Time and again, priests tell me that when they learn the traditional form of Holy Mass and begin saying it, it changes them profoundly.
Today I received this note from a priest (slightly edited):
I finished the [Saint John Cantius in Chicago] course on the Latin Mass and it was a work of Providence.
This immersion into the Extraordinary Form is proving to be a real renewal of my priesthood.
I’m dedicating this year to the study of the Mass (my daily spiritual reading and whatever free times I find – never seem to materialize….). I’m fortunate that I’ll be at the Carmelite hermitage in ___ next week for my annual retreat and will have a lot of time to go over the rubrics again and celebrate this form every day.
I celebrated the Traditional Latin Mass before today’s exorcism (I usually do them about 4-5 days a week) and the enemy was none too pleased. I’d normally say “offer it up” but it’s too late for him – so, just suffer is all he can do, I suppose.
Thanks for your wonderful blog and God bless your work. I hope to stay in touch.
And God bless you too, Father.
FATHERS: Learn the older, traditional form. Doing so will teach you about who you are. Also, the changes in you and your ars celebrandi will have a knock on effect with all those in your charge. Moreover, you aren’t fully trained in your Rite, in this our Roman, Latin Church, until you do. Yes, this might mean learning Latin.
EVERYONE: Ask, urge, cajole, prod, plead with your priests to learn the older, traditional form. Be willing to pay any price to get him trained up. Find all the materials and things he needs and generously, cheerfully, give them to him. Pray and fast and perform other mortifications in reparation for his failings and ask God to give him strength and good resolve. If he is stubborn ask his Guardian angels and Our Lady, Queen of the Clergy to get on him to learn the older form and open his mind and heart.
We need, now more than ever, the riches that the widespread use of the Usus Antiquior will bring.