At Busted Halo, we recognize the fear and anxiety in the air as we all continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID-19 virus on our nation and world. We hope that Busted Halo can help you navigate this time of uncertainty with a spirit of calm, hope, and faith. Please know that we’re keeping you in our prayers, and we invite you to pray for the sick, the healthcare workers and those on the front lines of the crisis, and for healing for all.
Read on for resources that may help during this time:
Keeping the Faith in the Time of Coronavirus (Facebook Live)
Father Dave reflects on the current state of the country in light of COVID-19, answers questions of faith, and offers a prayer for hope and healing in this Facebook Live broadcast.
The Paulist Fathers (the community of priests behind Busted halo) are broadcasting all Masses from their New York City motherhouse via Facebook Live broadcasts. Tune in daily at 12:10 p.m. EST, and Sundays at 10:00 a.m. EST (English), 12:30 p.m. EST (Spanish) and 5:15 p.m. EST (English).
Father Dave preaches on the Gospel reading in which Jesus meets the Samaritan woman at the well. He relates this to our current experience of social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
“This Lent, it feels like God is trying to get our attention. A forced time out, if you will. Not just from our comfortable routines and “safe” lives, but from our hectic lives. Our over-scheduled days. Our focus on material things and worldly status. It’s a time out from focusing on politics and fighting over social issues and turning to the things that matter most in this life: God and each other.” Read on for Christina Antus’ personal reflection on daily life during a difficult time.
Stress, anxiety, and the emotions that accompany crisis are often described as feeling like giant waves crashing around you. Calm your heart and your spirit by taking some time to reflect on where you have been, where you are, and where you would like to go.
5 Psalms for When You’re Sick (Essay)
It can be tough to find comfort for your soul when your body feels so wretched. Thankfully, the Bible offers a wealth of encouragement for such times. If you’ve ever read the Book of Psalms, you know that these ancient prayers of praise (and sometimes even anger or despair) resonate on a deep level even today. Though you may have read the psalms in the midst of other trials in the past, perhaps it’s time for a fresh look at how they can serve as a source of hope and comfort for illness.
Virtual Stations of the Cross (Video)
Busted Halo has created a series of virtual stations designed for personal devotion. These stations relate to Jesus’ teachings about the Kingdom of God and the reason his vision of this Kingdom led to his death. Find a quiet place to watch these stations, and as you do the devotions be open to how God is speaking to you through the Stations of the Cross.
Go Into the Desert this Lent (Video)
We’re inviting you into the desert: a quiet place with less of us and more of God. The desert offers solitude as well as temptation. And it means something a little different to everyone. Watch this short, meditative video that will help you wander into your own desert this Lent.
“As a Catholic who has suffered from depression and anxiety, at times, I have struggled to feel like Jesus, savior of the world who can raise the dead, can understand what it’s like to be the imperfect human that is me. At least, that was what I thought until recently while reading the story of Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane …” Read on for Danielle Vaclavik, Ph.D.’s personal reflection on uniting her suffering to Christ’s passion and death.
A man who has recently converted to Catholicism calls the Busted Halo Radio Show looking for some advice about strengthening his faith and finding community.
Lent Movie Marathon (Essay)
If you’re stuck inside, check out our list of must-see films with Catholic themes that you can build your own Lenten movie marathon around.
Even if your Lent is looking differently than you imagined, you can still follow along with our digital calendar that will inspire you to fast, pray, and give with us this season.
If you find yourself in need of community, try this creative way to add some spiritual reflection to your day-to-day this Lent, and connect with others from across the globe.
“Prayer has the ability not only to bring healing and grace, but to draw me closer to God and align me with his will. Over the years, I’ve experimented with various forms of prayer that have helped yank me out of autopilot and give me a fresh perspective. If you’re in a spiritual slump, try any of the following suggestions to breathe new life into your conversations with God …” If your prayer routine is feeling stagnant, read Sarah Garone’s personal reflection for inspiration.
“Gradually, I’ve begun to explore different types of intercessory prayer (ways to pray for others). From prayer journaling to praying with arts and crafts, here are five ways to get creative with prayer if you’re stuck inside …” If the only way you are able to help others is through prayer, try these ideas from Elizabeth Manneh.