One year today the text of Summorum Pontificum was released.
I clearly recall having gathered the necessary bottles of Veuve Clicquot and getting up at oh-dark-hundred to use my access to the Holy See Press’ Offices embargo area to find the text and compare it to the advance copy just to be sure they matched.
Hitting that enter key to post about it was a real joy. It was a joy that persists.
Every time I can post a positive story about the fruits of the implementation of Summorum Ponitificum I am a happy man.
Noteworthy among its fruits is how we see more and more what a great gift it is to priests.
When priests learn to say the older form of Mass, something inside them changes.
There are things in the older Mass which speak to priesthood, who the priest is at the altar and who he is for people, which simply are not discerned through the newer form of Mass. The priest learns something vital about what Mass is and who he is in it and through it.
Once a priest learns to say the older Mass, he never says the Novus Ordo the same way again.
This, naturally, will create a ripple effect in parishes.
I focus on this one dimension of the fruits of the Motu Proprio, though there are many others we can distinguish, because I think it may be the most important of them all.
However, I would very much like to hear what you think are the fruits of Summorum Pontificum.
What has the Motu Proprio meant for you?
Even if you have not in a concrete way been able, yet, to benefit from the older Mass in your area, it still may be bearing fruits for you, even through what you hear others are doing.
Please share some of your thoughts.
Let’s make this one of those threads where you simply post your own reflections and thoughts without reacting directly to others to trying to engage them in conversation. We had another thread like this, about your first experiences of an old Mass, and it was stunningly interesting. Let’s do that same things here.
Your reflections on Summorum Pontificum one year later. Brief, clear, and yours.