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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 soul is distracted from that which is sung by a chant that is employed for the purpose of giving pleasure. But if the singer chant for the sake of devotion, he pays more attention to what he says, both because he lingers more thereon, and because, as Augustine remarks (Confess. x, 33), “each affection of our spirit, according to its variety, has its own appropriate measure in the voice, and singing, by some hidden correspondence wherewith it is stirred.” The same applies to the hearers, for even if some of them understand not what is sung, yet they understand why it is sung, namely, for God's glory: and this is enough to arouse their devotion.
— St. Thomas Aquinas

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“The World” • What is the world?
published 29 March 2017 by Jeff Ostrowski

Bishop Gracida explains what “the world” is in this 2010 video:


This was filmed when I still worked at Corpus Christi Cathedral. The green 1970s carpet was still in the Sanctuary. Later on, Fr. Lopez would have the carpet removed, revealing the beautiful marble underneath—a fantastic improvement. That carpet never should have been added to the Sanctuary, but there was a movement in the 1970s to make Sanctuaries resemble one’s living room. Sometimes they even installed curtains (like a Church in Lawrence, KS).