I was meeting some HS friends for dim sum at Dynasty Cupertino Square today, so I decided to go to Mass at St. Joseph. During the drive over, I heard Gordon Ramsay in a tv spot on the Wolf
talking about how chefs should buy locally-produced food out of respect for their customers, instead of flying in ingredients from other parts of the world and making substitutions for ingredients that are unavailable or no longer in season. Would that more restaurants listend to his advice. There are many quality restaurants in NoCal that pride themselves on patronizing local producers. Alas I don't have the money to go to them. Just another reason why I dislike going out to eat... the options are limited and not in keeping with the principles I'd like to adhere to.
I'll have to write a post on that radio station some other time.
Last night I had dinner over at Hong Kong Saigon with my mother and brother-in-law. The prices were about the same as Pan Tao; the quality of the food perhaps a little bit better, though the salty pepper pork was not so good--not that much flavor, despite the abundance of garlic on the surface of the pork. And perhaps the pork was overdone--a bit dry.
A first-year seminarian from St. Patrick's Seminary, a Filipino, came to give a talk about vocations (or vocations to the priesthood) instead of a homily by Monsignor Milani. His homily was ok; though it could have been better, it probably had more substance than many homilies given by priests around here. I hope he has found his vocation--he was dating someone for 8 years (why that long?!?) and he seemed like a typical Filipino male (RW and the Sarge will know what I mean by that).
I was thinking that if the 1962 Missal were opened up to organic development and more than just the scripture readings could be said in the vernacular, and if the Roman office were reformed (once again) so as to bring in back to conformity with the Roman liturgical tradition, then I might consider becoming a priest. Of course, the diocese would have to be open to having priests with such traditional leanings, and that doesn't seem likely to happen any time soon.
Am I making too many demands with respect to a possible vocation to the priesthood? I don't know. If God is calling a man to the priesthood, He will give him the graces and comfort that he needs in order to persevere and serve well. But at this moment I believe that being a priest of the ordinary form is not something I could embrace, while serving as a priest for a traditional society or group such as the FSSP is not it, either. If the Holy Father's plan is for the two rites to have some sort of beneficial influence upon each other, then maybe down the road...
Some questions with which I may have to contend once I am done with my current project. But like I said before, I do not think much will come of it, so long as the diocese stays as it is. Even St. Thomas Aquinas in Palo Alto doesn't seem like it would switch to ad orientem. Perhaps I could ask Dr. Mahrt about that. What is the style of the church? Could it be renovated in accordance with a neo-gothic (or medieval English?/'high Anglican') sensibility?
Maybe I should just look into the Anglican use... hah.
If organic development is permitted for the old missal, I do think the new missal should be eventually phased out if it is possible to do so...
How many traditionalists would protest the adoption of icons in the sanctuaries of Roman-rite churches?