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Show Notes for Thursday, 6/13/2024


Happy feast of St. Anthony of Padua! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk about how he came to be the patron saint of lost items. Guests include pastoral counselor Kevin Prendergast, Bible Foods expert Rita Heikenfeld, and Gary Michuta, author of Behind the Bible.


St. Anthony of Padua prayer

St. Anthony, model of great holiness, help me to live as a worthy son/daughter of God, faithful to the promises of my Baptism. You know how serious are the dangers and difficulties of my life. Grant that I may overcome all temptations to evil and have the courage to witness to my faith.

Obtain for me, from Our Divine Savior, a heart that is capable of loving God above all things, and open my soul to a generous and sincere love of my neighbor.

Help me to be willing to assist and serve anyone who is in need. Encourage me by your holy example, so that I may be most open and receptive to God’s perfect and all powerful love. Amen.




Not sure how they’ll taste? Put a small piece in the microwave, then taste for seasonings.


  • 8 long skewers  
  • 1-1/2 to 2 pounds ground beef or lamb
  • 1 small onion, finely minced
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground
  • 2 teaspoons salt or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • Handful fresh parsley, minced
  • One 2” sprig each oregano, mint and basil, leaves minced or 
  • 1 teaspoon each dried oregano, mint and basil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon 


1.Soak skewers, if using wooden, in water while preparing kofta.

2.In large bowl, gently mash beef with potato masher or wooden spoon to break up. Add remaining ingredients and mix gently until well combined. (This can be done up to a day ahead.)

3.Pinch off a little piece and microwave. Adjust seasonings if necessary.

4.Divide mixture into 8 pieces. 

5.Form each piece into a ball around the tip of each skewer. 

6.Flatten each one onto the skewer, making the kebabs about 4-5” long. Pinch the top and bottom edges to seal onto the skewer.  

7.Brush kebabs with olive oil. 

8.Brush grill lightly with olive oil. 

9.Preheat to medium high, 375 degrees.
Grill kebabs until desired doneness, turning several times. 

Yield: 8 kebabs

Serve with grilled pita, tzatziki sauce, hummus, feta, chopped tomatoes, cucumbers, olives.

Good go withs:

Tabouleh salad

Grilled peaches (fill cavity with a dollop of mascarpone or ricotta cheese, then drizzle with honey)


Jason Shanks is online at eucharisticcongress.org.

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