What disturbs me in lists of “things I like about the Novus Ordo Mass” is the central position occupied by I like — the unspoken premise that our personal preferences in liturgy are normative, rather than what is most pleasing to God, in accord with how He inspired God-fearing generations to glorify Him on Earth. Many devout Novus Ordo Catholics will make remarks critical of the TLM: “I just can’t follow the Latin,” “I think it’s too ornate,” or “I find the congregation too stoic.” At the heart of everything they have said is “I”; it’s about their own comfort. To me, this epitomizes the spirit of Vatican II, in which the cult of man is exalted over the cult of God. It is a huge problem to start with the idea that liturgy is about me and my little world. That’s a perfect description of a “millennial” perspective, a potent distillation of the egocentricity of fallen human nature. Former generations knew how to mortify the ego, subordinate it to a heritage, a common good, a tradition that is seen as taking precedence, opening out to the broad and deep world created by God and redeemed by Christ.