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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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“We must say it plainly: the Roman rite as we knew it exists no more. It has gone. Some walls of the structure have fallen, others have been altered—we can look at it as a ruin or as the partial foundation of a new building. Think back, if you remember it, to the Latin sung High Mass with Gregorian chant. Compare it with the modern post-Vatican II Mass. It is not only the words, but also the tunes and even certain actions that are different. In fact it is a different liturgy of the Mass.”
— Fr. Joseph Gelineau (1978)

"Beauty" by Most Rev. James D. Conley (Bishop of Lincoln, Nebraska)
published 18 December 2013 by Jeff Ostrowski

Creek monks ERE AT WATERSHED we talk an awful lot about “beauty.” There really isn’t another word for “beauty” and perhaps we overuse that word.

“Beautiful” has many definitions. A decent one is “something in which man takes delight.” Another might be, “something which shines forth because of its perfection.” As we’ll see in a minute, many different kinds of things can have “perfection.” Years ago, like James D. Conley, I took courses with Dennis B. Quinn, who founded the 1970s Integrated Humanities Program with John Senior and Franklyn Nelick. If you’ve never heard of it, I encourage you to Google it.

I’m horrible when it comes to poetry, but anybody who studied the “Poetic Method” with these KU professors had to memorize this awesome poem:

My heart leaps up when I behold
A rainbow in the sky:
So was it when my life began;
So is it now I am a man;
So be it when I shall grow old,
Or let me die!
The Child is father of the Man;
And I could wish my days to be
Bound each to each by natural piety.

Pretty amazing … young children understand beauty. And so do adults. So do the elderly.

Anyway, Bishop Conley has written a long article for Crisis Magazine about beauty, the Catholic Faith, and the Integrated Humanities Program. Highly recommended! For a PDF version, click here.