Father Wesley acknowledged that "change is always hard. After Vatican II, American Catholics were pressed to translate the Mass into the vernacular. It happened in good will. But it could have been done better. Now with scholarship and prayer, we have the new edition of the Roman Missal.
"We rise to a new challenge,' he said. "The law of prayer is the law of belief and our highest prayer is the Mass. How we pray the Mass expresses our belief to its fullest. And in the law of life, what we pray is what we live out. We are making our salvation happen in the words we proclaim together, the music, the vestments, the environment. In participating in the Mass, we offer to God the best we can because he gives us his best.'
"It may seem a little awkward at first. But it won't be long before these changes will be comfortable and familiar for everyone. I believe they will ultimately enhance our ability to celebrate the glory and majesty of the Mass."