Living Heroic Lives

“We who are powerful need to be patient with the weakness of those who don’t have power, and not please ourselves. Each of us should please our neighbors for their good in order to build them up.” -Romans 15:1-2

Heroes went super with Action Comics #1 in 1938. Until that time heroes were ordinary people who did extraordinary things (Dick Tracy, The Lone Ranger, Flash Gordon, etc.). Superman was the first superhero, a hero with super powers. Since then, a myriad of “supers” have come on the scene.  There are two main comic book “worlds.” DC, or Detective Comics, introduced Superman, but soon added Batman, Aquaman, WonderWoman, The Flash, The Justice League, etc. The other is Marvel Comics, whose superheroes include Spiderman, Captain America, the Hulk, the X-men and Thor.
 
I have always been a Marvel-man, myself, and I used to have quite an extensive comic book collection before I was married (my favorite superhero was Dr. Strange). I have really enjoyed the new genre of Marvel-world superhero movies: Spiderman, Captain America, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Thor, Iron Man, and most recently Ant Man (an excellent movie, I must say!).

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Rich…in what?

Rich...inwhat

 

This is a picture of a little girl taking a stroll through a garbage dump that is her backyard.  She has to share this space with the rooting pigs as she attempts to keep her new dress in pristine condition.  She lives in Haiti, an island of Caribbean beauty and crippling poverty.  The vast majority of Haitians live on less than two dollars a day and half of children under 5 are malnourished.
 
What can I do? 
 
What do I do with my vague guilt that I set aside now and then?  What do I do about world poverty?  It’s such a huge problem…

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