Charles M. Roberts

1. Temperance represents restraint. The Mason must control his passions and desires. He must practice restraint in all things and avoid excess.

2. For the Mason, fortitude symbolizes more then physical courage. It also represents moral courage. The Mason must have the strength and ability to make a decision based upon his own moral convictions and stick to it regardless of the consequences.

3. As a Mason, prudence should be the peculiar characteristic of every Mason, not only for the government of his conduct while in the Lodge, but also when abroad in the world.

4. Finally, justice, is not only consistent with Devine and human laws, but is the very cement and support of civil society; and as justice, in a great measure, constitutes the really good man, so should it be the invariable practice of every Mason never to deviate from the minutest principles thereof.

At the end of the day, living by the cardinal virtues will bring to each of us honor, and a reputations that is untarnished. For our Lodges, as long as we govern ourselves by using the cardinal virtues as a guide, then we will continue to stand the test of time.

(condensed from the Short Talk Bulletin Vol 94 #11)