I want to do the right thing

My Grandfather who raised me was a 32nd degree mason. I have no idea what that really means but recently my grandmother passed away and I am now the owner of several antique Masonic items and books galore. I have always been interested in any sort of mystery and remember my grandfather laughing at me trying to decipher some of his old books that were in some sort of code. I also remember questioning him like a police officer until he would finally give me that "there are some things you will never know" in a stern manner. Now that he is gone, I can't ask if it's disrespectful or not for me to research and learn as much as I can. Could someone give me advice on the matter?

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Dec 26, 2016
Doing the right thing.
by: Anonymous

What I'm hearing from you is that you admire in love I respect your grandfather so much you want to be just like him. It sounds like you're ready for petition my friend

Dec 26, 2016
by: Fred

Hi, and thank you for your question.
Your love for your grandfather is very touching.
As for your question. If your grandfather was a 32nd degree Mason, that means he was a member of the Scottish Rite, an appended body of Masonry. First and foremost, he was a Master Mason. As there is no name associated with your question, I will tell you that Masonry is a fraternity, in short, a men's club, and that is the simple and short answer. The regalia that you have, belongs to your family, it's up to you what you do with it. You might want to consult the Masonic lodge located nearest to you, and ask then for their assistance and guidance. That's part of what we're there for, to help. But, in the end, it's your decision, as vague as that answer is. You might think about donating the regalia to your local lodge in your grandfather's name. Most lodges would gladly display it, and it would be part of their collection in perpetuity.

I hope this helps.

Fred :.

Dec 27, 2016
Good for you
by: Thane

I find this warming. To keep ties with one's grandparents is a very good thing in these days of egoistic and trendy superficiality.

Please feel free to do all the research you wish. I would make just two points.

First, there is a phenominal amount of false information out there and it is easy to be misled. There are a fair number of legitimate websites which offer a lot of good info. Most grand lodge websites offer links or a reading plans list. As a basic introduction, A Complete Idiot's Guide to Freemasonry and Freemasonry for Dummies are both reliable guides.

Second, there is only one way to fully understand your grandfather's experience and that is by being a man who is initiated into Freemasonry and makes an effort to learn its lessons. Even if I provided you with clear copies of every ritual and ceremony, with stage directions and such, they would not have nearly as much meaning. It's the difference between reading Shakespeare and seeing the same play performed by a top-rung company. Context and presentation are everything.

Please feel free to ask any specific questions you may have.

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