What is Freemasonry – its Aims & Objectives

What Is Freemasonry, its Aims and Objectives? A paper prepared by the Committee of Masonic Education of the United Grand Lodge of NSW and the ACT for presentation at Open Nights or for the information of non-Masons. In recent years, we have witnessed dramatic social change, when the educational system, the influence of World War Two, Korea and Vietnam, have stimulated students and young people generally to question the speculative theory of Continue reading

Character

 CHARACTER by R.W.Bro. J.R. (Jim) Crawford Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F. & A.M. (Canada)  "Character", the topic of my address, is really the fabric of which our whole Masonic Fraternity is built. We are all aware that our Masonic Philosophy calls upon us to take good men, one at a time, and make them better - not better than everyone else but better than themselves. The building of Character is one of the greatest Continue reading

Freemasonry & Christmas

FREEMASONRY AND CHRISTMAS R.W. Bro Jim Bennie, Southern Cross Lodge No. 44, Vancouver B.C.(Canada) The observance of Christmas doesn't seem to bring satisfaction to some people. On one hand, many say it's too religious, and thus don't want Christmas trees in public buildings and nativity scenes within a shepherd's-crook length of government lawns. On the other hand, many say it's not religious enough; it's too commercial. They've Continue reading

What does a Mason Build?

What does a Mason Build? from an address given by R.W. Bro. Myron Lusk, Grand Lodge of Alberta (date unknown) What does a Mason build, and when will the building be completed?                                                          Although, of course, our heritage is that of the Operative Masons who built the magnificent cathedrals we now marvel at as tourists or students of architecture. Freemasonry has from the time of the operative Continue reading

Am I a Master Mason

Am I a Master Mason? C. Hull, Jr., MPS (Membership or Location not known) Have you, at any time, been inclined to ask yourself these questions, "Am I a Master Mason?" "Dare I call myself a Master Mason?" -      Did you question your conscience in this respect? And if you did, "What were your answers?" Only you can answer such questions in true response to your heart and soul. Just what is a Master Mason? The answer can only be Continue reading

What does it Mean to be a Spiritual Person??

What does it mean to be a Spiritual Person ?? adapted by V.W. Bro. Norman McEvoy from a paper contained in  "Welcome to the Wisdom of the World and its meaning to you" by Joan Chittister. Religion and Spirituality are not the same thing. They are, however, commonly confused. "She goes to church every week" we say "She's a very spiritual person" or that "He's a staunch member of the Parish Finance Committee, he's a very spiritual Continue reading

Why I became a Mason

Why I became a Mason R.W. Bro. Chris Reid, DDGM 2015-16 Prince Edward District Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. I was sitting in Lodge one night watching two Brothers receiving the Junior Warden’s Lecture. I took a close look at both of them. Their mannerisms were so different to each other. One was very interested in everything going on around and every word spoken. The other was very indifferent to what was happening and Continue reading

Three Questions

THE THREE QUESTIONS Shared with me by R.W. Bro. Robert Taylor A university professor at a well known institution of higher learning challenged his students with this question. “Did God create everything that exists?’ A student bravely replied that, “Yes, He did.” “God created everything?” The professor asked. “Yes sir, He certainly did,” the student replied. The professor answered, “If God created everything then God created Continue reading

Moments of Reason

MOMENTS OF REASON Old age in Winter, alas, for many people, but for those who are wise and optimistic, it is the happy and fruitful time of Harvest. As long as one continues to be amazed, one can delay growing old. The entire life of a human being depends upon a "YES" or a "NO" uttered two or three times between the ages of sixteen and twenty five. Old age arrives suddenly, as does the snow, one morning, on awakening, one realizes Continue reading

Advice For The New Year

A THOUGHT FOR THE NEW YEAR Author unknown At the Banquet following the Installation of Officers of Victoria- Columbia No 1 GL of BC & Y, which was held on Jan 9, 2016, our Grand Master. M.W. Bro. Douglas Collins shared this thought in his message to the Brethren present & their ladies. Needless to say, it was very well received & left us all with a personal challenge. The Paper Moments of life never pass by us again, so Continue reading

A Lesson on Stress

A Great Lesson on Stress A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile. Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz. She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. Continue reading

The Stone Rejected

The Stone Rejected The above was written by Rt. Ex. Companion A. Cotow What is Freemasonry? It is a peculiar system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. We have often heard it said, that symbolism is an important part of Masonry. I shall not only confirm this statement, but will endeavour to elaborate upon it. Every degree in Freemasonry , the work and ceremonies connected with it and the symbolism presented, illustrate Continue reading

Is Freemasonry A Total Moral Philosophy?

Is Freemasonry a Total Moral Philosophy? What is Behind the Anomalies in our Second Tracing Board Lecture By R.W.Bro JDF Black PDGM (UGLV) What should we do about the errors of fact in our ritual? There are so many of them that I have no doubt we have all at some time or other, confronted that question but I am equally confident we have not yet fully resolved it. The lecture on The Second Degree Tracing Board is no exception. Let me Continue reading

Tribute to Dr. Wayne. W, Dyer

A Tribute to Dr. Wayne W, Dyer We lost a beautiful soul and human being on Aug. 29. Dr. Wayne W. Dyer was a pioneer in the personal-development field and made a profound difference in the lives of million of people all over the world. Here are 20 quotes of his to not only remember a phenomenal human being, but to help motivate and inspire you to become a better you. 1. “Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him.” 2. “If you believe Continue reading

Now is the Hour

NOW IS THE HOUR by Charles R. Glassmlre We are always thinking in Masonry about the word "building." We are told that Masons are builders. Yet how often do we ever stop and think of the true meanings of this word? We should consider it under four headings. First, we must consider the building of the vast universe; that product of the Grand Architect of the Universe; that inestimable gift of God to Man; that structure which we use Continue reading

The Symbolism of Stone

The symbolism of stone Why we are “Masons??? adapted by V. W. Bro, Norman McEvoy from a paper published as under the title “A Masonic Minute” by MW Bro. Raymond Daniels Why did a gentleman’s philosophical society adopt the terms and adapt the tools of the stonemason’s trade to illustrate the moral and ethical core values of the fraternity? It is a good question, the answer to which lies at the heart of Masonic philosophy. Stone is the Continue reading

The Back Nine of Life

The Back Nine of Life (author unknown) I FIRST STARTED READING THIS EMAIL & WAS READING IT FAST TILL I REACHED THE THIRD SENTENCE. I STOPPED AND STARTED OVER,  READING SLOWER AND THINKING ABOUT EVERY WORD. THIS EMAIL IS VERY THOUGHT PROVOKING. MAKES YOU STOP AND THINK. READ SLOWLY!"             AND THEN IT IS WINTER!" You know ... time has a way of moving quickly and catching you unaware of the passing years. It seems just yesterday that Continue reading

What are We Trying to Save?

What are we trying to save? from a Masonic Minute by Bro. Raymond Daniels “Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors.” Jonas Salk (1914-1995) Those delivering Masonic addresses often remind us that we are the inheritors of a great tradition and, as the current custodians of that tradition, urge us to preserve and enhance it for the benefit of the next generation – to perpetuate the legacy for a season. The following admonishment Continue reading

A Mason Believes

A Mason Believes author unknown  Shared by Bro. Wayne Anderson People frequently ask "Why are you a Mason?" “What makes it last through the centuries?", or "What does a Mason believe?" These individuals, in asking these questions, are curious not about Freemasonry's ritual or so-called secrets. They merely want to know why it that has attracted millions of men to join the Fraternity over hundreds of years. They want to know WHY!!!! Continue reading

Happiness

Happiness If you will take the time to read these. I promise you'll come away with an enlightened perspective.       The subjects covered affect us all on a daily basis:                                                                                                 They're written by the late Andy Rooney (one time contributor to-60 Minutes USA), a man who had the gift of saying so much with so few words. Enjoy. I've learned.... That the best Continue reading

Relief ?

RELIEF ? By Unknown The tenets of Freemasonry are brotherly love, relief, and truth. These are the doctrines of the Fraternity, the speculative truths which are taught to initiates. A tenet is something held firmly; a doctrine is a working principle. The tenets of Freemasonry, therefore, are the working principles which every Brother should hold, and practice with fervency and zeal. " Tis a consummation devoutly to be Continue reading

It’s What you Scatter

IT’S WHAT YOU SCATTER I was at the corner grocery store buying some early potatoes... I noticed a small boy, delicate of bone and feature, ragged but clean, hungrily appraising a basket of freshly picked green peas. I paid for my potatoes but was also drawn to the display of fresh green peas. I am a pushover for creamed peas and new potatoes. Pondering the peas, I couldn’t help overhearing the conversation between Mr. Miller (the store owner) Continue reading

What is the Meaning of your Existence?

What Is The Meaning Of YOUR Existence? shared by Ed Halpaus April 2008 “Live as if you are living for the second time and had acted as wrongly the first time as you are about to act now.” –Viktor Frankl Viktor Frankl, who was a psychoanalyst and a great thinker, was born in Germany. His wisdom came from experience during WWII when he was interred in a concentration camp and was suffering as he was treated worse than an animal and Continue reading

Surprised by Joy

SURPRISED BY JOY! By: Walter M. Macdougall Piscataquis Lodge # 44 Grand Lodge of Maine Deputy Grand Master Brother Johan Wolfgang Von Goethe wrote that: "Freemasonry is about life. It is about living our lives with a special responsibility and with a certain joy" The Mason’s ways are A type of Existence, And his persistence Is as the days are Of men in this world Freemasonry was for Goethe a grand, earnest, solemn business. It was Continue reading

Character

CHARACTER by R.W.Bro. J.R. (Jim) Crawford Senior Grand Warden, Grand Lodge of Alberta, A.F. & A.M.    Grand Master 1992. "Character", the topic of my address, is really the fabric of which our whole Masonic Fraternity is built. We are all aware that our Masonic Philosophy calls upon us to take good men, one at a time, and make them better - not better than everyone else but better than themselves. The building of Character is one of the Continue reading

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