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 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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The Masonic Bridge Builder

Posted by on Jul 30, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

An old Brother on a lone highway, Came at the evening, cold and gray, To a chasm, vast, and deep and wide., Through which was flowing a sullen tide. The old Brother crossed in the twilight dim; For the sullen stream had no fear for him; But he turned, when safe on the other side, To build a bridge to span the tide. “Old Brother,” said a fellow pilgrim near, “You are wasting your strength in building here: Your journey will end with the close of day; You never again will pass his way; You’ve crossed the chasm, deep and wide – Why build this bridge at the evening tide?” The Brother lifted his old gray head: “My Brother, in the path I have come,” he said, “There followeth after me today, A young Brother, whose feet must pass this way. “This chasm, that has been naught to me, To that young Brother may a pitfall be, He, too, must cross in the twilight dim; My Brother, I’m building this bridge for him.” Sam...

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Our Cabletow

Posted by on Jun 27, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Sometimes we hardly know its there, Our guiding cabletow; If we go down the paths of right, Its hold we never know; But if we start the way that’s wrong, It has a sudden way that strong, And makes us heed its strength to lead Down paths we ought to go. And yet how good a thing to feel, How fine a thing to know, That when the baser actions seek To wreck and overthrow, When worldly appetites deprave, Or lower passions would enslave, We then can feel, like gripping steel, Our guiding cabletow. George B....

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The Good Word

Posted by on May 30, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

We do not hold the right to chide, Our brother—aye, he is our fiend: 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 alone Is the good trait. Our censure smarts And sears till it is overthrown— Speak the good word! Speak the good word–-the word that gives The newer impulse and the hope, A word that 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 censuring 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 this our friend— Speak the good...

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Always a Mason

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Let no king quite put off his crown; I still would have him kingly when In some old inn the king sat down To banquet with hi serving-men, I love a mild and merry priest, Whom Brother toast, and neighbours prod; Yet I would have him, at the feast A little of the man of God. So with a Mason: I would see Him somewhat of a Mason still, Though far from Lodge-rooms he may be, In court, or counting-house, or mill. Whatever garment he may doff, What mark Masonic lay aside, I would not have him quite put off The Craft he lately glorified. A soldier is a soldier though He lays the sword aside awhile, The time, the place, I do not know Man may not serve, or may not smile, I know no moment anywhere, Whatever place the place may be, A Mason may not always wear A little of his Masonry. Douglas...

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L’Union Franciase 17

Posted by on Oct 7, 2014 in Travelers Corner | 0 comments

[NOTE: This is not our home lodge but is a lodge that one of our brethen has visited. Our lodge is located in the San Francisco Bay Area.On a recent trip to NYC, I decided to ping Brother Michael C., with whom I share memberships in research societies and lodges. Being a brother from NYC, he quickly inquired around and found out the French Lodge L’Union Francaise 17 was meeting during a night I was free.] L’Union Francaise has a very rich history (founded in 1773 and chartered in NY in 1797) that can be found on their website at: Bro Michael made the necessary contact and next thing I know, we were invited by the equivalent of District Inspectors (District Deputy Grand Master). Since I arrived a bit in advance, I decided to visit the library. There, beside discovering they have a massive list of masonic books, all kept in a secure, temperature controlled room, I saw some very emotionally charged object such as these French masonic jewels recovered from the Gestapo Headquarters in Berlin by GIs and Brethren. The brethren who were the rightful owners of these had probably died in the end of the ruthless criminal Nazi regime. I also saw one of the rare numbered copies of the Processus Contra Templarios, the book published in 2007 from the secret archives of the Vatican and that mostly show that the Templars were originally declared innocent by the Inquisition before the pope, under pressure from the King of France reversed that original ruling. The proceedings were then sealed in secrecy for more than 700 years. Finally, time arrived when I presented myself to the members of L’UF17. There I was received and quickly vouched by the District Deputy GM who knew about my visit but also about the “standard” paperwork from the GL of California. Each and every one of the brethren shake my hand with a big smile saying they were happy to have a visitor from the West. That night, in addition to brother Michael and I, another brother from the GLNF in France was visiting. Then, the calendar of events that night was communicated. Stated meeting AND 3 second degrees. In my mind, this was going to be a long evening. When the meeting started, WM Alan B. decided to invite me to a seat in the East (the perk of being an Inspector). From there, I had a partially obstructed view of the floor and thought it will be hard to fully see the degrees. However, to my surprise, and also feeling honored and privileged, they decided that the 3 visitors will be the guide for each candidate at the 2nd degree....

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