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September 9th, 2014
Why young women are "lacing up" at Mass
The topic of women covering their heads (or not covering their heads) at Mass has made a big splash among twentysomething and thirtysomething Catholic bloggers across continents and cultures. I have to admit that this practice has a certain appeal to me as well. Why are Catholic women bringing back this practice? Here are some good reasons: It’s countercultural. Let’s face it, we live in a culture with profoundly warped ideas of female empowerment. Modern American culture would have us believe that a powerful woman is one who uses her sexuality in an exhibitionistic, amoral fashion. Her power is in her ability to incite lust — to exploit her own sexuality and the sexuality of others. The Catholic tradition…
September 1st, 2014
It’s September, summer is coming to a close, school is beginning and fall is right around the corner. Don’t forget to check out our Dorm Room Care Package for yourself or anyone you know that is heading to college this year. If you missed our article about honoring the sacredness of Labor Day, check it out here. And don’t forget, September is the celebration of Saint Gennaro. Also, beginning on September 15, we’re running a new Catholic Mascotology bracket contest featuring some of the most interesting college mascots from various Catholic schools going head-to-head. So check back here on the 15th to vote for you favorites. Oh, and our own Fr. Dave Dwyer, CSP, has a big birthday coming…
August 11th, 2014
Busted Halo® says goodbye to Fr. Steve and sends him off with a list of our favorite Fr. Steve moments!
For the past two years, the readers of BustedHalo.com and the listeners of The Busted Halo Cast podcast and “The Busted Halo® Show” on Sirius XM Radio have been blessed by the ministry of Fr. Steven Bell, CSP. Later this month, Fr. Steve will be leaving the Busted Halo® team and begin sharing his many gifts with the more than 50,000 students at Ohio State University, where the Paulist Fathers have a vibrant campus ministry outreach. We here at Busted Halo® have been so very thankful for the pastoral care that Fr. Steve brought to readers and listeners through his many articles, videos, virtual retreats, podcasts, and many segments on The Busted Halo® Show. He shared a passion for helping others deepen their…
August 1st, 2014
Although some schools and universities still begin their school year in September, most students and teachers out there find themselves a little bit melancholy when August rolls around, signally imminent “Back to School” days and their waning freedom. So this month we provide you a tranquil image (St. Peter’s Church bell tower in Perugia, Italy) to keep you calm during your last few weeks of summer vacation. The Transfiguration and the Assumption are the big holy days of this month, of course. Download the August 2014 Wallpaper: 16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · Mobile · Facebook The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen
July 1st, 2014
July 4 is headed our way, but instead of taking the typical route of fireworks or American flags, we decided to put St. Kateri Tekakwitha front and center on our wallpaper this month. Not only is it her feast day on the 14th, but she is the first Native American saint to be canonized (back in 2012 by Pope Benedict). Download the July 2014 Wallpaper: 16:9 [2560 x 1440] · 16:10 [2560 x 1600] · 4:3 [2400 x 1800] · Mobile · Facebook The wallpaper is available in sizes that will fit both widescreen and full screen monitors, mobile devices and a Facebook cover photo. Download the files directly above and enjoy this easy way to stay aware of important feasts and holy days heading your way.
June 30th, 2014
A woman works on art for a stained-glass window. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)A few weeks ago, I attended Lectio Divina led by an elderly Jesuit and scripture scholar. One of his remarks really impressed me. He said that the thing that the Jewish professors with whom he works in Israel cannot understand is that Christians still consider a man who died 2,000 years ago to be useful to them. I think that we Christians can ask ourselves, Is Jesus useful to us? If so, how is he useful? Do we really believe in Jesus? Or do we believe in Jesus like we believe in Santa Claus or the Easter Bunny? John wrote his Gospel for all of us who grapple with this reality: “But these are written so that you may come to believe that Jesus is the…
May 30th, 2014
GOOAALL!!! It's time once again for that big event we look forward to every four years...No, not Pentecost in June (though that coincides as well), it's obviously time to get ready for soccer as the World Cup begins this month on June 12, hosted by Brazil...
May 22nd, 2014
Fr. James Martin, SJ, visits the Sea of GalileeIf you’ve never trekked to the Holy Land, here’s the next best thing: Treat yourself to a copy of Jesus: A Pilgrimage by James Martin, SJ, which recently debuted at #9 on the New York Times bestseller list. The Jesuit priest — best known as Stephen Colbert’s chaplain on The Colbert Report — was initially reluctant to leave his office at America magazine to visit where the events of the Bible took place. “I didn’t want my pristine mental images of holy sites to be supplanted by touristy locales,” Fr. Martin admits, “but going there was really transformative. It helped me understand the Gospels in a way that I never could have.” Jesus is helping…
May 15th, 2014
Cardinal Walter Kasper (AKA Pope Francis’ theologian) shows us how to give -- and receive -- mercy.
German Cardinal Walter Kasper arrives for meeting of cardinals at Vatican. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)“This book has done me such good,” Pope Francis remarked in his first Sunday afternoon address in March 2013. I immediately thought, “What book is he talking about and how can I get one?” “Mercy by Walter Cardinal Kasper” and “nowhere yet” were the answers. I had heard of this remarkable German theologian before, about 10 years ago in my first systematic theology class, but I really didn’t try to read anything of his until this endorsement by Pope Francis. And now I would have to wait more than a year until the book was available in English. Finally, earlier this month, the English translation of…
May 9th, 2014
Dear Graduates, Congratulations! You have much to celebrate as you mark the end of your time in college. We here at Busted Halo hope this prayer gives you the opportunity for a few moments of spiritual reflection as you take part in graduation festivities. This is a time of great joy, transition, and maybe even some nervousness about the future. God goes with you — and God celebrates with you. We do too.    God of joy and hope, we thank you for this time of graduation. Your spirit of wisdom has empowered our hard work and discipline in such a way that our hunger for learning has been nourished with knowledge, discovery, creativity, and determination. As we prepare to walk across the stage to receive our…
April 30th, 2014
Happy May and May Day! Summer is fast approaching and with it (hopefully) warmer weather for all. This month we remember especially Cinco de Mayo, Mother's Day, Our Lady of Fatima, Memorial Day, the Ascension and the Visitation.
April 21st, 2014
The woman with a role in stories of Jesus' life, death and resurrection can be a model for our lives today
St. Mary Magdalene depicted (l to r) in a stained-glass window in Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, in a sketch by Leonardo de Vinci, and in a sculpture from the Church of San Miguel in Valladolid, Spain. (CNS photos/Gregory L. Tracy, Pilot; Alinari, courtesy Art Resource; Nancy Wiechec) She was not the prostitute that you read about in Luke 7:36-50. Her story begins in Luke 8:1-3, which says, “Soon afterwards Jesus went through cities and villages, proclaiming and bringing the good news of the kingdom of God. The twelve were with Jesus, as well as some women who had been cured of evil spirits and infirmities. Mary, called Magdalene from whom seven demons had gone out, and Joanna … and Susanna,…
April 16th, 2014
“Signs of Spring (Cleaning!)” image by konarheim licensed under Creative Commons “Attribution 2.0” https://www.flickr.com/photos/konarheim/A long winter is fading into the calendar. Sunlight seems more content to lounge around past dinner and may even reach through the early spring chill and kiss our skin with bits of red if we lean its way. The world draws us closer together as it warms. The cold and darkness that made us slowly withdraw from one another begins to disappear as birds sing, trees sprout colors, and neighbors who’ve ducked into cars to escape the cold linger once again to catch up and chat across driveways and busy sidewalks. Winter can make us strangers. I entered this season of Lent…
April 16th, 2014
A scene from Holy Thursday at Corpus Christi Church in Piedmont, California. (CNS photo/Greg Tarczynski)Every night, before I go to sleep, I open up my Q&A a Day Book and answer the daily question. Q&A a Day is a trendy five-year journal that prompts the writer to record one line each day, and has 365 questions that you answer annually. They range from “What did you have for breakfast today?” to “Are you the original or the remix?” I like musing over the memories of where I was a year ago, and cultivating curiosity over the empty space of next year. After writing my answer for March 27, I peeked to the next page for March 28. The question of the day was, “What did you remember most about today?” It just…
April 14th, 2014
A practical guide for the days between Palm Sunday and the Resurrection
Christian pilgrims carry palm branches during the Palm Sunday procession in Jerusalem. (CNS photo/Debbie Hill) When I returned to the Church in my late twenties, one of the things that became very important to me was fully investing in the liturgical year. As a child, any day at church was just the same as another, and though Christmas and Easter had extra trappings, my adolescent apathy didn’t allow for much conviction or interior renewal. So, when I came back I wanted to learn, appreciate and enjoy all the unique aspects of living life according to the liturgical calendar. And there was no time where that commitment to commitment became as significant as during Holy Week. Holy Week is the apex of our liturgical…
April 8th, 2014
A few years ago, I was rushing to catch the Staten Island Ferry. Missing the ferry could mean a 30- or 60-minute wait for the next one. I had minutes until the next departure. Nothing else was on my mind. A man stood at the top of the stairs asking for money. I had seen him several times before. But wouldn’t you know it, of all times, this was the moment that he approached me. My response? “I don’t have any money on me, but I will pray for you.” Little did I know that this was the beginning of one of those unforgettable moments when God breaks through the hustle of everyday life. “You will?” he asked me. “Yes, I will,” I responded while at the same time the tension in me was mounting…
April 7th, 2014
Videos from CRS' Rice Bowl Program share young adult's Lenten experiences
CRS Rice Bowl. You might read those words, click on the link, and think that you’re headed toward a tasty recipe on Pinterest. Or a trendy new restaurant. No, not quite. CRS stands for Catholic Relief Services, an international humanitarian agency of the Catholic community in the United States. CRS Rice Bowl is a way to dedicate Lenten prayer, fasting and almsgiving to help those in need. A CRS Rice Bowl is actually a small cardboard box (rice bowl) where you collect your gifts. Through giving, daily reflections, weekly prayers, meatless recipes, a mobile app and stories of hope from around the world, CRS Rice Bowl engages people — body, mind and soul — in Lenten sacrifice. This year, CRS Rice…
April 1st, 2014
It’s April already and though the first day of the month is a time for practical jokes, things get a little more solemn later on as we head into Holy Week. Also, spring is finally here and if you’re looking for a good way to celebrate Earth Day on the 22nd, look no further than the Busted Halo® Virtual Retreat.
March 31st, 2014
Like the dark smudge on your forehead, Lent is something that has already disappeared for many in today’s stressful world. However, observing Lent can alter our perceptions and how we view the world can be greatly transformed. So, while there is still time during this season, all is not lost. We can take a page from a Jewish rabbi on this. On Yom Kippur he gave out to each member of his congregation a small piece of paper. On one side of it was written: “It’s later than you think!” On the other side, it said, “It’s never too late!” What he was speaking about is a sense of mindful prayerfulness — being in the now with our eyes wide open to the presence of God in so many different and wondrous ways. And, fortunately…
March 26th, 2014
Pope Francis embraces a patient at St. Francis of Assisi Hospital in Rio de Janeiro. (CNS photo/Reuters ) Recently, I’ve been rereading selections from Henri Nouwen’s writings in the bathroom, as they are short, to the point, and open into deeper reflections. Some may protest at the idea of doing spiritual reading in the bathroom, but I find it a perfect place. No one bothers you. Your cell phone cannot buzz or twitch at you. For just a while you are protected from real life, all except the parents of toddlers who do not respect any kind of doors. Henri Nouwen was a Dutch priest and theologian of enormous output. He wrote many books, lectured widely, inspired thousands in their spiritual journeys, and wound up living…
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