Michael Voris on Latin Mass parishes March 28, 2012Posted by Tantumblogo in awesomeness, Basics, Dallas Diocese, General Catholic, Latin Mass, Sacraments, Tradition, Virtue.
Some people say that Latin Mass parishes are really strong in the Faith because that’s the kind of people they attract. They attract the already committed. There are claims that such parishes somehow rob other parishes of “the good people.” There may be some (a little) truth in that belief, but I can state that my experience is that Latin Mass parishes tend to cause one to grow in their Faith tremendously. Someone who may be so-so may become a really devout, committed Catholic as a result of assisting at a Latin Mass parish regularly. I think it’s a positive reinforcement loop – “good” people or people with a propensity to want to learn and grow in the Faith develop an attraction for the Latin Mass, and then get exposed to a really powerful, what I would call very authentic form of Catholicism, and that makes them grow all the more. Once one gets a taste of devout, traditional Catholicism, there is a tendency to hunger for more. If it weren’t 45 minutes each way to the parish, and if gas weren’t umpteen dollars a gallon, and if I didn’t have so many other things going on!, I’d be there every day. I love it.
But there is no question that our local Latin Mass parishes are blessed with many extremely talented, on-fire, committed, devout and young souls with a burning desire to serve Christ in His Church. I am humbled to be in their presence. That’s not to say there aren’t such souls at “regular” parishes. There are . But the density seems very high at the Latin Mass parishes I’ve experienced. Michael Voris’ experience seems to bear that out, as well.
If it weren’t 45 minutes each way to the parish, and if gas weren’t umpteen dollars a gallon, and if I didn’t have so many other things going on!, I’d be there every day. I love it. I crave it. It’s amazing being among a group of people who are striving to live a faithful Catholic existence. It’s more than that………it’s transformative.