A message of strength

by Peggy
(New Orleans, Louisiana, USA)

My father was given the honor of being chosen as a 33rd Degree Mason and he lived his life based on Masonry. Although the secrets were never shared, I knew him to be a kind and compassionate, soft spoken man in a small Mississippi town.


Now that I am 68 years old and having survived Katrina (New Orleans) I have had an urgent need to speak to someone so that they perhaps can answer the message from my father that I have missed. I am alone, divorced for many years and having a more difficult time since Katrina and at my age, than I would have ever fathomed. I believe that there is a message of strength that I can get, from You perhaps. I would so appreciate if someone who is a 33rd Degree Mason could write to me and give me what my Daddy would have given.

God bless all of you.

I do know that my life was deeply enriched by my parents' love.

Peggy

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Apr 26, 2010
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You're not alone
by: Tim

My dear Peggy,

Your father sounds like a man I would like to have known. I find the quiet ones are often the most interesting. I can only imagine what you must have gone through these past years, and my heart breaks with the imaginings. I could not presume to speak for your father but I can imagine what I might like to say to my own daughter if she were in your situation. I would like to take her in my arms and hold her close and say, "I've got you, Peggy girl. You're not alone."

Those we love and who love us are never truly gone from us. They live on in our hearts and our minds. You say your life was deeply enriched by the love of your parents, and that love is something that you can never lose or have taken from you. The strength and compassion and kindness that you saw in your father are all within you. I have no doubt that many lives have been touched by your own capacity for compassion and your kind nature, and the noble strength of your father and the strength passed down to you through the love of your parents will see you through.
One of the great teachings and great beauties of Freemasonry is in knowing that we are never really alone. God dispatches his angels to watch over us and to guide us. He gives us the working tools we need, and he gives us the intelligence and reason with which to use those tools to shape and perfect our lives. We are born into this world with infinite capacity and infinite capability. The limits that we encounter are most often self-imposed or we allow them to be superimposed upon us. We go through life striving for complete independence when in truth our greatest strength and greatest growth comes through shared reliance. Our greatest gifts come through giving.

As the daughter of a Master Mason you should never be alone, and I would consider it an honor to assist you in any way that I can. I would ask your permission to forward your e-mail to other Master Masons who may be able to offer that message of strength for which you seek. In the meantime please know that my thoughts and prayers are with you and that you are no longer alone.

Sincerely and Fraternally,

Tim

Apr 26, 2010
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Thank you
by: Peggy

Dear Tim,

Your words have given me so much comfort and insight into the person we all strive to be and yes, I understand about the limitations we put on ourselves. Certainly, I trust that my angels are with me and I am overwhelmed to know that this is an important part of Masonry dogma.

Yes, PLEASE ask any one who has the time to guide me through this difficult time, with my father in mind- I would be so blessed. My Daddy has been pulling at my heartstrings to better understand and gain from the strength and grace that he had and was able to give to me with just his actions and love.

I trust that there is a purpose for financial burdens- I would never have thought since I have always been very careful with my investments, etc.
My children, two and three grandchildren, are having great life struggles and it is "getting to me". I have friends say how strong I am and I want to say "Not SO strong!".

To those in Masonry - who can give to me the words and encouragement that I know my father gave - please accept my gratitude and prayer for God's blessings for you and your families.

I am an only child and have few family in other states. I know everyone at this time has their struggles. I am blessed in so many ways.

Tim, your message will be printed and put at my bedside to read along with my night's prayers. Thank you, and I'm thankful for my Dad, I was always his princess, and my Mother, his greatest love and devotion.

Peggy

Aug 19, 2011
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masonic secret
by: leslie

peggy,

as your situation was exactly the same as mine... my grandfather was a 33rd degree mason. never lied to me in my entire life. i asked him the same thing as you asked your father. well.... he would not tell me the secret of the 33rd degree.... but, i did learn the "master of the royal secret" (32nd degree), that is all i can tell you b/c the 33rd is only kept for men who deserve to know the final chapter of the story. i am a newly religous person.i finally understad what they meant and were talking about. i realized what the final secret was on my own b/c of how my grandfather had lived his life by being the most honest and best person he could be...... as you know, if he wasnt, he would get kicked out of the masionry. best man i have ever met, never lied to me in my whole life. i now get why he couldnt tell me the final one....... since its only ment for the great religous people of the wolrd, you must understand that i can only release this to the best of men, "and if you are anything like your father as i am like my grandfather i will be able to tell, but i must talk to you first to know if you are worthy of knowing this secret to life". if you feel like yuou are, my email is lesliefatheree@yahoo.com. i will call you and decide myself if you ready to know of not. they only tell the ones that are about to die for a reason..... think about it and let me know if you are ready? cause i dont know if i was or not? hope i was though.....

god bless,
"better men, great men, thats all we are and thats all we can be".- masonic quote.

leslie.

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