Cover image: Frederic Edwin Church (1826-1900), Sunset, 1856, Oil on canvas, Proctor Collection, PC. 21, Munson Williams Proctor Arts Institute, Utica, New York.
When a pandemic interferes with getting the marching band together, you improvise.
And a reminder to take the pledge:
“I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well and faithfully discharge the duties of the office on which I am about to enter: So help me God.”
And now for the nitty gritty of the Q Tree 5 minute, stand up, Tuesday morning meeting version of the Daily Thread.
Guidelines for posting and discussion on this site were outlined by our host, WolfM00n. Please, review them from time to time.
The discourse on this site is to be CIVIL – no name calling, baiting, or threatening others here is allowed. Those who are so inclined may visit Wolf’s other sanctuary, the U-Tree, to slog it out with anyone who happens to still be hanging out there.
This site is a celebration of the natural rights endowed to humans by our Creator as well as those enshrined in the Bill of Rights adopted in the founding documents of the United States of America. Within the limits of law, how we exercise these rights is part of the freedom of our discussion.
Fellow tree dweller Wheatie gave us some good reminders on the basics of civility in political discourse:
- No food fights.
- No running with scissors.
- If you bring snacks, bring enough for everyone.
Part of this passage was used for Mass this past Friday. From the Gospel According to Saint Matthew, Chapter 16: 21-28.
From that time Jesus began to shew to his disciples, that he must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the ancients and scribes and chief priests, and be put to death, and the third day rise again.  And Peter taking him, began to rebuke him, saying: Lord, be it far from thee, this shall not be unto thee.  Who turning, said to Peter: Go behind me, Satan, thou art a scandal unto me: because thou savourest not the things that are of God, but the things that are of men.  Then Jesus said to his disciples: If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.  For he that will save his life, shall lose it: and he that shall lose his life for my sake, shall find it.
 For what doth it profit a man, if he gain the whole world, and suffer the loss of his own soul? Or what exchange shall a man give for his soul?  For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels: and then will he render to every man according to his works.  Amen I say to you, there are some of them that stand here, that shall not taste death, till they see the Son of man coming in his kingdom.
As always, prayers for the fight against that which seeks to enslave us are welcome. Via con Dios.