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98 - Mary and the Blues - Mike Aquilina. CatholicCulture In addition to being the host of Catholic Culture’s Way of the Fathers podcast and the author of dozens of books on the early Church, Mike …More
98 - Mary and the Blues - Mike Aquilina.

CatholicCulture In addition to being the host of Catholic Culture’s Way of the Fathers podcast and the author of dozens of books on the early Church, Mike Aquilina a poet who has written songs performed by the likes of Dion, Paul Simon, and Bruce Springsteen.

Mike joins the show to discuss his collaboration with legendary singer Dion, early Christian beliefs about Mary, and other topics in early Church history. You’ll hear songs from Dion’s new album Blues with Friends, and readings from Mike’s new poetry collection The Invention of Zero.

All songs and music videos used with permission from Dion.

CONTENTS
[3:16] Mike’s prolific 2020 in books, poetry and music
[5:49] Working with Dion on his album Blues with Friends
[10:04] “Song for Sam Cooke (Here in America)”
[20:24] Dion's influence on the greats of rock’n’roll
[25:50] “Told You Once in August”
[33:20] Early Jewish and pagan attacks on Mary
[38:37] What we can learn from apocryphal texts
[43:52] Evidence for early belief in Mary’s Assumption
[51:27] “New York is My Home” with Dion and Paul Simon
[59:40] What was the agape meal and why did it disappear after the early years of Christianity?
[1:04:37] Mike reads poems from The Invention of Zero
[1:10:47] Making the Way of the Fathers podcast
[1:15:50] “Hymn to Him”
[1:21:57] Dion's return to Catholicism via St. Augustine