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Show Notes for Thursday, 4/23/2020


Good morning! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell welcome Fr. Tad Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center to look at the ethical questions that need to be taken into account while developing a COVID-19 vaccine. Other guests include Rhonda Gruenwald on a prayer campaign to lift up our priests, Kevin Prendergast on tips for keeping your marriage healthy in quarantine, and Joseph Pearce on what Catholics should know about the writings of Geoffrey Chaucer. Plus news, weather, sports, and a whole lot more…

Kevin Prendergast is online at athenaeum.edu.

Joseph Pearce, author of Literature: What Every Catholic Should Know

Rhonda Gruenwald is online at vocationministry.com.

Fr. Tad Pacholczyk is online at ncbcenter.org.

Dr. John Bergsma, author of A Catholic Introduction to the Bible: The Old Testament

Rita Heikenfeld is online at abouteating.com.

Fr. Boniface Hicks, author of Personal Prayer: A Guide to Receiving the Father’s Love

Marlon de la Torre is online at knowingisdoing.org.

Elizabeth Klein, author of God: What Every Catholic Should Know.

Ed Condon is online at catholicnewsagency.com.

Meg Wittman is online at cincinnatirighttolife.org.

Dr. Benjamin Alexander, editor of Good Things out of Nazareth: The Uncollected Letters of Flannery O’Connor and Friends

A Prayer to St. Joseph for Employment

Silent and well-known carpenter in Nazareth, model of workers, by the work of your hands you gave your contribution to the work of the Creator, you earned your living, and you provided for the needs of the Holy Family. Intercede for all workers, in the difficulties of their daily lives especially for the unemployed, in their anxieties for tomorrow, so that through the guidance of God, the great Architect and Builder, they all may use their strength and talents to make visible God’s new creation, to offer a concrete service to society, and to earn wages worthy of their efforts. With confidence and trust we make this prayer through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Corn tortillas give this a Mexican flavor. We like the flavor of corn tortillas; however, flour tortillas work well, too.I like to serve this with bowls of sliced avocado, sour cream and extra Mexican cheese. Adapted from a Holly Clegg recipe.

1 pound ground round or ground sirloin
14.5 oz. can diced tomatoes with juice, either regular or with chilies
4 oz. can diced green chilies, drained, your choice of mild or spicy
2 teaspoons chili powder
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 generous teaspoon minced garlic
Salt and pepper to taste
2 large egg whites
2 cups small curd cottage cheese
4 (6-inch) corn tortillas cut into quarters
Approx. 2 cups frozen corn, thawed completely (opt)
3 cups Mexican blend cheese plus extra for garnish
Fresh cilantro for garnish

Preheat oven 350. Cook meat in skillet until done. Add tomatoes, chilies, chili powder, cumin, garlic, salt and pepper. Stir until blended and set aside. Blend egg whites with cottage cheese and set aside. Spray a 9×13 pan. Cover bottom with 6 quartered tortillas. Layer corn, half of the meat mixture, half of the Mexican cheese, 5 quartered tortillas and all of the cottage cheese mixture. Spread rest of meat mixture on top along with rest of tortillas, and top with rest of cheese. Bake, uncovered, 30-40 minutes. Sprinkle with Cilantro and serve.