A Charge to the Fraternity

January 23rd, 2011

Some may ask what is freemasonry, you can listen to me or not. But I believe it’s simple. Freemasonry is the very measure of a man. Look in every city in town of America, you’ll see right down in an open, a building adorned with the square and compasses. Think for a moment, Freemasonry uses the oldest antiquity. Those tools of measurement used by the stonemasons like the square and the compasses. To demonstrate and pass on the great truth and wisdom of the ages. We use tools of measurement because freemasonry believes a man’s greatness can be measured. Not by his wealth or fame, but by his deeds, his character, his truth, his tolerance, his charity, his trust, his friendship, his love for his fellow creatures. It’s been said that human happiness comes from the smallest of improvements. So he that can affect positive change even by a simple kindness as wealth to the common stalk of humanity.

Freemasonry therefore believes Greatness can be seen in a man’s positive effect in the world and to do good is the best way to glorify God. Where the roots of freemasonry began? No one can say for a certain the hidden and antiquity. And perhaps that is best, at least for me, I became a freemason, in the age of enlightenment. A time much like you now live, a time of great light where science had changed the way we live. I only wish that the moral sciences could do the same, because it seems to me that the great religions of the world, all provide a moral compass to their faithful. And while each man must wrestle in private with his personal relationship with God, Freemasonry offers an ecumenical brotherhood. A fraternity composed of man of all religions founded on the practice of the great moral and social virtues. And that’s why you see on our symbol the letter G. It is there to remind us that God is part of each of our lives and that all seeing eye of God will take the true measurement of our actions.
Freemasonry has three great lights by which we measure ourselves as man and Masons. The square, the compasses and the volume of sacred law we place them upon. That sacred book, one revered by the individual mason, is where we take our oath, lay the foundation of our lives. The square, providing direction. Helps us to square our actions by the square of virtue. Because virtue is the stone used to build the man and his temple. Virtue is the cement that binds our relationships. And it is by our virtues that we are measured. The compasses, are the tools of our conscience. We learn by the compasses to circumscribe our desires and keep our passions within due bounds with all mankind. The compasses creates a circle, the precise circumference required to keep tradition and revelation, principle and creativity in balance.
Now, as to the great secret of Freemasonry, is actually found in the unconscious of each person. It is discovered by each individual for himself. Mason or not, as he comes to know himself and finds the road that takes him to his city. Because the real secret of freemasonry is finding out, who you are. The mason square doth clear the air of folly and deception. The rule is straight, the angle clear, for greatness has direction. By the compasses abide the points within so far and wide. No pleasure sway nor profit tempt these bounds of Mason pride. Greatness, what your virtues are good deeds practiced wide and far. And that secret of Masonic love is learning who you really are. For the great Book knows what man can’t hide. A life that’s measured from inside. And on that book, that oath we took, and we will break it never, but stand by the Sacred Book the Square, and the Compasses, forever and forever.