Thursday, September 25, 2014

Ponder This Masonic Challenge

Being a Mason means much, much more than simply belonging to another organization that is respected in the community. Freemasonry is much, much more than just another association where you hear fine‑sounding lectures and forget them. 

Each of you has undertaken to answer and obey all lawful signs and summonses; you should attend your lodge whenever you can, pleading thereto no excuse save sickness or the pressing emergencies of your public or private avocations. 

Each of you has the responsibility of sharing your time, not only in the lodge but beyond it. 

Each of you is responsible for the use of your abilities and possessions for the benefit of the lodge, the Craft, and the world at large, so far as may fairly be done without injury to yourself or your family. 

If the fundamental principles of Masonry are observed, your abilities, time, and possessions will be expended for the benefit of all mankind, and your Masonry will be meaningful. 

Herein lies your 3 step challenge 
in the next 30 days to be more 
than just a Brother of Freemasonry:

1) Demonstrate the virtue of Brotherly Love.  Reach out to a deserving Brother and do something for him or his family that he does not expect.  Do something that will make his day, maybe his week, or even his month.  Build your bonds with your Brother and it could last a lifetime! 

2) Open your eyes, look around you, there are good men, men of action who would enjoy being part of your Lodge. Make a goal to help build your Lodge this October and share the secret of Freemasonry.  Bring him to open events, especially the Open House.

3) Join with Brothers from your Lodge, or from around your District, and perform a service for your community!  Everyone has said during their investigation: "I want to give back, I want to help people."  Have you recently?  Really?  The opportunities to serve are there, bring a Brother with you and make a difference.  You will both enjoy it, and who know it may even become a habit.

Accept the challenge and let your Masonic principles live!

Send us your story of how you met this challenge and we will 
share the best ones with our readers!

Use the sharing links below and challenge a Brother to take these steps with you!   

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Visiting Brothers have more fun!

This page shows 3 ways Freemasons 
get creative with stones 

Malheur Cave in Eastern Oregon.
Not a lodge, but it's used by the Freemasons
in Burns, Oregon for ceremonies and events.
Mackey’s Fourteenth Landmark reads as follows:
“The right of every Masons to visit and sit in every regular Lodge is an unquestionable Landmark of the Order.  This is called the ‘right of visitation.’  This right of visitation has always been recognized as an inherent right, which inures to every Masons as he travels through the world.  And this is because Lodges are just considered as only divisions for convenience of the universal Masonic Family."

A Mason who has the opportunity to visit in other lodges may well recall the words of the Great Light upon the Altar, no less true for him that they were said in olden time; “Let us go again and visit our Brethren in every city” (Acts 15:36).  Brethren of that lodge which has the privilege of acting as host to him who comes to the Tiler’s door a stranger and enters the lodge as a brother may rejoice in the words:  “Let Brotherly Love continue.  Be not forgetful to entertain strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.” (Hebrews 14:1, 2.)

Brothers, get out and see some Lodges:
There is always something new to see in Freemasonry!


Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Brother Charles Augustus Lindbergh

On his famous solo flight over the Atlantic May 20th, 1927 Colonel Charles Augustus Lindbergh wore a patch of the square and compasses on his jacket as a good luck emblem. He was life member of Keystone Lodge No. 243 in St. Louis, Missouri.  He received his Master Masons Degree December 15th, 1926 just five months before his legendary flight.


Monday, September 22, 2014

Sounds of Freemasons From the Liberty Bell

Andrew McNair, a Philadelphia Mason, rang the Liberty bell in Independence Hall of July 8, 1776 to call the people together to hearing the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The bell developed a crack when it was rung for the death of Supreme Court Chief Justice Marshall, Past Grand Master of Virginia.

Friday, September 19, 2014

Usages of the Cable-Tow

The Cable-Tow is a rope such as would be used to tow or restrain.  It is also generally regarded as a symbol of the voluntary and complete acceptance of, and pledged compliance with, whatever Masonry may have in store.  

To many, the Cable-Tow is symbolic of the umbilical cord, which is necessary to begin life; but is severed when love and care replace it, and the individual grows on his own.   

The length of the Cable-Tow is frequently referred to in the language of Freemasonry, but many of the new Brethren do not understand its meaning.  In the 1800's, a Cable-Tow was deemed to be the distance one could travel in an hour, which was assumed to be about three miles.  

Each Mason is bound to all other Masons by a tie as long and as strong as he himself determines his ability will permit.  One may also consider the idea of the silver cord (Ecclesiastes 12:6) and the Cable-Tow.

Brother: May your Cable-Tow know no bounds for those who truly are in need!

Below found on the web
thought you might enjoy the borrowed reference