Echoes

Posted by on Jul 29, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Fine men have walked this way before, Whatever Lodge your Lodge may be; Whoever stands before the door, The sacred arch of Masonry, Stands where the wise, the great, the good, In their own time and place have stood. You are not Brother just with these, Your friends and neighbours; you are kin With Masons down the centuries; This room that now you enter in Has felt the tread of many feet, For here all Masonry you meet. You walk he path the great have trod, The great in heart, the great in mind, Who looked through Masonry to God, And looked through God to all mankind Learned more than word or sign or grip, Learned Man’s and God’s relationship. To him who sees, who understands, How might Masonry appears! A Brotherhood of many lands, A fellowship of many years, A Brotherhood, so great, so vast, Of all the Craft of all the past. And so I say a sacred trust Is yours to share, is yours to keep; I hear the voice of men of dust, I hear the step of men asleep; And down the endless future, too, And own shall echo after you. Douglas...

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Charity

Posted by on Jun 28, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Freemasonry has tenets peculiar to itself. They serve as testimonials of character and qualifications, which are only conferred after due course of instruction and examination. These are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attention and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost as long as memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned, let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world, still those credentials remain, and are available for use as circumstances require. The good effects they have produced are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; they have softened the asperities of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdues the rancor of malevolence; and broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitudes of the uncultivated forest, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, the most distant regions and diversified condition, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special satisfaction that the have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason. Benjamin Franklin What though a man win wealth and the applause of fame, and have not Charity, it is mothing; what though he sway the world with his eloquence and miss the high prize of “self-knowledge, self-reverence and selfcontrol,” even if men erect an obelisk of gold above his grave it is monument to a failure. He only is wise who lives a simple, sincere, faithful life, building on the Square by the Plumb, toiling in the light of Eternity. Joseph Fort...

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The Good Word

Posted by on May 22, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Our brother—aye he is our friend; We do not hold the right to chide, To flout and damn, world without end, The foibles that the past should hide. Deep hidden in his heart of hearts, Or maybe shining forth lone Is the good trait. Our censure smarts And sears till it is overthrow— Speak the good word! Speak the good word—the word that gives The newer impulse and the hope, A word the helps, and grows, and lives A Light to them that blindly grope Through all the darkness of despair. They know their faults, and know them well! Of censurings they have their share— The kind words are the ones that tell: Speak the good word! A good word is a helping hand, A coin that’s minted of fine gold; To read the rote of faults we’ve banned May loose the eager climber’s hold, Our life is short; we cannot do All we would have it comprehend, But this much, truly, I and you May do each day for the our friend— Speak the good word! Wilbur D....

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Brotherhood

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

One of the most impressive and touching things in human history is that certain ideal interests have been set apart as especially venerated among all peoples. Guilds have arisen to cultivate the interests embodied in art, science, philosophy, fraternity and religion, to train men in their service, to bring their power to bear upon the common life of mortals and send through that common life the glory of the ideal, as the sun shoots its transfiguring rays through the great dull cloud, evoking beauty from the brown earth. Such is Masonry, which unites all these high interests and brings to their service a vast, world-wide fraternity of free men, built upon a basis of spiritual faith, whose mission it is to make men friends, to refine and exalt their lives, to turn them from the semblance of life to homage for truth, righteousness, and character. Forming one great society over the whole globe, it upholds every noble and redeeming ideal of humanity, making all good things better by its presence, like a meadow that rests on a subterranean stream. He who would reckon the spiritual possessions of our race must take account of the genius of Masonry and its ministry to the highest life of man. Joseph Fort Newton Speak well of every man you can: Think only thoughts of good; Write splendid words about your friends; Thus hasten Brotherhood. W. W....

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Get Away from the Crowd

Posted by on Mar 31, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Get Away from the Crowd Get away from the crowd for a while, and think. Stand on one side and let the world run by, while you get acquainted with yourself and see what kind of a fellow you are. Ask yourself hard questions about yourself. Ascertain, from original sources, if you are really the manner of man you say you are; and if you are always honest; if you always tell the square, perfect truth in business details; if your life is as good and upright at eleven o’clock at night as it is at noon; if you are as good a temperance man on a fishing excursion as you are on a Sunday-school picnic; if you are as good when you go to the city as you are at home; if, in short, you are really the sort of man your father hopes you are and your sweetheart believes you are. Get on intimate terms with yourself, my boy, and, believe me, ever time you come out of one of those private interviews you will be stronger, better, purer man. ROBERT BURDETTE Don’t Worry Do not be troubled because you have not great virtues. God made a million spears of grass where He made one tree. The earth is fringed and carpeted not with forests but with grasses. Only have enough of little virtues and common fidelities and you need not mourn because you are neither a hero nor a saint. HENRY WARD...

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Could You Pass This Masonic Test?

Posted by on Feb 27, 2017 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

This is a story, whose author is unknown and which may have been told in different ways over the years, but has a strong Masonic message: A Mason, who always wore his Masonic ring and lapel pin in public, on some occasions rode the bus from his home to the downtown area. On one such trip, when he sat down, he discovered that the driver had mistakenly given him a quarter too much change. As he considered what to do, he thought, “You’d better give the quarter back. It would be wrong to keep it.” Then he thought, “ It’s just a quarter, no one would bother with this small amount.. Anyway, the company gets enough fare and they will never miss it. Accept it as a ‘gift from God’ and stay quiet.” When his stop came, he paused at the door and then handed the quarter to the driver and said, “Here, you gave me too much change.” The driver smiled and said, “I noticed your Masonic ring and lapel pin. I have been thinking lately about asking a Mason how to join. I just wanted to see what you would do if I gave you too much change. You passed the test. Can you tell me how to become a Mason?” When the Mason stepped off the bus, he said a silent prayer, “O Grand Architect of the Universe, I almost sold you and my beloved Masons for a mere quarter.” Our actions are the only Masonic creed some will ever see. This story is an example of how people watch us as Masons and may put us to the test without us realizing it. Remember, whenever you carry the name or a symbol of Masonry in public, you can never tell who might be...

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Virtues To Live By

Posted by on Dec 4, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

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...

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I am Freemasonry

Posted by on Nov 7, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I was born in antiquity, in the ancient days when man first dreamed of God. I have been tried through the ages, and found true. The crossroads of the world bear the imprint of my feet, and the cathedrals of all nations mark the skill of my hands. I strive for beauty and symmetry. In my heart is wisdom, strength and courage for those who ask. Upon my alter is the book of Holy Writ and my prayers are to the one Omnipotent God. My sons work and pray together, without rank or discord, in the public mart and in the inter chamber. By signs and symbols I teach the lessons of life and death and the relationship of man with God and of man with man. My arms are widespread to receive those of lawful age and good report who seek me of their own free will. I will accept them and teach them to use my tools in the building of men, and thereafter, find direction in their own quest for perfection so much desired and so difficult to attain. I lift up the fallen and shelter the sick. I hark to the orphans cry, the widows tears, the path of the old and destitute. I am not church, nor party, nor school, yet my sons bear a full share of responsibility to God, their liberties, and alert to lurking dang.er. At the end I commit them as each one undertakes the journey beyond the vale into the glory of everlasting life. I ponder the sand within the glass and think how small is a single life in the eternal universe. Always have I taught immortality, and even as I raise men from the darkness into the light, I am a way of life. I AM FREEMASONRY by Ray V. Denslow Member of...

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Needed: Good Samaritans

Posted by on Aug 23, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Open your eyes and look for some man, or some work for the sake of men, which needs a little time, a little friendship, a little sympathy, a little sociability, a little human toil. Perhaps it is a lonely person, or an embittered person, or an invalid, or some unfortunate inefficient, to who you can be something. It may be an old man or it may be a child. Or some good work is in want of volunteers who will devote a free evening to it or will run on errands for it. Who can reckon up all the ways in which that priceless fund of impulse, man, is capable of exploitation! He is needed in every nook and corner. Therefore search and see if there is not some place where you may invest your humanity. Do not be put off if you find that you have to wait and xperiment. Be sure that you will have disappointments to endure. But do not be satisfied without some side line in which you may give yourself out as a man to men. There is one waiting for you if only you are willing to take it up in the right spirit. ALBERT SCHWEITZER “What are you doing?” a man asked three labourers beside a building under construction. The first man replied, “Stone-cuttin’.” The second smiled. “Puttin’ in time—until a better job comes along.” The third man waited a moment and then said simply, “I’m building a cathedral!”...

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