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The Catholic Culture Podcast

A weekly podcast hosted by musician and writer Thomas V. Mirus, exploring everything Catholic, with a special focus on arts and culture. Dedicated to the Holy Family. An extension of

Aug 7, 2018

Mike Aquilina has been a highly successful freelance writer for over three decades. He is best known for his popular books on the Fathers of the Church, but he is also a poet and has co-written songs with the well-known blues singer Dion. We chat about the process of collaboration (whether as a ghostwriter or a song lyricist), the trajectory of poetry over the past century, and more.



Mike Aquilina’s website

“New York Is My Home” (a song Mike co-wrote performed by Dion and Paul Simon)

A History of the Church in 100 Objects by Mike & Grace Aquilina

The Fathers of the Church, 3rd Edition by Mike Aquilina

“Hindu Traditions of St. Thomas” at Mike’s blog

“Birdhouse in Your Soul” by They Might Be Giants



Mike Aquilina

2:29 St. Thomas Aquinas’s Eucharistic hymns

5:27 Being a lyricist collaborating with a musician (Dion)

7:05 The fun of ghostwriting

9:18 Prose influences

11:18 Mike’s eclectic career path

13:27 The modern idea of the artist; poetry in the past century

31:39 Life as a full-time freelance writer

32:46 Mike’s work on patristics

35:18 Distilling the scholarship of experts for a popular audience

38:09 More on Mike’s collaboration with Dion

40:24 Having his lyrics sung by Paul Simon

41:31 Chatting about favorite musicians and lyricists

50:18 "Thomas Christians” in India and early Korean Catholicism

53:52 This week’s readings: Clement of Alexandria