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Masonic News & Views - Who, What, When is a man a Mason?
February 23, 2014
I hope you are well and life is treating you kindly.
Below are a few things I've picked up in my travels and thought you might enjoy. I didn't write them; in fact the first two are by, 'Author Unknown.' He's written lots of stuff. The third is by Reverend Joseph Fort Newton, one of our most respected Masonic authors. I hope you'll like them as much as I do. Thanks for spending a little time with me today.
Who is a Mason?(Author Unknown)
A Mason is a man who professes a faith in God. As a man of faith, he uses the tools of moral and ethical truths to serve mankind.
A Mason binds himself to like-minded men in a Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural, and educational differences.
In fellowship with his Brothers, a Mason finds ways in which to serve his God, his family, his fellowman and his country.
He recognizes his responsibility for justice, truth, charity, enlightenment, freedom and liberty, honesty and integrity in all aspects of human endeavor.
A Mason is a man who improves himself through the principles and ceremonies of the fraternity and applies those in his daily life in order to become a positive influence in his home, community, nation, and throughout the world.
What is a Mason?(Author Unknown)
A Mason is a Man and a Brother whose Trust is in God.
When Is a Man a Mason?From Reverend Joseph Fort Newton
When he can look out over the rivers, the hills, and the far horizon with a profound sense of his own 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 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 the 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 to 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, and 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.
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