Thor & Mothers

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Avengers: Endgame — spoiler alert.

This man watched his own mother murdered, watched his own brother being choked to death, watched his best friend get stabbed to death, and watched half of his people get slaughtered. He also watched his father die and witnessed his home destroyed due to events triggered by his psychotic sister.

Despite these, Thor managed to overpower Thanos with a surprise attack and pierced him in the chest with his newfound weapon. Unfortunately, Thanos’ jeer came like salt to the wound: “You should have gone for the head.”

Right there, Thanos snapped his fingers and half the universe perished. So close yet so far. Thor had all that strength, but nothing to do with it. He was crushed mentally and emotionally. He fell into a deep dark abyss. Even the mere mention of the name ‘Thanos’ traumatized him and wrought negative flashbacks. Knowing that you could have stopped it if it weren’t for your own negligence is always the worst feeling to deal with.

In his despair, Thor plunged into alcoholism and cut himself off from the world. Isolation, depression, avolition, helplessness, you name it. Mighty and fearless Thor, first seen battling an army of frost giants, now a melted ice-cream struggling with a panic attack. What kind of counsel could possibly help Thor get back on his feet? It was none other than words from his mother.

A mother will always be special because she has built something more magnificent than any building or artifact – a dwelling for an immortal soul, the tiny perfection of her baby’s body. Even the angels have not been blessed with such Grace. The angels cannot share in God’s creative miracle to bring new souls into the world. Only a human mother can. Mothers are closer to the Creator than any other creature; God joins forces with mothers in performing this act of creation.
— Joseph Cardinal Mindszenty

It was only upon receiving wisdom from his mother that Thor saw the light. It inspired him and gave him hope, giving him the strength to stand up one last time. Let us treasure our mothers, especially this Mother’s Day. Let us treasure Mary, the Mother of Christ. Mary’s succinct words resound powerfully to us today:

“Do whatever He tells you.” (John 2:5)


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Featured image: Movie still from “A Precious Lesson From An Avenger“.

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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