where is thy sting

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“If time is a dream, then she was always there, wasn’t she? from the moment I took my first breath till the end of the world. Always at my side — offering me love and wisdom, companionship and challenge. My wife, my lover, my best friend. […] Maybe this feeling we share, Lois and I, is the doorway into a place that transcends death and life, Earth and Krypton. Perhaps it isn’t just time but all of creation that’s a dream. And the only thing that gives it meaning, binds it together — it’s love.”
                      – Superman: Where is Thy Sting (2001)

From one of my ancestors’ obituaries, 1910:

“Her life, though not without its sorrows, was as the shining day, that reflects its fullest light at evening tide. The patience with which she bore the cares of this life will long shine as a beacon light in guiding others over the stony path of duty. […] The end was quiet and peaceful, and when the summons came, it found her ready to join that inumerable throng that moves to the pale realms of shade.”

Mae Young’s headstone
[1923 - 2014]

Born Johnnie Mae Young in Sands Springs, Okla, the daughter of John and Lillie Mae Young would become “The Great Mae” and be considered one of the toughest in the wrestling business.

A career that began in 1940 would span seven decades. In 1945, “The Great Mae” would be the only lady to wrestle Champion Mildred Burke to a 30 minute draw in Louisville, KY., and was an undefeated U.S. Champion Lady Wrestler. At the young age of 80, “The Great Mae” and her partner in the squared circle, “The Fabulous Moolah” would sign a five year contract with WWE, and together win a Pro Wrestling Match in Columbia, SC in 2003.

Death is where thy sting; Grave is where thy victory; We have a building of God; A house not made with hands Eternal in the heavens.

Christ is Risen! Indeed He is Risen!

O death, where is thy sting? O hades, where is thy victory?
Christ is risen, and you are overthrown!
Christ is risen, and the demons are fallen!
Christ is risen, and the angels rejoice!
Christ is risen, and life reigns!
Christ is risen, and not one dead remains in a tomb!
For Christ, being raised from the dead, has become the First-fruits of them that slept.
To Him be glory and might unto ages of ages. Amen.

Paschal Homily