From a priest… anonymized…
BRICK BY BRICK:
I just wanted to share some building, inspired partially by your encouragement and partially by my students. We began to offer 2 times a week Low Mass. We have also begun to offer a missa cantata monthly. We are still training servers and cantors, with the hope of expanding.
I have never felt more priestly or masculine than when I have offered the extraordinary form Mass. I have become much more confident in my sacred duties. I love offering Mass in this form! There is a growing group of students who prefer it.
I freely share this with you, but do ask politely, that my name, diocese, and state be kept anonymous. I do fear my presbyterate and what would come from this being public. Please pray for us here, for more openness to what God desires of our Sacred Worship.
I think in these days it is good for us who are slowly turning to the Lord share these great movements, especially what God is doing through the youth of Holy Church.
There are several great points in this.
First, note that the young people are – in part – responsible for getting this going. Tradition is, indeed, for the young.
Next, note that the priest was open.
Also, see the effect that learning the Traditional Latin Mass has had, especially regarding “priestly or masculine”. There IS a contrast with the Novus Ordo. There really is. And with the incessant war on men and boys, also in the Church, this is an important aspect of why the TLM is critical for the renewal of our Catholic identity.
Then, note his “fear” of the other priests. That’s real, friends. And, in that regard, see my note, above and figure it out.
Finally, note the tenor of “these days”. Yes, in these days we need MORE than what we have been doing. What we have been doing HASN’T WORKED. It’s time to start thinking outside the box by thinking inside the box again.
Fr. Z kudos to this young priest and those students.