Heroes in Stories

Human beings are story tellers. From childhood, we hunger for stories just as we hunger for food. Stories influence our lives, whether in the form of fairy tales, novels, films, songs, news, even if we don’t always realize it. Often, we decide what is right or wrong based on characters and stories we have made our own. Stories leave their mark on us; they shape our convictions and our behavior. They can help us understand and communicate who we are… The stories of different ages all have a common “loom:” the thread of their narrative involves “heroes,” including everyday heroes who, in following a dream, confront difficult situations and combat evil, driven by a force that makes them courageous, the force of love. By immersing ourselves in stories, we can find reasons to heroically face the challenges of life.

Pope Francis on June 2, 2020.

Who are your heroes or heroines from Scripture? From the Communion of Saints? From your own family?

Why do you think of these people as heroes or heroines?

What can you learn from these people?

Are St. Vincent de Paul, St. Louise de Marillac, St. Catherine Laboure, and/or St. Elizabeth Ann  Seton considered one of your heroes or heroines?

Submitted by Sister Regina Hlavac, D.C.