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Award-winning website and radio show. Tune in to The Busted Halo Show with Father Dave Dwyer, weekdays 6 pm - 8 pm ET on The Catholic Channel Sirius XM channel 129

Mission: Our vision is for a more joyful and meaningful experience of Catholicism that positively impacts people's lives.

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“We long for something much more beautiful than what you’re going to find on some website.” Jason Evert, Catholic speake...
01/28/2021
Jason Evert on Freedom From Lust

“We long for something much more beautiful than what you’re going to find on some website.” Jason Evert, Catholic speaker, author and founder of The Chastity Project, joins Father Dave on today’s podcast to share his new program and book, “Forged: 33 Days Towards Freedom,” a resource for men that addresses struggles with chastity from a fully human perspective. Listen to their conversation about accountability and hope.

Jason Evert, Catholic speaker, author, and founder of The Chastity Project, discusses his new program created with Matt Fradd, “Forged: 33 Days Towards Freedom.”

01/28/2021
Fr. Dave answers your questions of faith

Fr. Dave answers your questions of faith! Here's what we answered:

4:30 >> Because there are thousands of saints, multiple saints share the same feast day. For example, on January 5, we celebrated St. John Neumann. Why does he get "top billing" on that day? There are other saints who also share that feast day who we never, if ever hear about. -- Michael

22:50 >> What is a Canticle? - Amy

29:00 >> Do you have some guidance about how to combat negativity from COVID restrictions in the community? For example, some are getting angry at others for not wearing masks or hanging out with their families instead of isolating, etc. How do we help others to find empathy instead of hostility? Are there any verses that come to mind? -- Christy

To echo some other requests - suggestion how to deal with the conflict in our local parish communities due to political differences - it seems each side is very judgement of the other viewpoint - words please on how to NOT be judge mental and words please, when attacked verbally by someone on other side of debate - Sally

"I want the suffering to go, but God doesn’t always fix things right away. It is present in every life, even Christ’s, a...
01/27/2021
Accompanying My Daughter Through Illness, and Learning to Rely on God | Busted Halo

"I want the suffering to go, but God doesn’t always fix things right away. It is present in every life, even Christ’s, and through prayer and meditation I have come to realize that I am in some way sharing in Christ’s suffering. Sometimes, when I lose feelings of faith, I share in the silence of the tomb, where our Lord and Savior lies on Good Friday.”

God is always with us in times of suffering, but if you or a loved one has ever battled a health issue, you know how challenging it can be to be patient and understand that his intervention is not always instantaneous. Today’s reflection comes from a parent who struggled with this very idea and shares her journey towards learning to rely on God.

The pain of watching my daughter suffer through an eating disorder made me rely on God like never before.

Do you have a question of faith for Father Dave? Join us on Thursday for our next Facebook Live!
01/26/2021

Do you have a question of faith for Father Dave? Join us on Thursday for our next Facebook Live!

“Saint Elizabeth wasn’t always a holy Carmelite, she started out with a busted halo.” Author Claire Dwyer joins Father D...
01/26/2021
A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity

“Saint Elizabeth wasn’t always a holy Carmelite, she started out with a busted halo.” Author Claire Dwyer joins Father Dave on today’s podcast to discuss the relatable wisdom of St. Elizabeth of the Trinity. Listen to their conversation to learn about how, even though she only lived to the age of 26, Saint Elizabeth’s life and spiritual writing are still reaching people in a meaningful way.

Claire Dwyer, Editor of Spiritualdirection.com discusses her new book, “The Present Paradise: A Spiritual Journey with St. Elizabeth of the Trinity.”

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. It’s an especially meaningf...
01/25/2021

Today, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle. It’s an especially meaningful day for our founding religious community, the Paulist Fathers, who celebrate today as their feast day! St. Paul’s missionary zeal and desire to preach to all people is at the heart of who the Paulists are and inspires the work we do at Busted Halo, every day.

The life of a missionary worker is often a mix of experiencing the work of God first-hand with missing events, people, f...
01/25/2021
Always Missing Something: What Missionary Work Taught Me About Longing for Home | Busted Halo

The life of a missionary worker is often a mix of experiencing the work of God first-hand with missing events, people, foods and other familiar comforts of home. How does a person process these different emotions? Read Alyson Rockhold’s article about her experiences with it and how she balances her lives in both Tanzania and Texas.

Alyson Rockhold shares how, during missionary work in Tanzania, God used her longing for home to teach her a lesson about prayer and Heaven.

"We all know living the holy life isn’t easy. It takes a lot of humility and self-sacrifice, and maybe life’s interrupti...
01/24/2021
How to See Life's Interruptions as Blessings | Busted Halo

"We all know living the holy life isn’t easy. It takes a lot of humility and self-sacrifice, and maybe life’s interruptions are God’s way of reminding us of that. If serving others is an act of the highest form of love, then we honor God every time we answer that 'bell,' especially if we don’t want to, but choose to anyway for the sake of the one ringing it."

We all know living the holy life isn’t easy. It takes a lot of humility and self-sacrifice, and maybe life’s interruptions are God’s way of reminding us of that.

What better way to make authentic connections than to be yourself? Writer Jeff Syblik reflects on his journey with creat...
01/24/2021
Eccentric Evangelism: How I Use My Quirks to Spread the Gospel | Busted Halo

What better way to make authentic connections than to be yourself? Writer Jeff Syblik reflects on his journey with creativity and sharing the Gospel, and how those two are more related than you might think. Learn about how connecting to your creative self might just be the evangelization tool you’ve been looking for.

Sharing the gospel in a way that’s authentic to you, no matter how different it might look -- that’s the core of evangelization.

At Busted Halo, we recognize the fear and anxiety in the air as we all continue to grapple with the effects of the COVID...
01/23/2021
Keeping the Faith During the Time of Coronavirus | Busted Halo

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.

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.

"But I’ll tell you, God can use anything for good, even the tragedy of suicide. I hope these books that Bishop and I hav...
01/23/2021
Grieving a Loved One’s Loss to Suicide

"But I’ll tell you, God can use anything for good, even the tragedy of suicide. I hope these books that Bishop and I have written, and these ministries, can bring hope and comfort to people who are living with these illnesses and their family members. People affected by suicide have a lot to offer us, it’s not just us ministering to them. They can minister to us. They have a great deal to offer us with their deep understanding of empathy and suffering.”

Bishop John Dolan and Deacon Ed Schoener discuss their Catholic resources “When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope and Healing for Grieving Catholics” and “Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders.”

Your spiritual life is ultimately a journey with God. It’s very likely that you’ll experience moments of doubt and insec...
01/22/2021
Why Spiritual Direction Is Good for My Soul | Busted Halo

Your spiritual life is ultimately a journey with God. It’s very likely that you’ll experience moments of doubt and insecurity when it comes to your faith. That’s why Sarah Coffey recommends seeking guidance from a spiritual director, both when you’re experiencing struggles and when you’re feeling spiritually content.

Here are some reasons why seeing a spiritual director regularly is good for my soul -- and can be for yours, too.

Bishop John Dolan, a member of the Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry, and Deacon Ed Schoener, founder of the...
01/21/2021
Grieving a Loved One’s Loss to Suicide

Bishop John Dolan, a member of the Catholic Institute for Mental Health Ministry, and Deacon Ed Schoener, founder of the Katie Foundation, recently joined Father Dave on the Busted Halo Show to discuss their new resources for individuals and communities grieving the loss of loved ones to suicide. For links to those resources and to hear their conversation, listen to our latest podcast.

Bishop John Dolan and Deacon Ed Schoener discuss their Catholic resources “When A Loved One Dies by Suicide: Comfort, Hope and Healing for Grieving Catholics” and “Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders.”

“Consistency is key. Be yourself. God does the rest.” Sharing the Gospel is a unique experience that can strengthen our ...
01/20/2021
Eccentric Evangelism: How I Use My Quirks to Spread the Gospel | Busted Halo

“Consistency is key. Be yourself. God does the rest.” Sharing the Gospel is a unique experience that can strengthen our own faith. Allowing God to guide the way and embracing what makes you unique to share the Gospel can lead to more authentic connections. Learn more about unique ways to evangelize in today’s article.

Sharing the gospel in a way that’s authentic to you, no matter how different it might look -- that’s the core of evangelization.

Suffering can be hard enough to understand as a faithful Catholic, but how do we talk about it with nonbelievers? Listen...
01/19/2021
How Can I Explain to Others Why God Allows Suffering? | Busted Halo

Suffering can be hard enough to understand as a faithful Catholic, but how do we talk about it with nonbelievers? Listen to Father Dave answer a listener’s question of faith about how to live out our faith in the face of great difficulty.

Father Dave offers some fatherly advice to a caller asking an age-old question: Why would a good God allow us to suffer?

Today is officially observed as a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. If y...
01/18/2021
3 Saints Who Confronted Injustice Head-On | Busted Halo

Today is officially observed as a National Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. If you are looking for ways to take today to engage in service for your community, check out our article for some saintly inspiration.

Here are three Catholic saints who lived out their faith on the front lines of injustice, acting with love, mercy and charity in some amazing and unifying ways.

Is it one of your New Year's resolutions to become more financially fit? Statistically, today is the day you are most li...
01/17/2021
Caitlyn Kano on Faith and Finance

Is it one of your New Year's resolutions to become more financially fit? Statistically, today is the day you are most likely to lose steam on the goals you set on January 1, also known as "Quitter's Day." Here to give you a boost of motivation to reach your financial goals is our podcast with Caitlyn Kano, Executive Director of Compass Catholic Ministries. Listen here:

Caitlyn Kano. Executive Director of Compass Catholic ministries, discusses financial wellness and what role our faith can play in decisions about money.

What do St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Maria Faustina all have in common? They all wrote diaries t...
01/16/2021
3 Ways to Deepen Your Faith by Reading the Saints’ Diaries | Busted Halo

What do St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Teresa of Avila, and St. Maria Faustina all have in common? They all wrote diaries that everyone can read! If you are looking for book recommendations for the long weekend, read our latest article from writer Theresa Kiser to learn more about the spiritual benefits of reading the saints’ diaries.

Three less-obvious reasons why the saints’ diaries can be such a valuable asset to our modern faith life.

“We must put aside our stereotypes and fears and look at one another as brothers and sisters made in the image of God.” ...
01/15/2021
Faith in Action: Resources for Today's Anti-Racist Catholic | Busted Halo

“We must put aside our stereotypes and fears and look at one another as brothers and sisters made in the image of God.” Ahead of this weekend’s remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s leadership working for Civil Rights in the United States, we invite you to read Dr. Ansel Augustine’s reflection on social justice, equality, and right to life issues in America. If you’re looking for even more resources from Catholic community members for how we can promote peace and unity, check out Busted Halo’s resource guide, here.

As Catholics, we are called to recognize the dignity of every human life. Scripture tells us we are all made in the image and likeness of God, and our faith calls us to treat each other accordingly.

Fr. Dave and Dan Cellucci, CEO of the Catholic Leadership Institute, are discussing a tough question on today’s podcast:...
01/14/2021
What if They Don't Come Back to the Pews?

Fr. Dave and Dan Cellucci, CEO of the Catholic Leadership Institute, are discussing a tough question on today’s podcast: What if parishioners don’t come back to their churches when the Sunday obligation is reinstated? Listen to their ideas for keeping parishes vibrant in a post-pandemic world.

Dan Cellucci, CEO of the Catholic Leadership Institute, discusses his OSV Initiative Talk, “What If They Don’t Come Back?”

01/14/2021
Fr. Dave & Jen answering your questions of faith in 2021!

Fr. Dave & Jen answered your questions of faith in 2021!

3:01 >> How can we examine our consciences for sins of omission?

9:45 >> Can we pray for the end of an abusive relationship?

15:28 >> Did Jesus ever tell a joke? Are there examples of his sense of humor in the New Testament?

18:00 >> What is a good first communion gift for my child?

22:34 >> How do we get past the recent political events and have conversations with those who think they were okay?

34:58 >> How will churches be distributing ashes safely this year?

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A symbol of compassion to the world, and a living witness to the thirsting love of God, Mother Teresa of Calcutta left a testament of unshakable faith, invincible hope and extraordinary charity. She is remembered as a pillar of compassion, a voice for the poor and a modern-day saint. This rosary is a great way to remind us of her philosophy of love and generosity. Sodalite is well-known for its rich blue color intermingled with white calcite and seems to fit quite nicely as the bead of choice for this heirloom quality rosary which commemorates St. Teresa of Calcutta. Whether for yourself or as a gift for a loved one, this classic sacramental will surely be cherished for decades to come!
Thank you so much Team Busted Halo letting me play “What Did I Just Say.” I had a blast. Also thank you for my gift certificate to the Busted Halo store. You guys are so much fun, I really enjoy your show.
i am reading a book called "lost Christianities" and it mentions that some early forms of Christianity believed that there were as many as 365 gods. needless to say this is an interesting book.
Amethyst is one of the best known of the semi-precious gemstones. For those born in the month February, it is also their birthstone! An heirloom quality rosary made of semi precious amethyst beads makes a thoughtful birthday gift for that special someone in your life! In addition, often associated with ecclesiastical dignity and traditionally worn during Lent or Advent, purple represents penance, preparation, and sacrifice. Finally, this traditional, five decade rosary makes an ideal gift for an RCIA candidate or sponsor! Whether for yourself or for a loved one, this sacramental will surely be cherished for decades to come. Check it out today!
It is that time of year once again when we begin to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. Resolving to pray the rosary daily would be a wonderful resolution to consider! A good way to help keep the resolution spark alive is to have a special rosary that looks and feels great in your hand. We offer rosaries made from a number of natural materials with a variety of bead sizes and weights…. Some feel very substantial and some are very light weight. We have a rosary to suit almost everyone. Take a look at our many offerings, and make the resolution to pray the rosary each day in 2021 and for decades to come!
I had this question posed to me regarding the chalking of 20+C+M+B+21 for the Epiphany . Thoughts? So if you’re not supposed to erase it but did it last year, do you erase it and rewrite or just correct the last number?
Its that time of year once again when we begin to think about our New Year’s Resolutions. Resolving to pray the rosary daily would be a wonderful resolution to consider! A good way to help keep the resolution spark alive is to have a special rosary that looks and feels great in your hand. We offer rosaries made from a number of natural materials with a variety of bead sizes and weights…. Some feel very substantial and some are very light weight. We have a rosary to suit almost everyone. Take a look at our many offerings, and make the resolution to pray the rosary each day in 2021 and for decades to come!
A His & Hers rosary set makes a lovely and thoughtful gift to commemorate a blessed occasion such as an engagement, a wedding or even to thank Godparents for accepting the important and awesome responsibility. We have a wide selection of handmade, heirloom quality, rosaries from which to choose. We are also more than happy to customize a design to be a perfect match for these significant people.
Merry Christmas from St. Patrick - Havre de Grace, MD
On FORMED this week: The Story of the Nativity: The Truth of Christmas The story of the birth of Jesus is often misunderstood. But this fast-paced, thought-provoking look at the true story of the Nativity clears away widespread misunderstandings of Jesus' origin. Join top scholars, inspirational speakers, and popular authors as they explain the story behind the story of the birth of Jesus. The Story of the Nativity also includes stunning works of art depicting the biblical story, from Fra Angelico to Rembrandt, and footage from the Holy Land showing the places where the Christmas story actually took place. Explore the true story of Mary and Joseph, Jesus's miraculous conception, the birth of John the Baptist, the journey of Mary and Joseph to Bethlehem, the Star of Bethlehem, and the birth of Jesus. This is an invaluable tool for believer and unbeliever alike to learn more about Jesus of Nazareth and about the truth of Christmas. https://watch.formed.org/the-story-of-the-nativity-the-truth-of-christmas
What a wonderful post from someone who rediscovered her faith... Hello, my name is Natalie. I am an artist, performer, and photographer living in Michigan with my loving family. Thanks to quarantine, I recently discovered how to roast a turkey, repair a fence, and have an impressive list of shows I’ve streamed on my Apple TV. In spite of that, this year has been tough for me, like it has for so many others. I discovered Busted Halo during the beginning of the 2020 quarantine. Though I was at home physically, I felt lost and fearful in my spiritual home. I felt disconnected from my community and my church. Looking out my windows at grey landscapes, converting my home into a workspace, and hunting for paper towels while the news became more and more grim – it was all so scary and surreal. While the world was shutting its doors, I started to ask myself the question: What could I open? That’s when, through an act of God, or perhaps an act of Instagram algorithm, I found Busted Halo and a video called “Lent in Three Minutes.” Seeking spiritual fulfillment, I started to relearn the journey of Jesus, the sacrifice, and the power of the Holy Spirit. I was rediscovering my faith, all of it familiar but a little forgotten. One afternoon, I must have gone through all of the Busted Halo pages! One article in particular stuck out to me, “Keeping the Faith During the Time of Coronavirus.” It was a treasure trove of resources to help when feeling overwhelmed, alone, and worried. I felt a shift under my feet, an opening, an understanding. I was reminded that I needed to open my heart, let go and trust, and to let love in because no matter what happens in life, God is there. So, I started my spiritual work with the help of Busted Halo. I’m a work in progress...but I can say the journey of faith is worth it, all of it. Thank you, Busted Halo, for helping me rebuild the bridge to my faith and feel God’s love. While I pray every night for these difficult times to end so we can all be together again, I now feel more at peace. Blessings to you, my new Busted Halo family! Natalie P.S. I finally found paper towels, too!
Name your idea Priest in a car Eating Fast Food, like Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.