He had the wisdom, or at least foresight, to add "tho' I am sure Ben will be able to say why not."
I was reminded of a monk at my Benedictine school who used to introduce the Post-Communion Prayer with the words: 'And now, let us end our prayer.'
You can see what he was getting at: the Mass is drawing to an end.
But I think this is quite wrong.
It is why I hate it when, at the end of Mass, everyone breaks into noisy chatter. It is as though the mentality is; 'Good, we've done with praying, now let's get on with our real lives.'
But I think the more Catholic approach is surely: 'Good, we've done with praying the Mass, the formal liturgy of the Church - now let's get on with praying the rest of our lives.'
But then, I was brought up by parents who would always stay to make their thanksgiving after Mass, for at least 10 minutes, while the Real Presence was still within them.
They even told me the story (probably apocryphal, I don't remember) of a priest in the good old days, who had preached one Sunday about the importance of thanksgiving after Mass, and of not just walking out into the street like a tabernacle on legs immediately after receiving Our Lord.
He was dismayed when most of the congregation did just the same as always. So the next Sunday, he got all the boys in the parish into the sacristy after Mass, and each person who left straight away, was accompanied by a vested altar boy with a candle, in honour of the Real Presence.
The following week, all stayed to make their thanksgiving.
So with parents telling me stories like that, it's not surprising I'm a liturgist's nightmare...