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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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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In the Corner

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016 in Masonic Mouse |

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 subdued 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 conditions, rush to the aid of each other and feel a special joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a Brother Mason. Benjamin...

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True Tales of Masonic Support in California

Posted by on Mar 1, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

A Daughter’s Gratitude Adapted from an actual letter received by Masonic Outreach Dear Masonic Outreach Services Staff: Several years ago, my mom received a Christmas letter from the grand master. In the letter, he mentioned Masonic Outreach. I had been raised in a Masonic environment, but I had never heard of it. I couldn’t dial the phone fast enough to find out what it was. My mom was 88 years old. She had been living in a retirement home since my dad died, doing fine – until Social Security discovered they had made a mistake in calculating her income. She lost almost all of her savings, and her benefits were halved. We tried moving her in with us, but we already had three generations living under our roof. We just couldn’t manage a fourth. And then we received the letter from the grand master. As the famous New York Sun article proclaimed: Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus! We submitted an application to Masonic Outreach. That’s how we met David, who became my mom’s care manager. There was a real special bond between David and my mom. He became like family. David was instrumental in getting my mom into a great senior community that she loved; he knew she was a special person, and found the perfect place for her. He also made sure she could get assisted living care there if she ever needed it. Thank God, because as the next year and a half unfolded, she did. She was put on oxygen. She needed help dressing. She could no longer use her walker, and had to be moved from place to place in a wheelchair. But did she still have quality of life? Oh yes she did! Thanks to Masonic Outreach, she had a group of friends who played games and ate together. Her family, including her grandchildren and great grandchildren, stopped by daily to spend time with her. The workers at the apartment checked on her 24 hours a day. Every time I contacted David with a new request for Masonic Outreach he would say, Don’t worry, we will take care of it. And you did. My mom lived to be 96 and a half years old. Thanks to Masonic Outreach, she lived a rich life right up until the end. Thank you again so very, very much. Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. But sometimes he comes to you in the form of other people. Sincerely, Donna...

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