I don't know if this is something left over from my Novus Ordo days or not, but I felt strongly that I need to post this here.
As a NO Catholic, I had a very shallow prayer life. I was never really encouraged otherwise. I had never heard of many of the saints or many of the titles and apparitions of Our Blessed Mother.
Since arriving to traditional Catholicism, I am either being chastised in confession for not praying enough or at Mass we are being reminded how important our prayer life is. As such, I have begun to prayer more and more fervently. That has made a huge change in my life.
Most specifically, our family was suffering under a difficult trial that I just won't go into. I prayed 2 Novenas--one to St. Joseph and another to Our Lady of Good Success. Logically, the outcome should have been poor, but Our Mother and Her Spouse presented us with a miraculous outcome. While I know that there are no guarantees that our prayers will be answered, I am most grateful and thankful that Our Lord saw fit to answer them through the intercession of St. Joseph and His Mother.
I've been criticized a lot by our Novus Ordo friends because of our "defection." But I can measure how different my life is. I can see changes in me and my family. More fervent prayer is only one of those things.
And as another reward, my mother, who is 72 and a hardened Southern Baptist, has learned the Rosary, prays with us in the evenings, and has begun, when no one is looking, to read my Missal. Please pray that she has a conversion.