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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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“As often as possible they gathered together the children of the village and sat them down in the cabin. Father Brébeuf would put on a surplice and biretta and chant the Our Father, which Father Daniel had translated into Huron rhymes, and the children would chant it after him. Next, he taught them the sign of the cross, the Hail Mary, the Apostles’ Creed, and the Commandments.”
— Biography of St. Jean de Brébeuf

“Lord, take not only my nose…” (Fr. Jogues)
published 29 October 2018 by Jeff Ostrowski

HAVE MUCH MORE I desire to share with you about many different subjects: church music, volunteer choirs, historical pianism, health insurance absurdities, Luca Marenzio, and so forth. But I have been serving on a committee creating the Brébeuf Hymnalwhich is finally complete, and will be available for purchase soon—and this has caused me to neglect some of my blogging activities. Regardless of things I hope to share with you someday, today’s article may be the most important of my life.

James 5:16 says: “When a just man prays fervently, there is great virtue in his prayer.” Unlike Martin Luther, 1 Catholics believe the Bible to be the inspired Word of God. Fr. Isaac Jogues was absolutely a “just man.” Yet, God did not (immediately) grant his prayer:

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The lesson we must learn:

  Almighty God often grants our prayers in ways we do not expect.

Let us pray always, even when it “seems” our prayers go unanswered. Who knows? God may be “shaping” or “forming” our stubborn wills; and that’s a good thing!


1   Martin Luther threw out this book of the Bible. He called it an “Epistle of Straw.” Martin Luther also tossed out several other books of the Bible as uninspired, because he said he “had an aversion” to them. Luther was a heretic.