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    Friday
    Feb122010

    Because I am a Freemason

    Because I am a Freemason...

    ... I believe that freedom of religion is an inalienable human right and tolerance an indispensable trait of human character; therefore, I will stand in my Lodge with Brothers of all faiths, and respect their beliefs as they respect mine, and I will demonstrate the spirit of Brotherhood in all aspects of my life.

    ... I know that education and the rational use of the mind are the keys to facing the problems of humanity; therefore, I will bring my questions and my ideas to my Lodge, and strive to advance the growth of my mind alongside my Brothers.

    ... I know that the rich tradition of Freemasonry and its framework of Ritual are important platforms for growth and learning; therefore, I vow to stand upon these platforms to improve myself as a human being, and I vow to help in the mission of the Craft to provide tools, atmosphere, challenges and motivation to help each Brother do the same.

    ... I know that charity is the distinguishing human virtue, and that personal community service is the best demonstration of one's commitment to humanity; I acknowledge that words without deeds are meaningless, and I vow to work with my Lodge to provide service to the community, and to promote charity, friendship, morality, harmony, integrity, fidelity and love.

    ... I know that my obligation to community extends beyond my local sphere and is partly fulfilled in my patriotism: love of my country, obedience to its laws and celebration of the freedoms and opportunities it symbolizes.

     

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    Tuesday
    Feb092010

    As an outsider looking in.

    It’s surprising for an organization as secretive as the Freemasons that their name is commonly known amongst the general public. Many people seem to be aware of the Masons although they admittedly will tell you they don’t know much about them.

    If you were to ask a Mason what it actually means to be one, he would likely tell you that he is a man of good character and high morals that believes in a “Supreme Being”.

    The perception is that it’s a deep inner longing that drives a man to look and become a part of the Freemasons. It’s like the need for an internal commitment that is joined with others. It would almost seem like an escape from reality or everyday living as the times we are in now. The Freemasons dwell on history and rituals relating to the past when the organization was first formed. 

     

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    Tuesday
    Jan262010

    Diversity in Masonry

    Growing up in the 40s in the small village of Monroe, New York, near the West Point Military Academy and about 40 miles above New York City, I had little exposure to minorities.

    My local Masonic Lodge was an all-white fraternal organization in a mostly white community.

    My life as a journalist began in 1948 with the daily Middletown Times Herald (now the Times-Herald Record) after a New York State Trooper, Jack Kennedy, became my mentor.

    I was thrilled, therefore, when I joined the Navy and was suddenly living with guys who looked and talked differently. Now I’m active in diversity issues, served five years as a “bombero” (Mexican firefighter) and can speak Spanish.

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    Monday
    Jan252010

    A unique social network

    Living a more fulfilled life is the benefit of becoming a Freemason, said Ontario's Grand Master, Raymond Daniels.

    "It's basically a self-learning organization," he said. "The men through our lectures, our charges associating with other good men, we learn more about ourselves."

    Freemasonry is the largest and oldest fraternal organization in the world, Daniels said.

    Daniels, who was initiated at Orillia's Masonic Temple more than 50 years ago, joined his mother lodge on Saturday for the annual ceremony of installation, which sees a new set of officers put in place.

    The Orillia temple has about 145 members, said outgoing Worshipful Master Soo Lem.

    "It was very rewarding for me personally, very rewarding, very fulfilling," he said. "The underlying value is supporting each other; it gives us, as men, a social network."

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