The Meaning of the Word Hero

The word hero is one of those overused four-letter words.  Webster's online dictionary says:  a mythological or legendary figure often of divine descent endowed with great strength or ability, an illustrious warrior,  a man admired for his achievements and noble qualities, one who shows great courage or the principal male character in a literary or dramatic work, the central figure in an event, period, or movement and lastly:  an object of extreme admiration and devotion:  idol.

I hear the word a lot, but never in the context of it's actual meaning.  We live in a society where people are famous for being famous and contribute nothing of value to society except to sell magazines because their face is on the cover.  Television is filled with "reality" shows that show young people behaving badly as well as older people who should know better.

My own interpretation of the word was someone who saved someone's life, but it's rarely used in that form.  The word itself got me thinking. "Back in the day" the Beatles were my heroes/idols.  Music was my escape as well as books.  Today I still love the music of the 60's, but I wouldn't call anyone my hero.   This is probably where you would think I would expound that the Lord Jesus Christ is my hero, but you would be wrong.  I don't see our Lord in that way, but I do see His people in that role.

We are His messengers or so we should be.  I'm not a "door-to-door" kind of person.  I live my faith as best I can and for the most part, quietly.  If you ask me, I will tell you how I became Catholic or how I've come to know Our Lord through His Church. This Christmas season is a good time to be generous, but if you're strapped for cash, you can give of your time or make a promise to help out a worthy organization when you can afford to part with a few dollars. I found a quote of Mother Teresa's in Voices of the Saints by Bert Ghezzi:

A mere smile, a short visit, the lighting of a lamp, writing a letter for a blind man, carrying a bucket of charcoal, reading the newspaper for someone - something small, very small - may, in fact be our love of God in action.   Teresa of Calcutta was Beatified in 2004 and her feast day is September 7.


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  • Well said...but the breed is fast disappearing!

  • In reply to Jack Spatafora:

    I agree ... and thanks for commenting.

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