What Makes a Mason?

Posted by on Oct 1, 2007 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

What makes you a Mason, O brother of mine? It isn’t the dueguard, nor is it the sign, It isn’t the jewel which hangs on your breast, It isn’t the apron in which you are dressed, It isn’t the step, nor the token, nor the grip, Nor lectures that fluently flow from the lip, Nor yet the possession of that mystic word On five points of fellowship duly conferred. Though these are essential, desirable, fine, They don’t make a Mason, O brother of mine. That you to your sworn obligation are true— ‘Tis that, brother mine, makes a Mason of you. Secure in your heart you must safeguard your trust, With lodge and with brother be honest and just, Assist the deserving who cry in their need, Be chaste in your thought, in your word and your deed, Support him who falters, with hope banish fear, And whisper advice in an erring one’s ear. Then will the Great Lights on your path brightly shine, And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine. Your use of life’s hours by the gauge you must try, The gavel to vices with courage apply; Your walk must be upright, as shown by the plumb, On the level, to bourn whence no travelers come; The Book of your faith be the rule and the guide, The compass your passions shut safely inside; The stone which the Architect placed in your care Must pass the strict test of His unerring square, And then you will meet with approval divine, And you’ll be a Mason, O brother of mine. George H....

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Why Men Go To Lodge

Posted by on Jun 1, 2007 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

The lodge is a place for a person who — Seeks fellowship amongst people of high ideals Seeks refuge from the sins and excesses of life within an environment of contemplation, reflection and meditation Seeks to better understand himself Seeks to better understand humanity Contemplates the existence of a supreme being Contemplates the nature and character of the supreme being Seeks to better understand his relationship with the supreme being Seeks a transformative experience Is interested in exploring the mysteries and secrets of nature Is interested in exploring the mysteries and secrets of science Is interested in esoteric study Wants to preserve history Likes to solve puzzles Seeks truth Seeks to understand truth Enjoys philosophical discussion Enjoys spiritual discussion Has a deep appreciation for symbolism Wants to improve his intellectual capacity Wants to become a more well rounded individual Wants to learn how to better understand his fellow human beings Wants to learn how to better appreciate his fellow human beings Wants to learn how to effectively communicate with his fellow human beings Is dedicated to improving the quality of life of his fellow human beings Freemasonry is an organization that: – promotes freedom of thought – promotes freedom of expression – promotes freedom of mobility – promotes freedom of choice – promotes universal brotherhood and humanity – promotes moral and ethical conduct in both public and private affairs – promotes diversity – promotes acceptance, not merely tolerance of others – is concerned with the spiritual and intellectual advancement of humanity – promotes the equality of all races – promotes the equality of all religious and spiritual paths – promotes equality amongst all human beings – preserves the initiatic traditions of humanity – preserves a common body of esoteric knowledge – provides moral support and encouragement to its members and their noble endeavors in life – provides a framework of enlightenment Bro. John Daniele, Secretary A.F. & A.M. No. 305 G.R.C. Humber...

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Masonic Tenants

Posted by on Apr 1, 2007 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 instructions 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 subdued the rancour 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 feels, the most distant regions, and diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a special joy and satisfactions that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason. Benjamin...

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Posted by on Mar 1, 2007 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 interest 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...

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The Mystic Art

Posted by on Dec 8, 2006 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

The world may rail at Masonry, And scoff at Square and Line, We’ll follow with complacency The Master’s great Design. A king can make a gartered Knight And breathe away another; But he, with all his skill and might, Can never make a Brother. This power alone, thou Mystic Art, Freemasonry, is thine: The power to tame the savage heart With brother-love divine! Edward Bulwer-Lytton The Masonic Fraternity is a single, indivisible fellowship which is neither divided nor affected by local or by national boundaries; like the sky it bends a single arch over the fifty or sixty countries in which it is at work, and that arch is nowhere broken into separate areas, nor does any country cut it into separate segments. A country is in the Fraternity, but the Fraternity is nowhere shut up inside a country. It has one set of Landmarks, one set of Degrees, one teaching for the whole world. It has a single membership, and it is into that membership that man enters when he is made a Mason. Masons differ as men from one country to another, they use different languages, the have different religions, but such differences have nothing to do with their Freemasonry; it is everywhere safe-same, one thing and one thing only, with single membership; its only boundaries are the boundaries of the world. L....

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The Square

Posted by on Nov 1, 2006 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

The elders of our ancient art Built Temples, high and fair, And never stone was laid in place And never column rose in grace, Untested by the Square. Our elders left a heritage, Upreared in wood and stone, That we, who follow, might behold The craft of these, the men of old, Thus, through their works, made known. Oh, let us do our work as well, Though never dome we raise, With brain untutored, hand unskilled, A square-set Temple may we build, Of simple nights and days. The Square of Virtue for our acts Wherewith to set them true, Can make a building, standing quite As worthy in our children’s sight, And in the Master’s too. Thus may we, too, great builders be As any ancient race; Our Temple is the square-set mind, Wherein the Master’s Self may find A fitting dwelling-place. R. J....

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The Teachings of Masonry

Posted by on Aug 1, 2006 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

You should have discovered that Masonry’s teachings make a Mason study and learn for himself, force him to search out the truth, compels him to take the initiative, as a grown man should, so that the very act of learning is in itself of great educational value.  The purpose of secrecy is not to keep the candidate in the dark, but to stimulate him to seek the light.  The symbols and emblems do not conceal the teaching, they reveal it; but they reveal it in such a way that a man must find it for himself.Only when man finds truth for himself, is he likely to keep it as a permanent possession.(From EA FC MM by Masonic Renewal Committee Document) Tom Thornton New Jersey Lodge of Research & Education #1786 One hour of life, crowded to the full with glorious action, and filled with noble risks, is worth whole years of those mean observances of paltry decorum, in which men steal through existence, like sluggish waters through a marsh, without either honour or observation. Sir Walter...

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The Candidate

Posted by on Jun 1, 2006 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

By R.W. Alan R. Heath, Grand Lodge of Maine It was his dream to become a Mason, Though he wasn’t sure quite why. So he made an application, Then waited months for a reply. No committee came to pay a call, To meet him and his wife, No invitation to Mason’s hall; Nor offer of advice. Finally a postcard in the mail, Said, “come Monday night at six, And bring us twenty dollars, If you want to see our tricks.” He made that solitary journey, And entered by the door, But not one hand was offered, As he slowly crossed the floor. They fed him beans and hot dogs, And a piece of apple pie, Then led him to a little room, With no explanation why. The work was done with care and skill, No one could argue that. But, the candidate was forgotten, As they patted themselves on the back. He came to the lodge hall two more times, And was raised to the third degree. That was the last time they saw him. What could the trouble be? They scratched their heads and wondered, As again they cried and moaned, “Our time has all been wasted!” “We should have stayed at home.” It seems to me that they’ve missed the point, But they need to understand. It’s not just how well you do the work, It’s how you treat the man. Because you can only be a Mason, When you’re a Mason in your heart; And along with his jacket seams, They had burst his dream apart. So, if you get an application, Please, call on that man at once. Invite him and has family, To tour your hall and share some lunch. Answer all his questions, Let him share your pride. A Mason’s work, is honest work; That’s not a secret to hide. And when it’s time to present him, With the gift of a degree, Remember, genuine friendship is, The true gift of masonry. Pick him up and take him home. Isn’t he worth the trip? No candidate should come alone. Please don’t ignore this tip. All should rush to greet him, As he enters by your door. Extend your hand in friendship, That’s what a Mason’s grip is for. And remember your obligation, As you lead him to the gate. It’s up to you to guide him through, Not to hurt or humiliate. Now armed with proper instruction, Masonry’s door will open wide, Thanks to you, his best example, Of what a Mason should be inside. And? Thank him sincerely for coming. Invite him back to his new home. For a brother will not be a brother, If he feels unwelcome and...

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The Good Word

Posted by on May 1, 2006 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 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 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 this our friend— Speak the good word! Wilbur D....

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Are You A Mason?

Posted by on Mar 1, 2006 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

I am one of a band, Who will faithfully stand, In the bond of affection and love; I have knocked at the door, One wretched and poor, And there for admission I stood. By the help of a friend, Who assistance did lend, I succeeded an entrance to gain; Was received in the West, By command from the East, But not without feeling some pain. Here my conscience was taught, With a moral quite fraught, With sentiments bold and true; The onward I traveled, To have it unraveled, What Hiram intended to do. Very soon to the East, I made my request, And “light” by command did attend; When lo! I perceived, In due form revealed, A Master, and Brother, and Friend. For the widow distressed, There’s a cord in my breast, For the helpless and orphan I feel: And my sword I could draw, To maintain the pure law, Which the duties of a Mason reveal. Thus have I revealed, (Yet wisely concealed), What the “free and accepted” will know. I am one of a band, Who will faithfully stand, As a Brother, wherever I go. Bro. Reverend Dr. Magill, Rector of St. Paul’s Church—Peru, Ill...

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