Expert clarifies why Mary asked for pride
Many were confused when the Virgin Mary’s most recent message encouraged “that hope and pride may always reign in your heart and life”. The Croatian language has two words for “pride”, and Mary did not use the one about pride as a capital sin, says Ana Shawl, fluent in both languages.
Does the Virgin Mary really ask for pride to reign in my heart? After her message of July 25 was made public, this question has been pressing for many followers of the Medjugorje messages.
But the confusion is all due to a language barrier, visionary Ivan Dragicevic’s US tour coordinator Ana Shawl tells the members of IIPG, the online arm of Ivan’s prayer group. Fluent in both Croatian and English, Ana Shawl got many members’ questions about the message of July 25:
“Dear children! Today I call you to the ‘good’. Be carriers of peace and goodness in this world. Pray that God may give you the strength so that hope and pride may always reign in your heart and life because you are God’s children and carriers of His hope to this world that is without joy in the heart, and is without a future, because it does not have its heart open to God who is your salvation. Thank you for having responded to my call.”
In Croatian, “pride” can mean both something healthy and something unhealthy.
“There are two meanings for pride in Croatian. One is “oholost” and the other is “ponos”. Our Lady used ponos which means to hold your head up high or not shy away, or do something with love and confidence” Ana Shawl explains.
“Oholost also means pride, and that is not the one Our Lady used. Oholost means pride in the sense that you are full of self pride, like as in self importance, and that is not the one Our Lady means.”
“She is not talking about being a proud person, that is different. Having pride in doing something for God is completely different from being a proud type of person or being full of pride or pridefull. It is a healthy thing when you take pride in doing something, when you are showing that you love what you are doing” Ana Shawl writes.
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