Superhero Report from August 18, 2014.
Each and every one of us has been uniquely and creatively gifted to be a vessel through which LOVE is made manifest in our world. In service to this unique giftedness, we have also been blessed with a certain kind of magic which allows these gifts to be used in service to the betterment of the world and in ways that are no less than miraculous. In the Catholic tradition in which I was raised, this magic is referred to as charisms, known in other traditions as spiritual gifts or in the yogic tradition as siddhis. For our purposes here, I will refer to these gifts as our Superpowers!
From the perspective of the Catholic tradition, The Catherine of Siena Institute has identified twenty-six charisms or spiritual gifts, which again, I will refer to as Superpowers. (have participants write these down as you read them).
- Discernment of Spirits
- Intercessory Prayer
- Voluntary Poverty
- Speaking in Tongues
- Interpretation of Tongues
A Superpower is not, however, to be confused with a gift or a talent. Talents are something we learn. Superpowers are something with which we are endowed. The mark of a true superpower is in its effortless accomplishment and in its miraculous fruits. When we are engaged in our superpower, we find that the work of doing it is effortless and the results are far beyond what we know ourselves to be humanly capable of. The reason for this is that when engaged in our charism, it is not ourselves who are doing the work, but God doing it through us.
In addition to the traditional Superpowers, I have identified a few Superpowers specific to Superheroes. These Superpowers are not necessarily directed toward the betterment of the world (though they can be), but are used to support the Superhero and their unique call in the world. These Superpowers include, but are not limited to:
- Trans-dimensional vision, hearing
- Time Walking
- Inter-dimensional travel
- Time Morphing
- Soul Retrieval
What are your Superpowers?