The Holy Mass
The Mass, besides being the vital principle that conforms the entire priestly existence, is the main event and the core of Christian worship. The priest communicates life to other men, his brothers, by making the Mass real in his own life as a result of making it an integral part of his existence.
With the passage of time, a change in perspectives takes place. But since we are still talking about priests according to Christ, and only of them, it should be noted as an introduction to this subject, that the dawn of the priestly life usually begins with careful attention to ceremonies. Those of us who long ago received the inestimable grace of living this reality know that the Traditional Mass, unlike the Novus Ordo Mass, requires some knowledge of Liturgy and practicing the celebration of the Holy Mass as something necessary for the proper use of the liturgical ceremonies. Hence the care and delicacy that in ancient times used to be displayed in the liturgical rites, which were always considered as the introductory threshold to the world of the sacred.
Nobody within the Church, until recent times, would ever have thought that devotion and the splendor of worship necessarily go hand in hand, with the rushing of ceremonies, shortening or even removing prayers –sometimes even essential prayers— for the sake of brevity, vulgarity, and coarseness.
(June 10, 2015)
My dear spiritual children,
Today is the fifty-ninth anniversary of my ordination to the priesthood, which is a good opportunity, therefore, to speak about the mystery of the ministerial priesthood.
Let us start by acknowledging that our Lord Jesus Christ placed an extraordinarily difficult task upon the shoulders of some men chosen by Him when He entrusted them with the mission of carrying out the priestly ministry. Continuing the mission of Jesus Christ and evangelizing the world –As the Father hath sent me, I also send you–is such a hard and difficult undertaking that it can overcome the strength of any man, unless he is willing to obey out of love the mandate he has received and open his soul to the sufficient graces that will provide him with the fortitude necessary to fulfill it.
One cannot expect that the ordinary faithful will understand the magnitude of this issue which becomes a veritable tragedy in the life of any priest; actually, the faithful is not compelled to understand it. Not even young priests come to realize the terrible burden that awaits them, which is something good; God is so kind as to wrap in the soft haze of the enthusiasm typical of the early years of the priesthood the severe pain and suffering involved in their sharing with Jesus Christ the weight of the Cross. It happens here something similar to what take place in marriage with the joy of the early days of marriage, when one is not mindful of the burdens and hard times which marriage will bring later on.
Continuing with the topic of lukewarmness it must be noted that, in the case of a clear and obvious repudiation of a love generously offered, at least one thing is evident: both the offer and the person making the offer have been taken seriously; we must, therefore, admit that whoever made the offer has been taken into consideration and rejected. Conversely, of course, the stance of not even considering the offered proposal is tantamount to not taking seriously the person who made it. Rejecting someone at least means that he is being considered as another person; the opposite happens when the one who makes the offer is not even considered, which implies that he is not even being granted the status of other as an individual.
In our case, he who openly rejects God is at least acknowledging Him as an opponent. But behaving as if one does not know Him or as if one does not acknowledge His existence is adopting an attitude of total insensitivity towards Him. It is one thing to affirm that I am not interested in what is being offered to me, and quite another to show utter disregard for the person who made the offer.Hence the greater severity of tepidity, which also justifies the much-deserved severe rebuke from the Spirit: I would thou wert cold, or hot. But because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold, nor hot, I will begin to vomit thee out of my mouth.