|Could you get a better eternal life assurance policy than the Latin Mass?|
Several people have commented on my previous post that posed the question as to why more young priests do not celebrate the TLM.
They say (and I fully agree with them) that there is little demand, and that when the Mass is made available no more than ten or twelve old fogeys turn up.
So why bother with the Mass of all Time.....no one, it seems, really wants it apart from a few cranky old traditionalists and a clique of discerning young people?
Why go through all that pain of being bashed by the Bishop and all the worthies of the parish - stick with the dull and uninspiring Protestant Mass?
So how often do you re-visit your Life Assurance Policies and bring them up to date?
And when did you last remind your dentist that you were due for a check up? Never? Really?
The thing is that we all too often avoid the things in life that are hard or require some effort on our part.
Young priests who offer the Latin Mass should persevere with their small congregations and allow the Mass to take hold.
It is not an instant "love it" process for most.
People need time to come to terms with the quiet, the lack of "participation" and the solemnity of the occasion.
Did you "love" Classical Music when you first heard it or did you mature into it over a period of many years?
The Latin Mass is not a performance that one either likes or dislikes; it is the ancient form of the Holy Mass as verified by Pope St Pius V on 14th July 1570 (see HERE).
It is the core value of the Catholic Faith and one that requires nourishing and cherishing to bring it to its full glory.
Don't just try it once - attend the Latin Mass at least ten times before you make a judgement.