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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 lives with his wife and two children.
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“I still haven’t made up my mind whether I shall publish it all. Some people are so humorless, so uncharitable, and so absurdly wrong-headed, that one would probably do far better to relax and enjoy life than worry oneself to death trying to instruct or entertain a public which will only despise one’s efforts, or at least feel no gratitude for them. Most readers know nothing about canon law. Many regard it with contempt and find everything heavy going that isn’t completely lowbrow. Some are so grimly serious that they disapprove of all humor. Others come to different conclusions every time they stand up or sit down. They seize upon your publications, as a wrestler seizes upon his opponent’s hair, and use them to drag you down, while they themselves remain quite invulnerable, because their barren pates are completely bald, so there’s nothing for you to get hold of.”
— St. Thomas More to Peter Gilles, 1516

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"The Most Beautiful Thing This Side Of Heaven"
published 25 March 2014 by Jeff Ostrowski

EADERS OF THIS BLOG have probably noticed that we eschew posting videos. The reasons behind our eschewal are many and weighty. However, today we make an exception for this sermon by Christopher Smith, a very wise priest:

Two brief points:

1.) I like how Fr. Smith points out that Dom Guéranger bought (i.e. purchased) the monastery of Solesmes. This is something I often mention, but people think I’m making it up!

2. I have a slight quibble with the name “Audio Sancto” and its sister company “Audio Sancto” … what do those mean? I asked two priests, both of whom have taught Latin for more 30 years. They agree that these terms are incorrect and/or unidiomatic. Can anyone explain to me what they’re trying to say? I’m not sure why it bothers me so much to hear those phrases.