DARK KNIGHT DESCENDS
Meanwhile, back at the abbey… We had already celebrated the Church’s heroes and heroines on Tuesday, All Saints’ Day. The saints are definitely not in the same class as “Superheroes,” because they are real-life, flesh and blood persons, not fictional creations. They just did little things extraordinarily well, or managed to let the Lord work though them to do some extraordinary things.
On Thursday, the film crews spent hours shooting scenes of an arch-villain’s den inside the highly disguised rotunda of Newark’s City Hall. Meanwhile, back at the abbey five blocks away up the hill, we were celebrating the feast of Saint Martin de Porres. Born in 1639 in Lima, Peru of a black-slave mother and a Spanish father, he had very little education. He was accepted as a brother in the Dominican order, and soon he quietly set to work with extraordinary energy and endless kindness to help the poor, slaves, mulattoes and other outcasts of Lima. His fellow Dominicans, including priest theologians started coming to him for his wise spiritual insights and counsel. (He was friends with another non-superhero, Saint Rose of Lima.) Even before his death he was venerated not as a superhero but as Saint Martin de Porres.
GOTHAM COPS INVADE!
So, superhero week was quite a success here at Newark Abbey, as we hobnobbed with All the Saints on Tuesday, with a mulatto Peruvian on Thursday and on Friday with a might-have-been wealthy prince who passed up the opportunity in favor of serving the church.