May 29, 2013: God the Superhero

~ by Mary Galvano-Bajohr

Someone once told me that all the saints should have superhero names instead of the names given to them. For instance, St. Peter should be Iron Man. And this person in a way is right. The saints are the true superheroes.

In the stories we hear how evil takes over a community, a country or even the world and then just in the nick of time the superhero rushes in to do the impossible, conquer evil and to save the day. But, if you notice as much as our world loves these superheroes they do make things right only for the time being until evil pops up again. Also, they are fictional not like the heroes we honor every year on special days like Memorial Day.

God performs the impossible everyday and He has conquered evil for eternity. Not only can He see through walls He can see through our souls. He is all of the superheroes combined into one; He is the one and only Super-Duper Hero. God is all superpowers rolled into one. That sounds like the mystery of the Trinity! Just like the legend of St. Augustine and the Seashell, God shows that He is the impossible.

As the legend goes, St. Augustine was walking by the seashore one day contemplating and trying to understand the mystery of the Holy Trinity when he saw a small boy running back and forth from the water to a spot on the seashore. The boy was using a seashell to carry the water from the ocean and place it into a small hole in the sand.

The Bishop of Hippo approached him and asked, “My boy, what are doing?”

“I am trying to bring all the sea into this hole,” the boy replied with a sweet smile.

“But that is impossible, my dear child, the hole cannot contain all that water” said Augustine.

The boy paused in his work, stood up, looked into the eyes of the Saint, and replied, “It is no more impossible than what you are trying to do – comprehend the immensity of the mystery of the Holy Trinity with your small intelligence.”

The Saint was absorbed by such a keen response from that child, and turned his eyes from him for a short while. When he glanced down to ask him something else, the boy had vanished.

Some say that it was an Angel sent by God to teach Augustine a lesson on pride in learning. Others affirm it was the Christ Child Himself who appeared to the Saint to remind him of the limits of human understanding before the great mysteries of our Faith.

The world is still not a peace with each other and we have a long way to go. Until all living creatures can live in harmony, until the lion lies down with the lamb, we still need to be superheroes for Christ in our own communities calling on the greatest Superhero of all; God.

He will save the day; He already has through the glory of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. “Lord we need you more than ever. Please save us.” Amen.


Mary Galvano-Bajohr is a singer/songwriter, LPGA golf instructor, speaker and author. On the golf course she is a dedicated professional, but go to a Yankee game, a Pro-life event or other venue and you just might see her step up to the microphone and sing the National Anthem or the Ave Maria.

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