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Show Notes for Thursday, 2/25/2021

Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Rita Heikenfeld from abouteating.com to talk about fasting breads and share a recipe. Other guests include pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast with a Catholic take on cognitive therapy, Dr. Kevin Vost with St. Thomas Aquinas’ thoughts on Purgatory, and Catherine Fishlock to give a crash course in liturgical music. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…

Stephanie Mann is online at supremacyandsurvival.blogspot.com.

Dr. John Bergsma is online at Franciscan.edu.

Rita Heikenfeld is online at abouteating.com.

Catherine Fishlock is online at stgertrude.org.

Fr. Boniface Hicks is online at fatherboniface.org.

Dr. Kevin Vost is online at drvost.com.

Kevin Prendergast and Ken Craycraft are online at athenaeum.edu.

Brandon McGinley, author of The Prodigal Church.

Fr. Sebastian Walshe, author of Secrets from Heaven.

Mike Murray is online at covingtoncharities.org.

Elizabeth Scalia is online at TheAnchoress.com.

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Morning Offering of St. Therese of Lisieux

O my God! I offer Thee all my actions of this day for the intentions and for the glory of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. I desire to sanctify every beat of my heart, my every thought, my simplest works, by uniting them to Its infinite merits; and I wish to make reparation for my sins by casting them into the furnace of Its Merciful Love.

O my God! I ask of Thee for myself and for those whom I hold dear, the grace to fulfill perfectly Thy Holy Will, to accept for love of Thee the joys and sorrows of this passing life, so that we may one day be united together in heaven for all Eternity. Amen.

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This makes 3 medium loaves.

Ingredients:
3 cups white flour
4 cups whole wheat flour
1 tablespoon salt
1 cup raisins, fresh chopped apple, chopped dried apricots, figs, cherries, etc.
1 cup almonds, walnuts or whatever nuts you have on hand
1 tablespoon active dry yeast
½ cup of warm water, 105-115 to proof yeast
2 cups of very hot water
2-3 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup honey
3 tablespoons butter
1 beaten egg
Melted butter for brushing on top
Oats, sesame seeds, poppy seeds for sprinkling on top (optional)

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375.
Blend flours, salt, fruit and nuts in a large bowl. (Blending fruit and nuts into flour keeps them from sinking to the bottom during baking).
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water and let sit until it foams up, a few minutes.
Mix together hot water, honey, oil, butter and egg.
Pour into flour mixture along with yeast mixture and mix well.
Dump out onto floured surface and knead several minutes until bread feels a bit like a baby’s bottom, smooth and soft.
Divide into 3 portions and shape each into a ball.
Place on sprayed parchment lined cookie sheets. I made mounds about 5” across and 1-1/2” or so high. 
Flatten a tiny bit and then cut a cross into each.
Brush all over with melted butter and then, if you want, sprinkle with toppings or leave plain.
Bake on center rack of oven 30 minutes or so, until skewer inserted deep into center comes out clean.
Let cool and enjoy!

Freezes well

INGREDIENTS AND THEIR SYMBOLIC REFERENCES:

Flour – a reminder of the manna given by God to the Hebrews during their forty years in the desert as Moses led them to the promised land.

Yeast– unifying many parts into one; a symbol of the the kingdom of heaven and of the Church.

Salt – Christ said to his Apostles: “You are the salt of the earth.”

Water – Giving life to all things; a symbol of baptism; cleansing. Lenten penances aid the washing away our sins. “He who drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst.” Jn 4: 14

Olive Oil – Acclaimed throughout history as a source of strength, olive oil is used by the Church in the Holy Oils applied in sacramental anointing.

Honey – When honey is warmed up, it flows easily. A reminder of how Jesus’ blood flowed on the cross.

Holy Water – Holy water carries a blessing just by its use and when introduced with the sign of the cross how could this not be an ingredient of fasting bread for Lent?

Fruits and nuts – Found in abundance from prolific trees are reminders of Christ’s command to go forth and “produce good fruit;” Like the fruit of good works and fasting during Lent. Jn 15:16