Now, after scratching around in my press cuttings file I find a letter that was published in The Catholic Herald that makes it quite clear that it is actually easy - the author of the letter?
None other than Father Julian Large, Cong. Orat., new Provost of the London Oratory.
Fr Large must have written the letter at least six years ago and I hope that he does not mind me bringing it to the light of day but, some young seminarian may draw great comfort from it.
Here it is...........
"Sir - I never passed a driving test, I do not ski and I can hardly swim.
My violin teacher advised me to give up all hope of learning to play any musical instrument on my second lesson.
I failed Maths O -level twice, and my French makes Parisian waiters wince.
I did, however, manage to teach myself how to celebrate the Traditional Mass (report, February 22nd).
It took one week reading J O'Connell's 'The Celebration of Mass' and practising on the desk in my room, and an hour's dry run with a patient priest the day before my ordination in 2003.
It can't be so difficult."
Great! Now it just requires that a Bishop upon reading my blog (extremely unlikely) takes the initiative (a word seldom found in or around Cathedrals) and orders 50 copies of this wonderful book and
And here's another example of a 'Distance Learning' resource that is also available (aka training video).......credit to the FSSP....