Some feedback from a priest, reacting to my post: ASK FATHER: Mass without proper gear? Pusillanimous stingy ignorant pride.
I am writing simply to share with you my reaction to the four videos you posted showing Masses offered in difficult (to say the least) circumstances among American soldiers. Although you posted them to show how it is both possible and good to offer Mass even in less than I deal circumstances, doing the very best we can and not being hampered by the practically impossible, what struck me deeply about those videos was something else. It was the piety of those men who were praying, praying a form of the Mass that was supposed to be too haaaard for most people, as you like to say. And yet, these men, from so many different parishes throughout the country seemed to be in an entirely familiar realm in the midst of that entirely hostile world. They were at the one Mass that was (practically) the same anywhere and everywhere.
Like you, I too am a convert. I have been a priest for less than ten years, but I have been a priest long enough to no long be a “new” priest. Perhaps that is why I find it remarkable that, while in parishes too many (where I am) complain about kneeling or other haaaard things in the new Mass, these men seemed to be truly devout. Whatever complaints about “formalism” in the praying of the usus antiquior, these men seemed nonetheless *interiorly* enter into the mystery. And I thought (again), oh how stupid we have been to have (nearly) thrown it all way!
Yes, Father. You get it.
Many young priests and many lay people are getting it too. This is why the libs have a spittle-flecked nutty every time Card. Sarah – a man who understands adversity and danger – makes a suggestion about our liturgical worship of God.