No doubt you’ve already heard about the travesty of Met Gala 2018. You’ve probably seen the ghastly pictures of the “outfits” worn by many of the stars in attendance. The buzz on social media is rampant, and rightfully so. The outrage against this mockery of the Catholic faith is justified.
On the other hand, Satan wants nothing more than for us to rehash and revisit happenings and ideas that get us riled up and urge us to act out against each other. He wants us to dwell on sinful things so that we become desensitized to them. The more we read the accounts and view the images the more they become imprinted on our minds and hearts and the more damage they can cause. In a worldly sense, the more scandal and hubbub that’s generated by the event, the more proud the organizers and attendees will be of their sacrilegious handiwork.
Instead of giving them that satisfaction, I want to focus on something else, something positive – how we might turn an abominable situation into one that defeats the evil one and glorifies God.
Let me propose this to you.
Stop focusing on the event and its fallout and instead focus on the critical task at hand – prayer and penance. Let’s see this, not as a means for greater scandal and criticism, but rather as a means by which we ourselves draw closer to God and lead others to do the same. The fact that one of the stars mimicked our Blessed Mother’s Immaculate Heart with her Seven Sorrows and another mimicked Jesus Christ himself (just two of the hideous Met Gala spectacles) is a significant sign of our times and a call to take up spiritual arms in defense of our Faith and indeed of our Savior and his holy Mother.
When our Lady appeared at Fatima, she minced no words in warning us against sinfulness and insisting on reparation for sinners. What she said were not suggestions; they were directives for the salvation of our own souls and for those of others.
Here are just a few of the things that she said:
“I am the Lady of the Rosary, I have come to warn the faithful to amend their lives and ask for pardon for their sins. They must not offend Our Lord any more, for He is already too grievously offended by the sins of men. People must say the Rosary. Let them continue saying it every day.”
“Sacrifice yourselves for sinners and say often, especially when you make some sacrifice, ‘O my Jesus, this is for love of You, for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary.'”
“Pray, pray a great deal and make many sacrifices, for many souls go to Hell because they have no one to make sacrifices and to pray for them.”
“The sins of the world are very great … If men only knew what eternity is, they would do everything in their power to change their lives.”
“Fly from riches and luxury; love poverty and silence; have charity, even for bad people.”
“More souls go to Hell because of sins of the flesh than for any other reason.”
“Certain fashions will be introduced that will offend Our Lord very much.” “Woe to women lacking in modesty.
What our Blessed Mother said in 1917 is fitting for today. We must flee from what is sinful and immerse ourselves in her Immaculate Heart and in the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The scrutiny of sinfulness – or anything that even remotely leads us in that direction – will only ensnare us in it.
Met Gala 2018 happened, sadly, and there’s nothing we can do about that. What we can do, however, is to to take up our rosaries and pray diligently for the conversion of sinners and the return of the world to Christ, and to make sacrifices in reparation for the offenses committed against the Immaculate Heart of Mary and the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
Met Gala 2018 is a travesty, but it also is a opportunity to become the instruments of change and re-consecration of the world to Christ and his Mother.