How Are You Doing?

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, and using our Slip Support Station on Facebook you can share your struggles with the rest of us!

Now, like any good schoolteacher, we are asking for some progress reports. Tell us how you are doing. Tell us about any specific challenges that have troubled and/or invigorated you. Give us your feedback on why this Lent challenge has appealed to you and what we can do to make it even more challenging.

showusyourbowls1Also, in the spirit of our “Show us your ash,” now we are asking you to “Show us your bowls.” Send a picture of your own FastPrayGive bowl and the progress you have had in contributing to it so far ( The bowl that is the most appealing to us (hmmm…what does THAT mean?) will win a selected book from our Halo Store along with an extra 5 entries into our Grand Prize drawing for the Lent Basket which includes a custom Busted Halo iPod Nano! Don’t forget to show us your bowls:

The FastPrayGive challenges we have coming up for you are designed to stimulate and test you in the best possible way. Keep the comments coming and don’t forget to keep entering our email contest to win daily prizes and have a chance to win our Busted Halo Lent Basket.

Our favorite comments:

Sr. Bernadette :: February 24th, 2009 at 9:12 pm

This is a wonderful way of taking a centuries old tradition in the Church that has spoken to people and bringing it into the communication age. Good going! (I shrive! I peeked too!)

L2 :: February 25th, 2009 at 12:52 pm

I almost feel guilty that I’ll be enjoying Lent so much this year. The combination of learning, loving, and “lenting” will really help me to fully focus and reflect each day.

Gene Toland :: February 26th, 2009 at 5:52 pm

Terrific idea…shows fearless imaginaiton at work!

Mindy :: February 24th, 2009 at 10:09 am
…keep up the holy humor! WE all need it in our lives! Life is way too serious enough! Thanks for this wonderful Lenten calendar, et al. I am loading it up for my students! they love the humor! Makes us more human!

Karla :: February 25th, 2009 at 3:07 pm

…As a life long catholic, I think this will be one of the best lents ever – I’m sick of giving up chocolate, it never felt like something that had anything to do with my spirituality and 16 years of catholic education never provided me with an opportunity for spiritual growth like what I believe your Pray Fast Give lenten challenge will provide.

Brett wrote at the Slip Station
I want everyone to know that I have not had ONE DROP of hot sauce since Lent began. It has not been easy. I almost folded at the burrito shop, but then turned and ran away from the temptation. which of course was weird for everyone else there.