From a reader (some editing and my emphases):
I have been an avid reader of your blog and I really appreciate the seriousness of the Catholic issues that you present here, as well as your witty, and often humorous remarks.
I wanted to let you and the readers of your blog that I have attended the TLM in five different occasions since April 2012. A small group of friends attended the TLM on that April and we all loved the deep reverence, respect, and the sheer grandeur that the ancient Liturgy expresses. Although, I did not understand much of what was going on, I cannot express in words the way that the Liturgy touched me. The Liturgy speaks the language of the heart; all you have to do is be open to receive the mystery.
I also wanted to share that on the first occasion that I went to St. Anne’s, I felt intimidated by how everyone was dressed for Mass and how it made me reconsider how I was dressing for Mass at my parish. No more jeans and tennis shoes for me, now I dress up. Also on a separate occasion, I took my kids with me and my son, who is 11, heard the Gregorian chant and a big smile came to his face and said “Wow, it sounds like Heaven!” Each time I attend the EF, I learn and experience something new, to me, there isn’t anything like it in the world, and I would not change the EF for anything in the world.
As you can imagine, I am a post Vatican II Catholic who mainly attends the Novus Ordo, and it is not seldom that I feel that we Catholics have been robbedof this magnificent Liturgy. While the liturgies in my area are not the horror stories or kookiness of what occurs in other parishes around the country, or world for that matter
, there are times when I just wish that father would just Say the Black and Do the Red.
Sadly, I live in Yuma, Arizona, and the nearest parish that offers the TLM is St. Anne’s in San Diego, which is a three hour drive each way. In my diocese, the only parish that celebrates the Extraordinary Form is St. Gianna’s Oratory in Tucson, but that’s almost a four hour drive away. Our group is slowly growing of those who are interested in going by each trip we take to St Anne’s. You may call this a sort of “ecclesiastical field trip”, and everyone who comes with us is touched by the Extraordinary Form and wishes they were able to attend more often. When we first started to go as a group, I never imagined that interest in the TLM would grow, now that I hear of other people’s interest in going, I cannot help but smile.
I know that if there was a parish that offered the Extraordinary Form in my area, I would be there every Sunday. Now, we are getting a stable group of people interested in the EF so that we can take the damn training wheels off and ride the bike, as you say.
I hope my story encourages those whom have never experience the EF to attend it with an open heart.
Reason #2 for Summorum Pontificum.