When Bob Blogosphere interviewed me for his article about the A-Z challenge, he remarked on my lack of readers, and then gave me a bit of advice: “You’ve still got a few letters to go before the end of the month. Use one of them to write something popular. Go on. Give it a go… You’ll see. The comments will come flooding in. It'll be a challenge.”

So I have decided to dedicate S to Superheroes. That’s a high interest topic, don’t you agree? Here goes…

He’s wearing his Superman suit, with its huge red letter S on his chest. His blue cape hangs over his shoulders.

“I’m fighting the bad guy," he cries, as he launches himself off the sofa, and flies across the room.

“The bad guy?” I ask, lifting my eyes from my book. “Lex Luther?”

“Nah!” he cries, as he swoops from side to side, his cape streaming out behind him. “I’m fighting the biggest enemy of them all, much worse than Lex Luther.”

My superhero knowledge is rather limited, so I ask, “Who’s that?”

He comes to a halt in front of me. “The devil, of course!”

“Oh, yes!” I agree quickly. Now why didn’t I think of that? “What superpowers are you using? Super strength? X-ray vision? Speed-of-light flight?”

He sighs and rolls his eyes. “None of those would work against the devil.” I guess he’s right. “I need supernatural weapons. I have to be strong to resist the enemy. I need grace." He looks at me to make sure I'm listening. "That comes from God, you know.”

I smile. I do know, but I don’t tell him.

He is off again across the room, but he shouts over his shoulder, “I’ve got lots of helpers in this battle. Lots of helpers with supernatural powers.”


“Yes. There’s all the saints. St Michael the Archangel is the best of them all.” He draws out an imaginary sword and darts this way and that. “I’ve just thought of something else,” he shouts. “The name of Jesus. That will scare the devil away.”

“But aren’t you scared of the devil?” I ask. “He’s very powerful. And clever. He sneaks up on people.”

“Oh yes!" he says, darting behind the sofa. “He has invisibility. People don’t even know he’s there. He likes to trick people. Do you think he laughs when everyone says, 'There's no such thing as the devil'?"

I nod. "He must laugh a lot."

"But he doesn’t fool me,” he says, as he reappears. He peers to the left and then to the right, as he emerges into full view. "I'm watching out for him. I’m ready for action!”

And then just as he is about to take off into space again, he changes his mind. He stops, his brow wrinkled in thought. After a few moments, he says, "I bet the devil can change himself into whatever he likes. Transformation: that's a very powerful weapon."

"So how do you fight that?" I ask.

"I'll just have to change myself into something even more powerful. I'll transform myself into a saint." He flings his arms out, and twirls himself around and around in a circle. "All I need is more super grace."

“More super grace?” 

“Yes, I'll ask God for it," he says, staggering with dizziness. "He has so much of it, it never runs out. Don’t you think that’s wonderful? Super grace must be the best super power ever."

I am about to agree, but my superhero hasn't finished. “I bet God could fire a huge arrow right at the devil." He falls to his knees. "I could pray a powerful prayer and God would help me." He screws his eyes shut. "That would make the devil quiver!"

“You could say the Rosary?” I suggest. "That's a very powerful prayer."

“Oh yes!” he replies, opening one eye. “Just a decade though, or two Hail Marys, or even just one. I am only a little superhero after all.”

I grin. “I don’t suppose you want to fast then?”

He thinks carefully for a moment. “Well, that’s very powerful too, but I’m growing still. I’ll save that one until I’m bigger. I need to develop my super powers slowly.”

“Very wise,” I agree. “How about a sacrifice? You could clean your bedroom.”

He ignores this suggestion. The word ‘sacrifice’ has given him another idea. “We could go to Mass,” he says.

I look at my watch. “You really want to go? We’ve just got time to get there.”

“Can I go in my superhero costume? Can we stop for an ice-cream on the way home?”

“Of course."

Minutes later we are on our way to the church. The sacrifice of Jesus will be offered for the sins of the world. We’re going to come home with grace. Watch out devil! We’re superheroes with the best weapons ever. With God on our side, you have no chance at all!

I finish my post and hit 'publish'. Will Bob Blogosphere like it? It doesn’t take long to find out.

An email arrives: Sue, just read your Superhero post. How did all that faith stuff get into it? It isn’t quite what I had in mind. Pageviews? Comments? Followers? I’d forget all about those if I were you. You’re a hopeless case.

I can hear Bob sighing from here.

Image: Superman II by Balsavor(CC BY-ND 3.0)

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  1. I wonder if we've been a little hard on poor, old Bob, Sue. After all, he may just want to spread your love and give more people a chance to love you! I think he's worrying needlessly, though. You could probably make a great story out of cleaning drains or filling in tax forms:-)

    I sometimes worry about superheroes who seem to cross the line and turn into gods. I like your Christian version of the theme.

    God bless, Sue:-)

    1. Vicky,

      "...he may just want to spread your love and give more people a chance to love you! " That sounds like the kind of thing a beautiful sister might say!

      Cleaning drains and filling in tax forms? Oh I don't think anyone could make those topics sound interesting.

      Christian superheroes... I fear I am getting very silly! I'm having fun though which is more important than Bob realises.

      Thank you for your comment!

  2. Oh how I like this superhero story. I think I've got to translate it for the Owlets' faith education. Don't lend Bob Blogosphere too much ear. Grace and fun (which the Devil does not understand according to The Screwtape Letters) are much more important than followers and pageviews.

    1. Uglemor,

      Thank you!

      I am guessing the Owlets are learning English at school (when they are not locked out!) Do all high school students learn English or is it an elective subject?

      I must hunt a copy out of The Screwtape Letters. It's been a long time since I last read it. You are so right about grace and fun being much more important than followers and pageviews.

      Thank you for always stopping to chat. I really think friends are the best bit about blogging!

    2. English is a must have subject for all Danish pupils starting now at 3rd form (5th when I went to school). It follows us all the way up. There's no escaping English lessons until you leave school. Later German or French (pick one) is added (When I went to school everybody had German from 7th, and optional Latin in 9th and French in 10th) School in Denmark is now 10 years minimum, 0 through 9th form with 10th form a "think things through-year" for those not really ready to face Secondary school yet. (When I went to school 1st to 7th was compulsory, 8th to 10th split in a "bookish" and a "free" part). Secondary school lasts three years, spilt in several subject groups, but all including English (and Math).
      Thanks for your always kind and encouraging words.

    3. Uglemor,

      Thank you for sharing all the info on your school system. There seems to be a lot of emphasis on languages, which I think is good. These days with the Internet and easy travel, there are many opportunities to use a language other than our own. I am now thinking I should encourage my own children to learn a second language other than Latin (which they are all learning or have learnt.)

      Our children have to go to school (or be registered as a homeschooler) until they are 17. We have 13 years of school: kindergarten, years 1-6 of primary school, and years 7-12 of high school.

      "a "think things through-year" I like the sound of that! That sounds very sensible.

  3. Wow, how very powerful!!Love this, love this, Sue!!

    So well done and inspiring! I come here when I need some writing motivation, Sue!

    So this week, if you have an A-Z post...any one...that you'd like to link to my Memoir hop, I'd be honored!! The link doesn't expire so you can link any day this week...no pressure though!
    And I have to say how strange it is to see comments with a time that is 11 from now!! Funny. But it must get old hearing that from far 'western' friends...:)

    Have a great day!

    1. Chri,

      Thank you so much for reading my story and for your kind words. I do appreciate them.

      Thank you also for the invitation to link to your memoir hop. It is me that feels honoured to be able to participate!! I will link a story soon. I was a bit concerned I linked a Tuesday's post for your Monday hop, so I am pleased to hear time doesn't matter.

      Time is funny, isn 't it? When you visit my blog you do a bit of time travelling into the future! I rather like the idea we are out there in front leading the way, at least in time. Probably we are far behind in everything else!

      I hope you have a great day too!

  4. This is the best super hero story I've ever read! It's really so real!

    1. Monica,

      Thank you! I suppose everything I wrote was real except for the character of the boy. I just put it all into superhero language. I enjoyed writing this story. I could just imagine the boy flying around the room while he was thinking!

      Thank you for your kind comment!

  5. This post is SUPER!!! Someone was bound to say that sooner or later, so I figured I'd go on and be the one to do it. You are allowed to groan. And the best thing is: I am RIGHT!

    I agree with Vicky.. you could write about cleaning drains and we'd all be riveted. But actually, this super story is loaded with truth, as we know. I think the reason superheroes are so loved is that they remind us of what is true - that there really IS a Superhero.

    Hear that, Mr. B.? It's really true.

    1. Nancy,

      I had a low spot on Sunday when I didn't want to write another word. I looked at this story and decided it was awful, but I had nothing else to publish yesterday... So you can see why I am appreciating everyone's kind words! Thank you.

      Yes, there is a Superhero! Superhero stories really do reflect the real battle between God and the devil, between good and evil. I think deep down everyone wants to believe in a superhero that will save us and the world. That's probably why superhero stories are so popular.

      Cleaning drains? It's just as well I'm running out of letters otherwise I might be tempted to take up the challenge and write about drains! Counting a ladybug's eyelashes was hard enough!

      Will Mr B disappear after this, or will he be back?

      God bless!

  6. Yup, you did it girl! I really enjoyed this and only wished that it was kinda true as I would so love to meet that kid!

    Sue you have such a natural gift for writing; I think that it is one of your super powers. I am sure you have more ;)

    1. Lisa,

      I am glad you enjoyed my story! I think it wouldn't be difficult to teach a young superhero loving child, about the real Superhero and the real enemy by using superhero language. Their imaginations are so lively. I guess that's why they love pretending to battle enemies with their superhero powers. I think the story boy could be a normal kid because he recognised he was a little superhero, and had lots of growing to do. He certainly didn't want to say the whole Rosary!

      I enjoy writing, and I feel very encouraged when you and other kind friends stop to comment. Thank you!


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