Tidings from the West
Greetings from the West Brethren of Unity Lodge #18. I hope that your summer has been restful, and entertaining.
The following are excerpts from a Short Talk Bulletin titled "By Precept and Example" .
Our trouble appears to be that we gladly and willingly take in candidates who are eventually raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, but do not work on the Master Masons now on our rolls, to make better Masons out of them.
“Very few who are raised to the Sublime Degree of Master Mason, realize at the time the full implications of the ceremony. Yet it is vitally important that the deeper meanings of this degree be understood of one who is to become a Master Mason in fact as well as in name.”
You have heard the expression “In one ear and out the other.” Regrettably, that is how some of our ageless principles and ideals affect some of our Master Masons. Why? If each of us appoints himself a committee of one to remind our Brothers of the wording of some of our obligations, some of the fine ideals we have pledged ourselves to observe, we may be able to influence our Brothers to understand some of the things they have heard repeatedly in our lodge halls during our initiations and to see and perceive the value of some of our high aspirations.
What would you think of a farmer who paid $80,000.00 for a self-propelled combine and kept it in the shed year after year, never using it on his farm? Would you not think him a lunatic? Yet we spend hours learning our ritual and attending communications, but do not use what we have learned as it ought to be used.
Lodge officers cannot use force to make members read Masonic literature, nor would it be appropriate to offer monetary rewards to influence them to do so. If your word is good, please remember your pledge “to improve myself in Masonry” and convert your solemn agreement into action.
“It all adds up to the fact that the purpose of Freemasonry is and always has been to take a good man—just one at a time— and try by our teachings to make a better man out of him.
“The real, lasting purpose of Freemasonry is to persuade men, through the lessons in our Work, to enter upon the pursuit of excellence.
“Excellence in what form? In just about every form you can think of—in morals, in manners, in speech, in dress, in the quality of our leadership, in the attitude of our Brethren toward the Ancient Craft Lodge, the basic unit of all Freemasonry! “What better way for American Free-masonry to play its role than to quietly, firmly, insistently call for excellence on the part of every man who petitions our lodges and who remains a member of our gentle Craft?
“What greater service would we render than to nail the standard of excellence to the mast and keep it there!”
The challenge for each of us is contained in the Charge:
“You are now bound by duty, honor, and gratitude to be faithful to your trust, to support the dignity of your character on every occasion, and to enforce, by precept and example, obedience to the tenets of the Fraternity. “
Our educational feature for our September Business meeting will be the 47th problem of Euclid. I look forward to once again sit in Lodge with my Brothers.
Brother Denny Wilcox