1. Simcha, I have just recently started reading your blog and love it! I dont usually comment on any blog, but your article here struck a cord. I grew up with the Tridentine mass or with very conservative Novus Ordo mass. Every now and again on a vacation etc we would attend a less than desirable mass, as you described. I have often felt myself becoming a snob and thinking how good am I that I go to x mass! I wish I could have read this many moons ago. What a humbling thought! Thank you for such a great wake up call to my own unworthiness. And a reminder that it’s not the mass or church we attend, it is how we attend and live our Catholic lives.

  2. Awesome. Inspiring. Humbling.

    And funny.

    If I knew you IRL, I would probably stalk you until you agreed to become my best friend and entertain/enlighten me all day. So, it’s prolly a good thing I’m a few states away.

  3. Very nice piece! Always impressed with your writing. This reminded me of something Tolkien once said about humbling yourself by going to a “bad” Mass, I looked a little and found part of the quote I was thinking of online somewhere (Note that he mentions women in pants!!! ha ha):

    “I can recommend this as an exercise: make your Communion in circumstances that affront your taste. Choose a snuffling or gabbling priest or a proud and vulgar friar; and a church full of the usual bourgeois crowd, ill-behaved children — from those who yell to those products of Catholic schools who the moment the tabernacle is opened sit back and yawn — open necked and dirty youths, women in trousers and often with hair both unkempt and uncovered. Go to Communion with them (and pray for them). It will be just the same as a Mass said beautifully by a visibly holy man, and shared by a few devout and decorous people. (It could not be worse than the mess of the feeding of the Five Thousand — after which our Lord propounded the feeding that was to come.”

    You say it better, I think, and with no condescension.

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