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THE PLACE OF FREEMASONRY IN SOCIETY - May 10, 1967
PRESENTED TO: SUPERIOR LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 672 BY KENOGAMISIS LODGE A.F. & A.M. No. 656
THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO
After resting at Kenogamisis No. 656, the Travelling Square resumes its journey of enlightenment as the Worshipful Master and brethren present it to Superior Lodge No. 672, at Red Rock, May 10, 1967 with every kind wish and Fraternal regard from the brethren at Geraldton.
THE PLACE OF FREEMASONRY IN SOCIETY
It is important for this Grand lodge to keep before it the ideals for which Freemasonry has always stood, if we are to chart our course intelligently for the future. Masonry teaches the rules of morality. It inculcates the doctrine of brotherhood. It stimulates compassion for the unfortunate and cements the ties of true friendship. Within the lodge room rank of birth means little, and power of Masonic research and zeal mean much. Men, who associated themselves with our fraternity in the early days of this Jurisdiction when the pioneer spirit was being unfolded, were insistent in promulgating those Masonic tenets and principles which have made this area a stable Masonic community.
Entering upon a new century of Masonic endeavour, fresh emphasis must be placed upon those qualities of heart and mind characteristic of true Masonry. Possibly our greatest danger of the present time is the possession of Masonic respectability. Commendable as it may appear to show an ever-increasing membership, more commodious temples, and substantial financial reserves, the main function of our being of making “good men and true” must never be obliterated.
The counter attractions and interest of present day society are tampering with the constant attendance of the Mason at his lodge meetings. The increasing demands made upon Masons who hold varied responsible positions are prone to dilute his whole-hearted allegiance to the Graft. The insidious inroads of fascinating programs on television to drain off the search for truth which should mark the true Mason in his pursuits. These internal, competitive forces are as great a challenge to Freemasons in our province as the external attacks of foreign philosophies upon our Order in other parts of the world. In a rapidly changing social structure which surrounds us, complacency may become Masonry’s a deadliest foe. I do not desire to be an alarmist but I believe it to be one of the functions of a Grand Master to submit a reappraisal of those Ancient Landmarks which must never be undermined by our negligence, unworthiness and indifference. Every Mason in Lodge, intent upon the assimilation of the truths imparted therein and prepared to exemplify these virtues in his personal and corporate life, is the resounding challenge to the Freemason.
In one of the charges we are taught the duty we owe to our country. Here, again, internal Masonic sabotage may short-circuit our allegiance to our land. As a Mason and a citizen, one must exercise one’s franchise as a voter. The Mason must exhibit the spirit of tolerance towards those with whom he may disagree.
He must, as an individual, possess the courage to stand up for justice where such is required in his community. He must above all possess character beyond reproach, if he desires to serve his fellow men in public office.
In other words, we have a great responsibility in demonstrating that Freemasonry is a constructive force in all that is good. It behooves each individual. Mason in the Lodges of our jurisdiction to be a fit and proper person discharging his duties as a citizen of this country. No matter how we may be criticized in belonging to a so-called secret society, at least we have the opportunity of being designated men of superior morals, above reproach, and making a definite contribution to the future of this country which needs morality as well, as increased machines.
(An excerpt from the address of the Grand Master, M.W. Bro, W.L. Wright at Grand Lodge in July, 1956)
Presented by W. Bro. L.R. Sinclair, Sec. and Treasurer