061: Music Wars with Mike Aquilina

It sounds like a wild exaggeration.

But according to best-selling author Mike Aquilina (a generally trustworthy source), it was music that saved the ancient world from its descent into despair.

My first thought was “Seriously?”

Yep. He’s not kidding.  It’s all in his book “How the Choir Converted the Word: Through Hymns, With Hymns, And In Hymns” from Emmaus Road Publishing. (The book is worth a look for the subtitle alone.)

Given the state of some current liturgical music, I was skeptical to say the least. (I probably should have told the publisher that before I agreed to blurb the book.) But since everything else I ever read by Mike is pure gold, I agreed. I wasn’t disappointed. This book rocks.

Music really did save world.

But it wasn’t without conflict. Music isn’t always used for holy purposes. (Ever been to a Def Leppard concert? Yeah…me neither.) That’s as true today as it was in the ancient world. In case you haven’t noticed, music continues as a battlefront in modern culture.

And it’s a battle we have to win.

So today on the Art of Catholic, we’ll look at how the Church used music to convert the world, as well as how it can happen again. “If we did it once,” says Mike Aquilina, “we can do it again.” So let’s get to it!

In this 2017 kickoff episode, Mike and I discuss:

  • The deep relationship between music and beauty
  • Why trumpets were the electric guitars of the biblical club scene (and even used as weapons)
  • Why the Israelites made the best music in the ancient world
  • The reason early Christians were strangely ambivalent, sometimes even hostile, about music
  • How music brought down one of the most powerful heresies in the history of the Church

All that and much, much more in this incredibly noteworthy episode of the Art of Catholic.

God bless!

Matthew

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051: Clearing Up the Crusades

Defending the Middle Ages with Dr. Andrew Jones

catholic_FINAL_150We’ve all heard it before – “The Catholic Church is all about violence and power. Just look at the Crusades! They’re a perfect example!”

The problem (for critics of the Church) is that idea is horse-hockey.

That said, most of us have little-to-no understanding of the true heart of the Crusades…which is a complete shame. Because the fact is, the reason and rationale for what Pope Urban II began a thousand years ago is way deeper and more spiritual than what most people ever imagine.

So to enlighten us all, I brought in Dr. Andrew Jones, an expert on the High Middle Ages. We’re going to dive into the incredible history and backstory of the Crusades that no one ever talks about. We’re going to uncover what the Crusades were really about.

Among other things, in this episode we’ll explore:

  • imgresWhy the crusaders actually did it (when it cost most their fortunes, not to mention their lives)
  • The deep connection between monasticism and the Crusades
  • The little understood connection between Islam and the development of the Eastern Church
  • Why truly understanding the Roman Empire is a necessity to understanding the Crusades
  • The fascinating connection between Columbus and the Crusades
  • Why the Crusades were nothing less than a ridiculously hardcore pilgrimage

This is one you don’t want to miss. It’s going to totally transform the way you look at the history and spirituality of the Catholic Church.

God bless!

Matthew

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046: St. John Paul II Through the Eyes of a Swiss Guard

Featuring Andreas Widmer

catholic_FINAL_150Pope St. John Paul II is one of the most beloved popes of all time. He touched the lives of millions.

But his impact is far from over.

JPII was a world-class philosopher. He taught us truths about ourselves, and humanity in general, in a way that made sense. He understood our deepest longings and turmoil. He could explain the inner workings of our heart in relation to God. JohannesPaul2-portrait

In a nutshell, he taught us how to be fully human through Jesus Christ.

But while most of us learned this from his speeches, encyclicals, and books, Andreas Widmer, former Swiss Guard and now Director of Entrepreneurship Programs at Catholic University of Americas’ Busch School of Business & Economics, received his instruction in person.

This giant of a man swore to protect and serve the Holy Father with his life.

And in return, he learned what it means to truly live. In fact, he wrote a book about it called The Pope & the CEO: John Paul II’s Leadership Lessons to a Young Swiss Guard.

In this special episode of the Art of Catholic, we’re going to:

  • Hear beautiful stories about what JPII was really like in person
  • Learn about the history and duties of the Swiss Guard
  • Discover the relationship between JPII’s famous Theology of the Body and the world of economics
  • Discuss how JPII’s view of poverty and the human person is necessary to understand the heart of Pope Francis
  • Hear this modern saint’s “simple” rule of life he practiced every day

You don’t get too many opportunities to hear personal witness about a saint. Andreas Widmer gives us that and much more!

Matthew

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