Tidings from the East
Greetings from the East my Brothers. The drudgery of winter continues on. I hope that you can all find comfort and inspiration in your family and the Craft. As you read this, the Grand Lodge Communication of the Grand Lodge of Free and Accepted Masons of Utah has just finished. I will give you the highlights of the meetings and Officer Elections and Installation at our meeting on February 3rd.
I have confidence that our degree work will continue during the month of February, and encourage you all to try to attend. It is always pleasing to see the Brothers on the sidelines.
To my Brothers of the Craft, and all those men who, in seeking that which they cannot explain, I point you to the paragraph below. I found this in the 1951 edition of the “INDIANA MONITOR AND FREEMASON’S GUIDE”. The book was given to my Uncle upon his raising on February 28, 1953, and came into my possession after his passing. He and my Father were both Masons, and the men who exerted the greatest influence in my life. This paragraph explaining “When is a Man a Mason?” certainly shed much light as to the lessons they both tried to impart upon my young mind. I hope you find it equally inspiring.
When is a Man a Mason?
"When is a man a Mason? When he can look out over the rivers, hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his littleness in the vast scheme of things, and yet have faith, hope, and courage-which is the root of every virtue. When he knows that down in his heart every man is as noble, as vile, as divine, as diabolic, and as lonely as himself, and seeks to know, to forgive, and to love his fellow man. When he knows how to sympathize with men in their sorrows, yea, even in their sins-knowing that each man fights a hard fight against many odds. When he has learned how to make friends and to keep them, and above all how to keep friends with himself. When he loves flowers, can hunt the birds without a gun, and feels the thrill of an old forgotten joy when he hears the laugh of a little child. When he can be happy and high-minded amid the meaner drudgeries of life. When star-crowned trees, and a glint of sunlight on flowing waters, subdue him like the thought of one much loved and long dead. When no voice of distress reaches his ears in vain, and no hand seeks his aid without response. When he finds good in every faith that helps any man lay hold of divine things and sees majestic meanings in life, whatever the name of that faith may be. When he can look into a wayside puddle and see something beyond mud, and into the face of the most forlorn fellow mortal and see something beyond sin. When he knows how to pray, how to love, how to hope. When he has kept faith with himself, with his fellow man, with his God; in his hand a sword for evil, in his heart a bit of a song - glad to live, but not afraid to die! Such a man has found the only real secret of Masonry, and the one which it is trying to give to all the world."
The above was written by Brother Dr. Joseph Fort Newton, and the closing paragraph of his widely read book "The Builders."
Denny K. Wilcox