In our parish, we have started to implement (finally) the new English translation of the Mass. The Vatican deadline for full implementation worldwide is January 1, 2013 (methinks). So we have roughly 6 months to get used to this translation.
I was initially in disagreement with this move. Why rock the boat and confuse the churchgoer? Why enforce such a change when it seemed so 'cosmetic' in nature?
I have since changed my attitude towards it and have finally recognized its value. For me, beyond the need to be more 'accurate' to the Latin responses, this new translation makes us Catholics become 'aware' again of the Mass. We have to be more attentive again so as not to make mistakes. There is a consciousness to listen and memorize. And even as we struggle with agreeing with the translation, the mere fact that we are thinking about the words and meaning again is an accomplishment.