Dear Fr. Zuhlsdorf,
My name is Fr. ___, and I am a priest of the Diocese of ___. I would appreciate it if you would keep my e-mail anonymous.
I wanted to tell you that I am learning the Extraordinary Form, and it has already positively influenced the way I celebrate the Ordinary Form. What a gift! When I work on learning the EF–even though I have not celebrated it yet–I understand my priesthood better.
Thank you for your work.
God bless you!
Thanks for that note.
The additional benefit will be the knock on effect this will create through the way you celebrate also the Ordinary Form.
As I have written many times before, one of the reasons we need wider use of the Extraordinary Form is because of the knock on effect it produces through the priests who learn it. When young priests learn the older, traditional form, it shapes their priestly identity in a way that the Novus Ordo simply cannot. The deepening and strengthening of the identity of the priest at the altar will in turn produce effects among the people who are entrusted to the priests pastoral care.
Fr. Z kudos to Father.