Missionaries who first came to Mexico with the conquistadors had little success in the beginning. After nearly a generation, only a few hundred Native Mexicans had converted to the Christian faith. Whether they simply did not understand what the missionaries had to offer or whether they resented these people who made them slaves, Christianity was not popular among the native people.
Then in 1531 miracles began to happen. Jesus’ own mother appeared to humble Juan Diego. The signs — of the roses, of the uncle miraculously cured of a deadly illness, and especially of her beautiful image on Juan’s mantle — convinced the people there was something to be considered in Christianity. Within a short time, six million Native Mexicans had themselves baptized as Christians.
The first lesson is that God has chosen Mary to lead us to Jesus. No matter what critics may say of the devotion of Mexicans (and Mexican descendants) to Our Lady of Guadalupe, they owe their Christianity to her influence. If it were not for her, they would not know her son, and so they are eternally grateful. The second lesson we take from Mary herself. Mary appeared to Juan Diego not as a European madonna but as a beautiful Aztec princess speaking to him in his own Aztec language. If we want to help someone appreciate the gospel we bring, we must appreciate the culture and the mentality in which they live their lives. By understanding them, we can help them to understand and know Christ. Our Lady of Guadalupe is patron of the Americas.
"After receiving Communion, keep a "custody of the eyes." Walk back to your seat with eyes in front of you, toward the floor. The most traditional posture after receving Communion is to walk with your hands in the “prayer position” — palms together, fingers pointing upward, held at chest level. When you reach your pew, it is customary to kneel after Communion. Both before and after you’ve received, maintain this “custody of the eyes” and don’t watch people as they return to their seats….”
Before there was a strict restriction of lay people walking around in the sanctuary (the Holy of Holies). The altar rail was put to mark out the sacred space with a altar rail gate to keep people out. In the new churches everyone walks all over the area.
The altar rail was an extension of the altar where people humbly knelt to receive Jesus in Holy Communion. In the new churches there are no altar rails and people process up to receive Jesus standing up.
In the Latin Mass there are many genuflections and signs of the cross. In the new mass there are very few genuflections and signs of the cross. Most people do not genuflect, but might give a bow to the altar sometimes.
Before there was silence before and after the Holy Mass to show respect to the real presence of God in the tabernacle. Now people talk before, after mass and during mass too. They even talk on their Cell phones and text during mass.
You can see the respect for God in the way the people dress at the Latin mass. We see it in the way women humbly cover their heads with veils. We also see it in the modest and formal clothing at the Latin Mass because the people know that they are going to be in the presence of God, so they dress their best. We still have the saying left over from this belief, “wear your Sunday best”. In the new mass you have so many women dressed very immodest, men in shorts and most in their everyday clothing. But when it comes to a rich persons wedding, they are dressed to the hilt.
"The classical Roman Mass is universal. It unites us not only with all the Catholics of the world (space) but also with all our Catholic ancestors across the centuries (time), especially the throngs of saints whose souls were nourished and strengthened by this very same heavenly Liturgy."