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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George Washington

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Perhaps the strongest feature in his character was prudence, never acting until every circumstance, every consideration was maturely weighed . . .His integrity was most pure, his justice the most inflexible I have ever known, no motives of interest or consanguinity, of friendship or hated, being able to bias his decision. He was, indeed, in every sense of the words, a wise, a good, and a great man. His temper was naturally irritable and high toned; but reflection and resolution had obtained a firm and habitual ascendency over it. If, however, it broke its bonds, he was most tremendous in his wrath. In his expenses he was honourable, but exact; liberal in contributions to whatever promised utility; but frowning and unyielding on all visionary projects and all unworthy calls on his charity. His heart was not warm in its affection; but he exactly calculated every man’s value, and gave him a solid esteem proportioned to it . . . Although in the circle of friends, where he might be unreserved with safety, he took a free share in conversation, his colloquial talents were not above mediocrity, possessing neither copiousness of ideas, nor fluency of words. In public, when called on for a sudden opinion, he was unready, short and embarrassed. Yet he wrote readily, rather diffusely, in an easy and correct style . . . . On the whole, his character was, in its mass, perfect, in nothing bad, in a few points indifferent; and it may be truly said, that never did nature and fortune combine more perfectly to make a man great and to place him . . . .in an everlasting remembrance. Thomas...

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Charity and Benevolence

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

Masonic charity is strong, kindly, beautiful and tender, and not charity at all in the narrow sense of the word. Nay, it does not wait until a brother is in distress, but tow about him in his strength and prosperity the affectionate arm of friendship, without which life is cold and harsh. Friendship, fraternity, fellowship—this is the soul of Freemasonry, of which charity is but one gesture with a thousand meanings. Freemasonry not only inculcates the principles of love and benevolence, it seeks to give them an actual and living presence in all the occupations and intercourse of life. It not only feels, it acts! It not only pities human suffering, ti relieves it! Nowhere in the world can a good Mason feel himself alone, friendless or forsaken. The invisible but helpful arms of our Order surround him, where he may be…. It is a common error to regard charity as that sentiment which prompts us to extend assistance to the unfortunate. Charity in a Masonic sense has a much broader meaning, and embraces affection and goodwill toward all mankind, but more especially our brethren in Freemasonry. It is this sentiment which prompts a Freemason to suffer long and be kind, to control his temper, forgive the erring, reach forth his hand to stay a falling brother, to warn him of his error and whisper in his ear that correction which his fault may demand, to close his ear to slander and his lips to reproach; in short, to do unto other as he would be done by. Charity as applied to Freemasonry is different from the usual and accepted meaning. All true Masons meet upon the same level, regardless of wealth or station. In giving assistance we strive the too common error of considering charity only as that sentiment of commiseration which leads us to assist the poor and unfortunate with pecuniary donations. Its Masonic application is more noble and more extensive. We are taught not only to relieve a brother’s material wants, the cry of hunger, etc., but to fellowship with him upon our own level stripped of worldly titles and honours. When we thus appeal to him, giving spiritual advice, lifting him up morally and spiritually with no sense of humiliation to him, we set him free from his passion and wants. To such charity there is a reciprocity rich in brotherly love and sincere appreciation....

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Posted by on Nov 25, 2015 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

That Masons are builders can be seen by the name…By teaching men the doctrines of temperance, fortitude, prudence and justice, together with the man lessons drawn from, and daily application to the activities of life, deep foundations are laid upon which loftiest character must stand. When brotherly love, relief and truth really enter into the fibre of a man’s being, there is little room for the selfish and the debased. His instincts and his aspirations are toward the uplift that comes from a joyful service to mankind. That I AM MY BROTHER’S KEEPER is demonstrated in every avenue of life whether I am ready to concede it or not…Service and sacrifice are the crucible in which the base metals of greed, avarice, and selfishness are left as the dross of life. If thy brother would have thee go with him one mile, that is thy duty. When to this is added gladly, a second mile, that is a blessed privilege. Masonry puts into a man’s breast THE SWEET SERVICE OF THE SECOND MILE Masonry’s mission, therefore, to the individual is to up lift his character and establish a nobler manhood. OWEN...

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Posted by on Nov 1, 2015 in Masonic Mouse | 0 comments

Masonic charity is not limited to simple gifts and contributions of money or other tangible material of worrldly goods, 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 delights 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 wants and necessities. The blessed influences of brother love and charity—twin daughters of Heaven—prompt him to those noble 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....

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