Medjugorje Message, March 18, 2000 – Apparitions to Mirjana
The apparition started at 9:55 a. m. and lasted about 5 minutes. Our Lady prayed over everyone and blessed everyone. Mirjana especially recommended the sick. This time Our Lady did not say anything about the secrets.
“Dear children! Do not seek peace and happiness in vain, in the wrong places and in wrong things. Do not permit your hearts to become hard by loving vanity. Invoke the name of my Son. Receive Him in your heart. Only in the name of my Son will you experience true happiness and true peace in your heart. Only in this way will you come to know the love of God and spread it further. I am calling you to be my apostles. ”
Medjugorje Message, July 2, 2009 – Our Lady’s apparitions to Mirjana
“Dear children! I am calling you because I need you. I need hearts ready for immeasurable love – hearts that are not burdened by vanity – hearts that are ready to love as my Son loved – that are ready to sacrifice themselves as my Son sacrificed himself. I need you. In order to come with me, forgive yourselves, forgive others and adore my Son. Adore him also for those who have not come to know him, those who do not love him. Therefore, I need you; therefore, I call you. Thank you. ”
Medjugorje Message, March 2, 2016 – Apparitions to Mirjana
“Dear children, My coming to you is a gift from the Heavenly Father for you. Through His love I am coming to help you to find the way to the truth, to find the way to my Son. I am coming to confirm the truth to you. I desire to remind you of the words of my Son. He pronounced words of salvation for the entire world, the words of love for everyone – that love which He proved by His sacrifice. But even today, many of my children do not know Him, they do not want to come to know Him, they are indifferent. Because of their indifference my heart suffers painfully. My Son has always been in the Father. By being born on earth He brought the divine and from me received the human. With Him the word came among us. With Him came the light of the world which penetrates hearts, illuminates them and fills them with love and consolation. My children, all those who love my Son can see Him, because His face can be seen through the souls which are filled with love for Him. Therefore, my children, my apostles, listen to me. Leave vanity and selfishness. Do not live only for what is earthly and material. Love my Son and make it so that others may see His face through your love for Him. I will help you to come to know Him all the more. I will speak to you about Him. Thank you. ”
This post is the second in an 8-part series on the Seven Deadly Sins.
By: Rev. Paul Scalia
In his depiction of the Seven Deadly Sins, Hieronymus Bosch gets pride — and by extension, vanity — exactly right. A woman stands at the wardrobe fixing her veil. Her rosary seems to lie unused on the floor, because she esteems herself as not needing divine help. Most damning of all, it is a demon (similarly veiled) that holds the mirror facilitating her self-focus. Rightly did Chesterton quip that “the wickedest work in this world is symbolized not by a wine glass but by a looking-glass.”
Most lists of the Seven Deadly Sins have pride as the first. However, Saint Thomas Aquinas, following the lead of Pope Saint Gregory the Great, regarded pride not as one of the seven proper but as a more general vice animating the others. In its place vanity heads the top of the list. The two vices look a lot alike. Precisely because vanity is the first of its seven lieutenants, it bears a great resemblance to pride. So to get a handle on vanity, we should first take a look at pride.