Brethren: Due to the fires in California for the last few years, this, on Masonic Charity, is more relevant than ever. So I am repeating it this month.
Masonic charity is not limited to simple gifts and contributions of money or other tangible material of worldly good, although these, when necessary, are right and proper, and are included within the term of charity … True charity extends to all the wants of the great brotherhood of man. Have the cold and pitiless storms of a selfish, unfeeling world beat upon the heart, charity throws around it her broad mantle of brotherly love and affection, which warms and infuses into its whole being new life and animation, and as the genial showers and summer sun cause the face of nature to smile and look glad, so the drops of genial affection and the rays of brotherly love, beaming from its benign countenance of one whose heart is prompted by the honest impulses of genuine charity, cause the soul of the recipient thereof to overflow with gratitude and joy … The true Mason is continually seeking opportunities for the exercise of those virtues —the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth—of Faith, Hope and charity … He knows his duties, and knowing seeks to reduce them to practice; for with him Masonry is a living reality and not theory alone. It is the practice of those virtues that he delight for he has learned that in doing good there is much joy. Is a brother afflicted and distressed, his hand is ever ready to aid and assist him, and to relieve his want and necessities. The blessed influences of brotherly love and charity—twin daughters of Heaven—prompt him to those novble deeds of benevolence which give joy and gladness to many a weary, sad and sorrowing heart … This is the charity which envieth not another and which puffeth not itself, which is kind and forbearing, full of long-suffering, and goodness and truth.
J. Q. Goss