From a reader…
Lets cut to the chase my soul is torn. I asked the Blessed Mother to save my children and give them Catholic friends (they know NONE right now) I have lived my whole life without knowing someone who is actually simply up and down Catholic. (The Church teaches it they believe it). I am aware that there are no Conservative, progressive, liberal, or traditional Catholics. There are only people who believe the faith and people who don’t (many of the latter wear collars but lets skip that). I have never had the benefit of a latin mass. Till the other day. SSPX mass. My mind is blown small explosion but there you go. I cannot stop going to the NO. The Blessed Mother has explained to me that they need me. That sounds arrogant but that is not entirely what I mean. They need people attempting to be holy. They need grace and someone to ask the Mother of God to merit it. (my merits tend to be things only a mother could love.) Can I go to this mass part time? technically its Valid but not licit which covers every mass I have ever seen in this desert called Australia. I have never seen a mass that requires and instills so much humility. That drives you to humility. Arrogant people can’t sit through that mass. Prideful people cannot sit though that mass, and if they do their pride will surly begin to die or they will stop going. The mass is only in town 2x a month. Can I go to them half the time and go to the NO the other half? My children are getting old enough that they need to hear the faith from someone other than their father. If they are not supported by at least a sub section of society they won’t make it. What do I do here? What is the smart play?
Clearly you are sincere and earnest. Clearly are you concerned to fulfill your vocation as a father. Clearly you have a strong devotion to our Blessed Mother and you approach Holy Mass with piety.
From what you write, I discern that you desire the reverence of the traditional form of Mass. You don’t seem to seek it out in protest against the Novus Ordo. You seem to be saying that you would more happy attend the Novus Ordo Masses available to you if they were celebrated with greater fidelity and reverence.
From what you wrote, I don’t see any problem with attending the SSPX Masses occasionally, and as you describe. I’m glad that you also want to continue to attend your regular parish.
Meanwhile, I can assure you that “arrogant people” can and do “sit through that Mass”. I sense that you are not one of them. At the same time, we are all works in progress. Humble and arrogant alike bend the knee… and learn – some quickly, some over lifetimes – to bend the knee of the heart. It might be helpful to review Luke 18:9-14 before heading off to Mass.
Be good and give a good example.