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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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"I am of the opinion, to be sure, that the old rite should be granted much more generously to all those who desire it. It’s impossible to see what could be dangerous or unacceptable about that. A community is calling its very being into question when it suddenly declares that what until now was its holiest and highest possession is strictly forbidden, and when it makes the longing for it seem downright indecent. Can it be trusted any more about anything else? Won’t it proscribe tomorrow what it prescribes today?"
— Pope Benedict XVI, writing in 1997

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“You Will Now Feel These Interior Sentiments…”
published 10 July 2015 by Jeff Ostrowski

WHEN A CHILD IS TAKEN by his parents to Disneyland, he shouldn’t spend the entire time asking, “Are we having fun yet?”  If he does that, he’ll never have any fun!  He ought to focus on having fun, not wondering whether fun is being had.

We recently posted several brilliant video excerpts of Rev. Robert Skeris on EWTN, who mentioned the 1960s “liturgical commentator.” If you don’t know what that is, don’t worry—they didn’t last very long. In any event, the words of Fr. Skeris were brought to mind when I stumbled upon this 1964 book written under the guidance of Msgr. Frederick R. McManus:

526 Frederick McManus


Can you imagine a liturgical commentator standing at the front of Church declaring something like that?

“Alert the people to their responsibility of being actively united with Christ.”

It’s like saying: “Ready to feel interior love for Christ? Three … Two … One … Go!”