I Wannabe a Superhero

I tell the boys in school that they should be a priest because every boy wants to wear a cape and a cool hat and do amazing things, and what other profession is there today in which you can wear a cape (except being a French policeman) So capes and hats and feats of derring do is what I want, and what’s wrong with wanting to be a superhero?

That is to say, I want to be a super- natural hero–a hero of the supernatural is what I mean, and this all came to me this morning while I was celebrating Mass.

I realized suddenly again in the midst of concentrating on the words and the actions that I totally completely, utterly without reservation and without doubt and without any shadow of misinterpretation believed the whole thing. All of it. The Creation of the World by God the Father Almighty, the Incarnation of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord who took human flesh from the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God and Queen of Heaven. I believed and trusted fully in the Divine Mercy, the saving work of Jesus Christ on the cross, the redeeming Blood of the Lamb of God–a sacrifice once offered for my sins and the sins of the whole world, and re-presented on the altars and only on the altars of Christ’s One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I fully and totally believed in the transubstantiation of the bread and wine into the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ who is risen ascended and glorified and now sits at the right hand of the Father in Glory everlasting.

There’s more. I believe in the rest of the stuff too. The incorrupt bodies of saints and apparitions of the Queen of Heaven to peasant children. I believe in the stigmata and the miracles in the Bible and the Book of Revelation and the Wise Men and the Star of Bethlehem and the Shroud of Turin and levitating saints. I believe in answers to prayer and if you push me I will even confound you by believing that a big fish really did swallow Jonah and spit him up angry and smelling of vomit and that Elijah was fed by ravens and Moses split wide the Red Sea and that God does miracles today.

Now you might say that this is nothing really very special, and that this is, after all, what all Catholics should fully and totally believe, and that it is certainly what a Catholic priest should believe, but when it hit me in the middle of saying Mass it also hit me how bizarre and unusual this way of looking at the world really is. Read more.

  • http://elizabethk-fthnfort.blogspot.com/ Elizabeth K.

    Fr. Dwight, this post made me smile. I believe the whole thing, too, and sometimes an encounter or a reading will bring home to me again how odd my worldview really is (in a good way). I’m always kind of surprised when I meet Catholics who pooh-pooh the supernatural, and want the Church to be a social program. What a deflated view of the faith! When I was estranged from the Church, it was the “crazy” stuff that kept a hold on my imagination, and that ultimately brought me back. Not because it is crazy–but because it always seemed realer than real, and in keeping with the reality I’ve always felt is lurking just beneath the surface of a (seemingly) prosaic world. Love the picture!!

  • Gerry

    Sorry, not “should”. There is absolutely no requirement that Catholics believe in the validity of any reported apparition. I’m skeptical, because of how they are presented, of the incorruptibles.

  • http://rujutax.blogspot.in/ RX

    Loved this post. Its a new take on what we believe and how it sets us apart from the ‘others’.

    Thanks Fr. Dwight, keep posting!

  • EPG

    Father, you wrote [in part] “This is the good news of the Catholic faith. It is the only form of Christianity–apart from the snake handlers, and Pentecostal faith healers–that really, honestly takes the supernatural seriously here and now ”

    You forgot about the Orthodox Christians, who most certainly do take the supernatural seriously here and now. I do enjoy your blog, and read it often — but there is one major blind spot in your assessment of the Christian landscape — you don’t appear to acknowledge (and are perhaps not aware of) Orthodox Chrisitianity — which has much in common with (as well as many differences with) — the Roman Catholic communion

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      Good point. I’ll change the post.

  • YTC

    Write a book on this subject. Please.

  • Neill

    Music to my ears and nourishment for my soul. Just wonderful! Thanks.

  • dean steinlage

    Where do we get the hat and cape for our local priest?

    • Fr. Dwight Longenecker

      I’m not telling…

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  • Dex

    But most heroes wear masks? Do we have those too Father? Or is that another entirely different group? LOL.

    I do like this post btw. I think it would be inspiring for the young. I’ve been telling my kids this option also, it would truly be a blessing if they would turn out to be one!


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