"If this video doesn't stir your Catholic soul," writes Michael J. Matt, "then someone has already achieved remarkable success in robbing you of your Catholic identity. If you hate this video you have become, at least to a degree, a self-loathing Catholic with a semi-Protestant identity.
"If you know nothing about this Mass, please understand that it is the Mass of all the saints, martyrs, virgins and doctors of the Church. It is the Mass of your grandmother and hers and hers. It is your liturgical patrimony; it is your Catholic birthright; it is the great jewel of Christendom and the most beautiful thing this side of heaven. If you don't know it, you don't yet know what it truly means to be Catholic because, through no fault of your own, you have been cut off from your Catholic roots by the very thing which should be the touchstone of the Catholic Faith: The Mass....
"As the late William F. Buckley wrote of the Mass back in 1979,
"As a Catholic, I have abandoned hope for the liturgy, which, in the typical American church, is as ugly and as maladroit as if it had been composed by Robert Ingersoll and H.L. Menchen for the purpose of driving people away. Incidentally, the modern liturgists are doing a remarkably good job, attendance at Catholic Mass on Sunday having dropped sharply in the 10 years since a few well-meaning cretins got hold of the power to vernacularize the Mass, and the money to scour the earth in search of the most unmusical men and women to preside over the translation. The next liturgical ceremony conducted primarily for my benefit, since I have no plans to be beatified or remarried, will be my own funeral; and it is a source of great consolation to me that, at my funeral, I shall be quite dead, and will not need to listen to the accepted replacement for the noble old Latin liturgy. Meanwhile, I am practicing Yoga, so that, at church on Sundays, I can develop the power to tune out everything I hear, while attempting, athwart the general calisthenics, to commune with my Maker, and ask Him first to forgive me my own sins, and implore him, second, not to forgive the people who ruined the Mass."There is a bit more in this article by Michael J. Matt, some of it rather edifying; but the quote above is the jewel. That, with the juxtaposition of "Sandals & Fiddlebacks" -- the sandals-wearing Franciscan Friars celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass with their celebrant vested in a Fiddleback chasuble. Nice.