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March 1st, 2012
Go easy on yourself this Lent

I broke my Lenten commitment on day one. (Every year, I fast from judging whether beggars are worthy or not — instead of deciding whether each is truly needy, a slacker or con artist, a good street musician or bad, I just give a dollar to any…

February 27th, 2012

(CNS illustration/Emily Thompson)Lent has a way of sneaking up on me. It’s kind of like the Grinch who stole Ordinary Time. I’ve barely recovered from the Christmas season (and I celebrate every last day) and all of a sudden, it’s Ash Wednesday! On…

February 14th, 2012
Busted Halo's Lenten Calendar

Stay tuned! We’ll be back in February 2013 with an all new Busted Halo FAST PRAY GIVE Lenten Calendar! Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday ASH WEDNESDAY 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 MARCH 1 2 3…

September 2nd, 2011

the streets of Marrakech on the final night of Ramadan The streets of Marrakech, Morocco are the craziest I have ever walked and thank God I was able to do so in the company of friends and not alone. I flew in on Tuesday, my buddy Brendan and his w…

June 7th, 2011

Good for you for taking your Lenten fast so seriously! During the season of Lent, the practices of prayer, fasting and almsgiving are meant to help us turn away from whatever has derailed us along the way and turn back to God. By giving up dessert…

June 2nd, 2011
Reviving an abstinence tradition that never really went away

Grilled shrimp and asparagus © 2011 Phil Fox Rose A few weeks ago, when the bishops of England and Wales decided to reestablish the practice of abstaining from meat on Fridays, I had been thinking about the issue already after seeing friends strugg…

March 10th, 2010

You’re out with your friends on a Friday night and suddenly you notice that one of them has switched from his favorite microbrew to… lemonade? Is it time for Lent already? Giving up something for Lent sometimes evokes head-scratching in non-Cathol…

March 2nd, 2010
No one's perfect... just start fresh today

I have something to confess… It was late, I was out, I was hungry, and nothing else was open, so I went into a pizza shop looking for some garlic knots, which they were out of, and found myself confronted with pizza (cue the lightening flash…

February 9th, 2010
O'Keefe arrest shows dangers of conservatives' love affair with Rules for Radicals

Conservatives have long criticized the lingering effects of the 1960s, and not without reason. The legacy of the “Love Generation” — or, as renamed by some disaffected ex-members, the “Destructive Generation” — i…

February 2nd, 2010
Busted Halo's 2010 FastPrayGive Lent calendar needs you!

Last year’s FastPrayGive Lent calendar was an enormous success.  The idea behind it was that we wanted people to look at the Lenten season as more than just a time to give up chocolate. Every day we offered readers a Daily Jolt moment of inspi…

August 17th, 2009
Catholic, Protestant, Jewish and Muslim leaders discuss the spiritual and religious challenges students face in college

One of the guiding principles behind Busted Halo has always been that the journey in search of deeper meaning—that countless young adults are already on—is an inherently spiritual one. The transition to college life can be particularly difficult;…

April 9th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar. Good Friday We’re letting you see Good Friday early, so you can be prepared to observe what we’re asking of you. “Were you there, when they crucified my Lord?” The haunting sounds of this old sp…

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 bre…

March 14th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar. 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 ord…

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 bre…

March 5th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar. 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….

February 27th, 2009

Return to the Lent calendar. 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 i…

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 da…

February 24th, 2009
Busted Halo's Ash Wednesday Challenge

It’s an experience that any Catholic will understand. You decide that you’d like to stop by church on Ash Wednesday to get the obligatory ashes on your forehead and you get in line with everyone else who has had the same idea. While wai…

February 24th, 2009
besides giving up chocolate

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for the Easter season when Christians are called to renew their commitments to spiritual practices like Fasting, Prayer, and Almsgiving. The season is intended as a time for per…

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