“Do not waste time on small vanities

Our Lady reminds her children that our time here on earth is short and that eternity is our destiny. 

She says time is running out. In a short but powerful message in an apparition with Miryana on November 2, 2006, the Blessed Mother made a point of this directly. 

She said: “Dear children, My coming to you, my children, is God’s love. God is sending me to warn you and to show you the right way. Do not shut your eyes before the truth, my children. Your time is a short time. Do not permit delusions to begin to rule over you. The way in which I desire to lead you is the way of peace and love. This is the way which leads to my Son, your God. Give me your hearts that I may put my Son in them and make my apostles of you – apostles of peace and love. Thank you! 

Indeed our time is short. And because of this Our Lady, like a good mother, reminds us not to waste time with unworthy ideas and small vanities. She says at the end of your journey God will answer all your questions. 

Our Holy Mother says that obstacles – time wasters- can block our path to heaven.

On June 2, 2012 in an  Apparitions to Mirjana Our Lady said:

“Dear children, I am continuously among you because, with my endless love, I desire to show you the door of Heaven. I desire to tell you how it is opened: Through goodness, mercy, love and peace – through my Son. Therefore, my children, do not waste time on vanities. Only knowledge of the love of my Son can save you. Through that salvific love and the Holy Spirit he chose me and I, together with him, am choosing you to be apostles of his love and will. My children, great is the responsibility upon you. I desire that by your example you help sinners regain their sight, enrich their poor souls and bring them back into my embrace. Therefore pray; pray, fast and confess regularly. If receiving my Son in the Eucharist is the center of your life, then do not be afraid, you can do everything. I am with you. Everyday I pray for the shepherds and I expect the same of you. Because, my children, without their guidance and strengthening through their blessing, you can not do it. Thank you.

The Sins of Small Vanities: A Catholic Perspective

Vanity is a sin that is often overlooked, but it can be just as harmful as more obvious sins like pride or greed. Small vanities are those things that we do to make ourselves look or feel better, even if it is at the expense of others.

Some common examples of small vanities include:

  • Preening in the mirror
  • Dressing to impress
  • Talking about our accomplishments excessively
  • Putting others down to make ourselves look better
  • Being overly concerned with our appearance
  • Seeking attention

These may seem like harmless actions, but they can actually be rooted in a deeper desire for self-promotion and self-importance. When we focus on our own appearance or accomplishments, we are essentially putting ourselves above others. This can lead to feelings of pride and arrogance, which are not only sinful, but also destructive to our relationships with others.

The Catholic Church teaches that we should be humble and modest in our appearance and behavior. We should not seek attention or praise for ourselves, but rather focus on serving others. When we do this, we are putting God first and living our lives in accordance with His will.

If we are struggling with small vanities, there are a few things we can do to overcome them:

  • Be aware of our own motivations. When we find ourselves doing something to make ourselves look or feel better, ask ourselves why we are doing it. Are we trying to impress others? Are we trying to make ourselves feel better about ourselves? Once we understand our motivations, we can start to address them.
  • Focus on others. When we focus on the needs of others, it takes the focus off of ourselves. We can do this by volunteering our time, helping others in need, or simply being kind and compassionate to everyone we meet.
  • Pray for humility. God can help us to overcome our vanities if we ask Him for His help. We can pray for humility and a desire to serve others.

Overcoming small vanities is not easy, but it is possible. By being aware of our own motivations, focusing on others, and praying for humility, we can overcome this sin and live a more Christ-like life.

Here are some additional things to keep in mind about the sins of small vanities from a Catholic perspective:

  • Small vanities are often a sign of a deeper problem, such as pride or insecurity.
  • Small vanities can damage our relationships with others and make it difficult to live a holy life.
  • We can overcome small vanities by focusing on God and His will, rather than on ourselves.
  • We can also ask for help from God and the saints to overcome our vanities.