The next Avengers movie is almost here and superheroes in film and on TV seem to be taking over.  As a person who sometimes still feels like a little kid at heart, I personally love it.  I remember when these types of movies or TV shows were few and far between.  When a Superman movie here or a Batman movie there came out, it was quite an event.  But now, this genre is everywhere, and as the genre matures, gone are the bright-colored suits and an over emphasis on supernatural powers.  Now the heroes seem to be more and more like us.  Characters like Daredevil and Arrow are ordinary people who encountered things in their lives that made them extraordinary. I think these characters are connecting with people more than alien beings that have super strength and can’t be killed by bullets.  These heroes are super, but they have similar vulnerabilities to us all.

I was thinking there are people I encounter everyday that fit this description.  These people bear much resemblance to superheroes.  They protect the innocent and keep those who need protection the most out of harm’s way.  They endlessly give of their time, talent, and treasure so that others may have rewarding lives. Often times, they have sacrificed their own security and no one really sees the enormity of that sacrifice.  It is not uncommon for them to be awake in the middle of the night while the rest of the world sleeps, keeping watch and waiting for any trouble that might brew.  When they have seemingly no strength left, they still muster up something that allows them to continue in their job.  And because of their lifestyle, they have to sometimes forfeit other relationships, devoting themselves to cause that means everything to them. With all this, they still easily feel the pain of their battles and as strong as they seem, they are not completely invincible. Each new day brings new challenges and new villains to battle. They are superheroes and super stewards.  They are parents.

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About Tracy Earl Welliver

Tracy Earl Welliver is the Director of Parish Community and Engagement for LPi and an active member of Saint Pius X Catholic Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, where he previously served as Pastoral Associate for 22 years. Saint Pius X received the Archbishop Murphy Award in 2009 from the ICSC. Tracy is a writer, speaker, and teacher in the areas of stewardship, engagement, catechesis, and strengths theory, and has worked with Catholic communities throughout the US, Australia, and New Zealand. You can read Tracy’s Everyday Stewardship column in LPi’s CONNECT!, a bimonthly lectionary-based liturgy preparation publication. His writing can also be read on his Nutshell Blog, The Main Thing Blog, and in contributions to Catholic TechTalk. He also serves on the faculty for the ICSC Stewardship Institutes. Tracy has theology degrees from DeSales University and Duke Divinity School. He has been married 23 years and he and his wife, Mariann, have 3 children.

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