(Quote) Jim-388330 said:
As much as it may seem ridiculous to ask this question, I have had this discussion ...
(Quote) Jim-388330 said:
As much as it may seem ridiculous to ask this question, I have had this discussion with someone before, and there seems to be an unfortunate stereotype that float around with the traditionalist label.
I've always viewed the Traditional Latin Mass to be an opportunity to give more time and prayer to our Lord such that we may hope to obtain special graces for our efforts, not only for ourselves, but for others as well. Does that mean I cannot at the same time employ my rather extraverted personality Have others seen this stereotype as well?
Some are. I have seen this.
I love Traditional things, Latin, sacredness, formality, etc. I also love beautiful music, as opposed to the church picnic music we usually get at modern Mass. So, I have gravitated to the Tridentine Mass from time to time.
However, I have a close friend whom I introdiuced to it. He became more and more involved, to where his kids serve Mass, know the Latin and what it means, and are fully integrated into the community.
In the process, my friend has become mean, arrogant, fundamentalist, threatening, and rigid to the point where he will not allow me to even discuss evolution with his sons, one of whom wants to become a scientist.
I have watched the transformation of my friend since his involvement with the Tridentine community, and I've decided that if that is what happens to a person, I do not want any part of it. Jesus said you can judge a tree by its fruit. My friend has shown me that although he has the rules and the rubrics down cold, he does not understand a word of the message of Christ.
Christ's main purpose was not to bring a perfect Mass that we could celebrate in the language of the Roman conquerors, a language he did not even speak. He came to show us Divine Love. The Mass was a gift he gave us, in Hebrew and Aramaic, to strengthen our bond to him and to each other. The Church morphed it to Greek so everyone would understand it. Latin came 3 or 5 hundred years later. But, in any language, it is not about the Mass, it is about Christ's message, his love, and our need to show that love in our daily lives. If your parish doesn't have that, it doesn't matter whether you have church picnic music or Gregorian Chant; doesn't matter whether you are Tridentine or Novus Ordo, you have missed the boat.
My opinion. Sorry if I've offended.