When Saint Padre Pio was beginning to be attacked and not being able to offer Holy Mass and the Sacraments Publicly, a Bishop told him he must only take an hour or less for Holy Mass and Padre Pio responded, “The Passion and Death of Our Blessed Lord was 3 hours long, and when we are at Holy Mass, we are with Our Blessed Lord on Mount Calvary, we cannot shorten His Passion.”
Then an altar boy asked him how to prepare for Holy Mass, and he responded, “Prepare for as you are going to Mount Calvary to witness the Passion and Death of our Blessed Lord!”
When the clocks entered the Sanctuary, either on the wall or on our wrists or now on our cell phones; then did we begin to rush our most important duty, being witness and praying with Our Blessed Lord on Mount Calvary at His Most Sacred Passion and Death; made present on the altar of Holy Mass; then we have sports becoming more important or other non religious activities, we enter into Holy Mass and we do not prepare ourselves, either go to the Priest who should be stationed in the Confessional; if you are blessed to have a parish with many priests; so all can go to Confession before Holy Mass or we come to Mass, just rushed and full of anxieties; kids not doing their part, fighting to not come, or whatever; then you are rushed and upset, not focused on what is to happen at each Holy Mass.
The priest takes on more duties that are not his; his duties are to offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass, the Sacraments; especially to those not able to come to Mass; either home bound, hospital, old folks home, prison; those are his duties; his only duties! He is not be a manager, social justice warrior, or political activist.
From In Sinu Jesu:
“I speak to you every day. I am at work in you and all around you. You are My priest and I will use you to speak words of comfort, of light, and of life to My people. You are My priest, and in you I stand before My Father, pleading for sinners and glorifying His infinite mercy. Be just that; My mediating priest, and allow Me to use you as I see fit. By virtue of your priesthood-My priesthood engraved indelibly in your soul- you are in Me and I am in you, at every moment bringing God to men and men to God. At the altar this priestly mediation attains the highest degree that of My death upon the Cross, that of My own priestly sacrifice on Calvary. Is this not enough for you and for every priest of Mine? Woe to the priest who looks for work apart from this one work: the great work of love that is the Cross, and the Cross renewed at the altar in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass!” Saturday, February 19, 2011 After First Vespers of Septuagesima Sunday
“This sacerdotal Pentecost is being prepared already in silence and in the adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. The priests who love Mary and who are faithful in praying her Rosary will be the first ones to benefit from it. Their priesthood will be wonderfully renewed and they will be given an abundance of charisms to vanquish evil and to heal those under the sway of the Evil One.” “It was given me to understand that the intercession of Pope John Paul II will also have played a role in obtaining through Mary this grace of the sacerdotal Pentecost.
Certain priests will refuse this grace of the sacerdotal Pentecost, out of pride, or lack of confidence, or an absence of faith in the real presence of Christ in the Blessed Sacrament. This sacerdotal Pentecost will begin from the tabernacle, the tabernacles of the world, as from a burning hearth of charity. Priests who will have been found faithful in keeping company with Jesus the Host will rejoice. They will understand straightaway the wonders that He will want to do in them and through them. The sacerdotal Pentecost will affect first of all the priests who are true sons of Mary, living like Saint John, in her intimacy, very close to her Immaculate Heart.” Page 9 On The Restoration Of The Holy Priesthood by Our Blessed Lord
Priests who do not prepares himself, by following the Patron Saint of all Priests; St. Jean Marie Vianney; long periods of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, praying the Holy Rosary and their Liturgy of the Hours, but I would urge you to return to the Pre Pope St. Pius X style, where the entire Psalter is prayed! Also themselves daily or weekly Confession; reading the writings of the Doctors of the Church and Church Fathers, reading the Sermons of Saint Jean Marie Vianney. Cannot properly perform his duties as a Priest; because what you are dealing with, it not a normal natural job, but you are dealing with the Supernatural; the Sacraments; you live as you pray; Lex Orandi Lex Credendi Lex Vivendi: As we Worship, So we Believe, So we Live!”
Also, the Devil was being truthful, “If there were more Priests like you John Vianney, I would be done for.” Imitate St. John Vianney, pray as he prayed, hear and offer Mass as he did and Padre Pio did, hear and offer the Sacrament of Confession; you do not always have to absolve the sinner, you can say no and retain their sins, because most likely today, they will fall back into or continue, because they do not take their Faith seriously, will not make the proper changes, and commit regularly the sin of Sacrilege by making an dishonest Confession.
Time to end the Status Quo and rock the boat, your vocation is to lead souls to Heaven, you are a Priest of the Most High God, not of the Devil; so preach the Hard Truths and all the Truths of the Faith; dust off the Catechism of the Council of Trent, Doctrinal Writings of St. Ambrose, Augustine of Hippo, John of Damascus, all of the Great Doctors of the Church! Also, if the people want to be like Judas and leave Mass early, let them, you do not need to speed up for them, you pray as slow and reverently as you need to; it is not a race, forget about the clock on your wrist or wall; actually remove it; has no purpose there.
Only people who need to leave early are these: Police, EMT, Fire and Rescue, Trama Nurses and Doctors; or those on call. And I would have a priest who isn’t celebrating Mass, ready to give them a blessing and prayer before they leave. If this parish is on a military base, then whatever soldiers who are the first wave for defending or whatever.
But, yes, if the people in the pews are in such a big hurry, you do not change, you continue to properly pray and offer the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass as it should be with all solemn and reverence due it. Don’t worry if people complain the Sung High Mass is a tad behind, it is better for the Mass to not be rushed. Let them wait and properly prepare themselves! Seminaries, it is time to end the secularization of the Priesthood and restore it! And always offer and pray Mass Ad Orientem; you facing Our Blessed Lord in the Tabernacle and back to the people! The focus is to be directed to God, not you; you are not the important person here nor are you to be made the center point, face the proper direction so all attention is to God!
Finally, use Latin, the Language of the Church, and if a person asked you, “I can’t hear what you are saying, can you speak up?” “I wasn’t speaking to you, was speaking to Jesus.”