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A theorist, organist, and conductor, Jeff Ostrowski holds his B.M. in Music Theory from the University of Kansas (2004), and did graduate work in Musicology. He serves as choirmaster for the new FSSP parish in Los Angeles, where he resides with his wife and children.
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"The Consilium is merely an assembly of people, many of them incompetent, and others well advanced on the road to novelty. The discussions are extremely hurried. Discussions are based on impressions and the voting is chaotic. […] Many of those who have influenced the reform […] have no love, and no veneration of that which has been handed down to us. They begin by despising everything that is actually there. This negative mentality is unjust and pernicious, and unfortunately, Paul VI tends a little to this side. They have all the best intentions, but with this mentality they have only been able to demolish and not to restore."
— Contemporary account of the Consilium by Cardinal Antonelli

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Learn A New Word, See It Within 24 Hours
published 12 December 2011 by Jeff Ostrowski

As noted in past blogs, after you learn a new word you will often see it again within 24 hours . . . in a completely different context! I think it has to do with the miraculous way God designed the human mind. The human mind “skips” over things which are not apropos of the thing at hand, as well as things with which the mind is not (yet) familiar. However, once an association is made, the mind is then “on the lookout” to notice the new word or phrase. I don’t know if this is the case for everyone, but it is for me.

Let me give just one example:

I was recently reading the Abyssus Abyssum Invocat Blog, and I read an excellent Foreword by Most Reverence Bishop René H. Gracida. Here is an excerpt:


I had never heard of Patrick Cardinal O’Boyle before. Then, a few hours later, I happened to be reading a book by Patrick Buchanan, and I came to this paragraph:

See? It happens every time!