Saturday, March 23, 2013

Freemason Thoughts # 4

"There is not a subject so little understood by even its own members as that of Freemasonry.  It is not in the strict sense an order.  Its purpose is more clearly defined when it is called a fraternity, a brotherhood, or an institution.  It is certainly not a club.  Ritualism is not Masonry.  The ritual is the vehicle which conveys the sublime truths to the heart and mind.  If the forms and ceremonies through which the candidate passes fail to lift him to higher conceptions of life, duty and charity, then they are mere sounding brass and tinkling cymbal."

--- West Australian Craftsman

Printed in the South Dakota Masonic Messenger, Feb. 1974

Follow-up to Freemason Thoughts # 4

Want to make a difference in someone's life?
Do you want to make your Lodge night a better experience.
Make the first year of every candidates life a golden learning experience.
It's not just about the ritual experience.
It is the example set not only by every lodge officer but every member of our fraternity who comes in contact with that candidate. 

Think about it! 

They all join with an expectation of 
"wanting to do more" or "becoming a better man".
They take the oath and become our Brother
Show them what that should really mean.
Encourage others to do the same.
Careful what you say and do in front of them.
If they see nothing, or learn nothing, and hear the negative lately, 
then they will not be inspired and end up 
doing nothing for your Lodge or the community.

Show them by words and examples of what sets Freemasonry apart.
Don't rely on the history of what others have previously done.
Share the history, but make some of your own.
Create a project or help with someone else' 
Not enough happening at the right time in your Lodge.
Check the District Calendar for other events going on around the area.
Any Lodge would welcome help from any Brother or Brothers.
   Satisfaction comes from doing something.
Make a difference and do it with a candidate by your side.
Make the 1st year the example of what a Freemason does!
You will both be better for it!

---- Masonic Almanac Editor  - March 23, 2013