of our God’s destruction and His greatest triumph.
We listen to the words that the priest or minister says to us as he places the ashes on our forehead: “Remember that you are dust, and unto dust you shall return.”
What is it that holds us back from really living? What

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