PART 18- Epilogue:
Final thoughts about the 18-part release of my book Constant Procession plus notes on what I learned about producing a weekly podcast.
Below are photos of the system I use to create my podcasts:
Production: Sony Lavaliere Microphone and Zoom H4n Digital Audio Recorder.
Post-Production: Avid Pro-Tools setting in my Media Composer Edit system, then to Itunes for the MP3, then uploaded to my Libsyn account…
Constant Procession tells of key apparitions of the Virgin Mary since she passed on from the world and how she serves humanity through Christianity.
Here are some final thoughts following the completion of the summer re-release of my book Constant Procession and the accompanying podcast. Today I reflect on where we’ve been, giving me a chance to introduce the theme for Season Eight, the next installments of “Constant Procession: The Podcast.”
When I started wondering about the Virgin Mary and the people who ask her to intercede in their prayers to God, the idea never occurred to me to produce a weekly podcast on the remarkable afterlife of the Madonna. Even more unexpected—my path led to the many documented appearances she has made after passing on. Most overwhelming is the fact that her apparitions have influenced humanity across our common history.
My motivation for these podcasts grew in reaction to three events. First was my foray into submitting the book manuscript to publishers, which prompted several polite rejections. The truly frustrating part was the “time suck” awaiting any response to my query/submission letter to other book publishers. When does one stop waiting for a response to a query letter—if ever?
My second motivation for creating these podcasts was the continued emphasis that “authors must have a social media presence, preferably a social media platform.”
The third, and perhaps greatest motivation for producing the podcasts, was in reaction to my travels across Europe and Mexico. In these travels I witnessed awe-inspiring church architecture and magnificent works of religious art from times past.
These priceless endeavors, crafted by the world’s most-celebrated artisans and financed by benefactors who clearly loved God, resulted in magnificent places of worship, second to none in their time. Each one is a masterpiece that accurately reflects the utmost their creative talents could offer to honor God.
In today’s world, these places of worship and heavenly inspired treasures lack appeal when compared to all things modern and all things readily available—virtually at our fingertips.
My motivation heading into Season Eight is to help reinforce the relevance of faith in life.
Toward this end, I present an overview of the last seven seasons and a preview of season eight.
Four of the additional seasons beyond Season One bring to light lesser-known apparitions of the Madonna.
In Season Two, we were introduced to some of the first apparitions of the Madonna, beginning just after Jesus was crucified.
Season Three was a departure from her history. As winter was upon us, I learned a fact that blew me away. The day when most heart attacks occur is Christmas Day. Christmas Day should be stress-free, and even for those who do not believe in the reason for the day, it should be a nice, relaxing day to reflect on the notion of peace on earth.
We took a tour in Season Three, exploring the ways some spiritual communities offset such stress by commencing activities a month before the big day, and how they continue to glorify the birthday of Jesus for the following two weeks after Christmas Day. It’s my hope that Season Three offers ways to have a stress-free, more enjoyable Christmas holiday.
In Season Four, I delved into lesser-known visions of the Madonna appearing to medieval saints in Europe and uncover some remarkable saints who are celebrated in surprising ways around the world today.
In Season Five, I surprised myself by searching beyond the Easter Bunny to find that the Easter season starts the day after Mardi Gras and goes well beyond Easter Day—for as many as fifty more days!
In Season Six, I discovered a relatively recent revival of the Virgin Mary, who’s currently finding her way back to England. Though brief, Season Six surveys Great Britain and offers a snapshot of how the sanctioned destruction of an established church influenced generational attitudes that are apparently being reconsidered in present times.
Coinciding with the re-release of my book, Season Seven was produced based on listener feedback, so each installment runs a bit longer and is free of installments additions.
For Season Eight, I have something unusual in the works about the Madonna—a departure of sorts. Season Eight will be about the LIFE of the Virgin Mary and her unique destiny. I hope you enjoy the new season of Constant Procession and that you’ll tell others about this podcast season.
The origin of these podcasts began with my book; Constant Procession.
(An e-book copy of the book can be found here on the website.)
I’ve read the entire book from cover to cover (Installments 93 – 118) Each installment runs 7 minutes in length.
Installments since Podcast 50 are an extended series of additional stories about the history of the Virgin Mary that are not found in the book.
Constant Procession; the podcast; is published here every Tuesday morning.
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