As a child, I both wanted to believe superheroes were real and that I could one day be one. I wanted to believe that if I put up the bat signal, Batman would come to my rescue. I also hoped to one day be Superman.
I grew to consider that both dreams were impossible, but as I’ve become older, I have come to believe that maybe this realization was wrong. Last week, I got to meet some superheroes, and these superheroes inspired me to once again believe that you and I might also be called to be superheroes.
We are in full production for #ShareJesus for Advent and last week we had the incredible blessing to spend the day with the Sisters of Life at their Motherhouse outside of NYC and spend some time with the CFR Sisters in the Bronx. It was a fantastic day of filming, and we loved the extended time we got to spend with the Sisters of Life.
I laughed a lot that day. I ate amazing food the Sisters prepared. We filmed some incredible videos. The best experience of the day though was simply seeing Jesus at work in these amazing Sisters. Even though it was a working day, I came home with the distinct feeling of leaving a retreat experience.
These amazing women live contemplative active lives, meaning they pray at least seven different times a day and spend a minimum of one day per week in extended silent prayer. They are committed to real prayer, but they are also committed to real, bold action. Their work is around defending the sanctity of human life and they are also committed to evangelization. The Sisters provide pregnancy help along with opportunities for hope and healing for women who have experienced abortion.
I had the opportunity to sit in for evening prayer for a short time and it was so beautiful. It almost took my breath away. I felt as if it was a little taste of heaven listening to the Sisters chant the liturgical prayers of the church. I don’t long to know that the bat signal is real anymore because I know that these Sisters (and other fabulous orders of Sisters) are praying around the world. They are before the throne of God, and he is smiling down on the world as they give themselves fully to him.
This day had an unexpected impact on my life as I saw Jesus. I saw superheroes not with supernatural abilities but with a singular passion for Jesus and the Church. I also left believing I too could be a superhero. Obviously, I know that I am not called to be a nun. However, I was reminded that I could also live a life of real prayer and bold action. Today we are reminded we are all called to be saints. We do that only relying wholly on him, seeking him in prayer, and being willing to live lives of action. If the Lord calls us to be saints, it must be possible. Let’s recommit our lives to Jesus today and ask him to be our strength, our life, and our everything.
If you aren’t excited about Advent coming soon, you should be. I am convinced the videos for our Advent #ShareJesus campaign are some of the best we’ve ever done and it’s going to be amazing. We will have our Advent promo in the next couple of weeks, but for now, I would love to hear what you think of the blog below in the comments section.