Tonight's Mass was one where you could literally hear a pin drop during the Canon. The silence permits the faithful to give rapt attention to the Sacred Mystery taking place at the altar. It facilitates the recognition that Christ will permit us to encounter Him without judgment. It is truly the Grand Silence because there is none greater than the One Who emerges from it.
It saddens me at times that what my friend witnessed tonight for the first time is still the exception and not the rule but I am nonetheless encouraged. She will tell a friend. She will nudge her husband to go with her to a TLM and unlike 5 years ago or so, she will have a choice of parishes to visit that offer The Old Mass. The more Catholics who assist at a TLM, the more that will have the courage to ask their own pastors: why not here at OUR parish? A few weeks ago a First Saturday TLM was offered at a Novus Ordo parish where a Tridentine Mass hadn't been offered in more than 40 years. Guess what happened as a result? Some first-timers who assisted at that Mass came to our TLM this past Sunday. I can guarantee you it's just the start of their devotion to the Extraordinary Form.
I wouldn't worry so much about the so-called Francis Effect. The horse has left the barn my friends and she isn't coming back. Thank you Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.
Happy Feast Day dearest St Joseph.