Life of a Mason's wife

My soon to be husband has been thinking about becoming a Mason. I have been doing some research on the lifestyle of a Mason's wife and have found quite a few blogs by wives of recently joined Masons who state they are on the verge of a divorce due to the lack of her husband being home and not spending time with his family. My question to you is, if he did join the Masons is he going to be spending all his time with the Masons vs his family?

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Dec 20, 2014
by: Fred

Don ask questiondin most't worry about it too much. Masonry is very extensive, and can be complicated. In short, the base if masonry is the local lodge, generally refereed to as a blue lodge. The blue lodge is the base upon which masonry is built. All masons must be members of a blue lodge, and most blue lodges meet once or twice a month. Most blue lodges do not meet in July and August. There are subsets of Masonry that can be joined, but that's each mason's personal choice. Your fiancee will most likely be interviewed before his initial introduction to the lodge, and the committee also wants to meet with the wives and fiancee to explain things. If you have questions, seek out the master of the lodge that your fiancee wishes to join, and ask questions, or ask a Master Mason, we're here to help

Dec 21, 2014
It's a valid question
by: Personal choice

Thank you for visiting.

How much time Masonry takes up is pretty variable. Members are encouraged to attend at least one, sometimes two meetings a month, maybe the odd weekend event. Above and beyond that, visitation at other lodges is encouraged (and in my city, there are a couple of dozen within easy drivng distance). And then there are comcordant bodies, offshoots - the best-known of those is probably the Shriners. Essentially, a man can spend an awful lot of time at it, maybe every single night.

All that said, Freemasonry teaches that a man must first comply with his duty to the deity he believes in. After that are the duties he owes to his nation and neightbours and to his family. That latter means that he should be supporting his family, spending time with his children, helping, loving and keeping close to his wife and so forth. The Craft comes last and most Masons would very much discourage a man from ignoring his family in favour of Masonry.

Does that always happen? Probably, almost certainly not. We are, after all, human and prone to errors. In fairness, though, what some, if not many, of those bloggers may well be complaining about is a symptom, not a cause. Men unhappy with their marriage will find reasons - excuses - to be away from home. He may spend more time at work or at a bar, for instance. Or he may get more involved with a club or group and Masonry is one of those. To be fair, I'd bet you could find similar blog comments from women whose husbands are never home due to playing golf, orienteering, amateur acting and so forth.

Bottom line is that no wife in a happy marriage should fear losing her husband to Freemasonry.

Hope that helps.

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