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ARE YOU A MASON? - April 21, 2014
PRESENTED TO: CONNAUGHT LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 511 BY TERRACE BAY LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 662
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO
Freemasonry is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world. Its members have included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, generals, Admirals Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEO's, opera stars, movie stars and probably your next door neighbor. And Masonry is always ready to welcome good men in the Fraternity. It's ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer "yes" to a few questions.
Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor, and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does? Masons teach that principle. We believe that a life not founded on honor is hollow and empty-that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.
Simply put, the overall purpose of Masonry is to provide a way to help each member become a better person. We do not propose to take a bad man and make him good; rather, our aim is to take the good man and make him better. We try to place emphasis on the individual man by:
1. Strengthening his character.
2. Improving his moral and spiritual outlook.
3. Broadening his mental horizons.
We try to impress upon the minds of our members the principals of personal responsibility and morality: to give each member an understanding of and feeling for Freemasonry's character; and to have every member put these lessons into practice in his daily life. We try to build a better world by building better men to work in their own communities. Freemasonry believes in universal peace made possible by teaching its doctrine through the Brotherhood of Man and the Fatherhood of God.
I'd rather see a sermon, than to hear one, any day.
I'd rather one should walk with me, than merely show the way.
I can soon learn to do it, if you wilI let me see it done;
I can watch your hands in action, but your tongue too fast may run!
All the speeches you deliver, may be wide and true,
But I'd rather get my lessons by observing what you do.
Though I may not understand you, and the fine advice you give,
There is no misunderstanding how I see you act and live!
If you go through the degrees, receive the work, decide that Freemasonry is a fine institution and then do nothing about the teachings presented to you, then you are wasting our time as well as your time and money. If you recognize the opportunity which is yours, take the various doctrines and truths presented to you, study them analyse them contemplate their meanings, and apply them to your own life, then your investment of time and money will be richly rewarded. Do not adopt a double standard of conduct, whereby you apply Freemasonry to a part of your life, but feel that it doesn't apply to other phases. The thoughtful Freemason will apply the teachings of our Institution to each and every phase of his life, and we sincerely hope that you will see fit to follow such a practice. This great opportunity for self-improvement is one that you should grasp to such an extent that the principles of Freemasonry will eventually spread through every facet of your life. When you do you will have allowed Freemasonry to become one of the greatest of your personal experiences. As a member of a Lodge you will be eligible for any office in it. It will be your right to visit other Lodges in this or other Grand Jurisdictions, provided always that the Worshipful Master is willing to admit you after you have been properly identified. In case if sickness or distress you have the right to apply for relief, but is strictly at the discretion of the Lodge to grant.
These statements are not exhaustive. We have just touched the fringe of a great theme, but it is our hope, with such light as may have been given you, that you will go forward-with a livelier understanding of what Masonry will mean to you and also of what you mean to Masonry.
Presented By Rt. Wor. Bro. Bill A. Davis