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What does it take to be a hero?
What does it take to be a hero?
Posted by Sr. Hosea on April 30, 2013 08:00 Article Rating

Ah, the summer movie box office. We all know what to expect—lots of action and raunchy comedy, sprinkled with some zombies, apocalyptic events and (horrors!) sequels. Yep, and superheroes, too.

There’s been a lot of buzz about Iron Man 3 in theaters May 3rd, where Tony Stark (Robert Downey, Jr.), a.k.a. Iron Man, leaves behind his Avengers pals from last summer and once again flies solo. Iron Man’s special abilities come from his suit. Stark wants to use it for taking down the bad guys, but only on his own terms. He zips around the world handing out his own version of justice without reference to anyone other than himself. Since he’s not known for his selflessness and concern for others, he tends to abuse his power.

Also coming this summer is Man of Steel (June 14th), another take on Superman. According to Entertainment Weekly’s summer movie preview issue, the producers are going trying to make him feel more human. Henry Cavill, the actor portraying the big guy with the “S” on his chest says of his character, “Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”

But what about you and me? I don’t have any superpowers (at least not that I know of) yet I’m called by virtue of my faith as a daughter of God to do everything in my power to do what’s right, especially for others, thinking of them before myself. We don’t need any special powers to be kind and caring towards others, to live and work in an ethical manner, to respect those with whom we disagree. What we do need is a firm grounding in faith and strength of character derived from prayer, worship with a faith community and the support of those closest to us. A good dose of patience wouldn’t go amiss, either.

As we marvel at how awesome the antics and action of Iron Man 3 and Man of Steel are this summer, just remember that we can do just as much good as any of them by being loving, caring and forgiving with every person we encounter.
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