ARE YOU TRULY A MASON
A paper by Bro. CLIVE HERRON
Lodge 627 I.C.
do not intend going into the question - WHAT IS FREEMASONRY?. You have
listened to many papers and have your own opinion in that regard for Freemasonry
is different things to different people. Rather I am going to put to you - ARE
YOU TRULY A MASON?
Order has at all times religiously preserved the teachings of moral
self-respect. Our principles are the fundamental basis of our Fraternity. I am
not suggesting that you should question your morality or self respect but
rather examine the emerging problems in our modern society, in relation to
are taking place and although some changes are necessary they should be
attained legitimately by legislation or other appropriate means. When the
foundation of trust is shattered by scorn for rules, the result is
fragmentation of the trust of this basic fabric
law is in crisis." This was the headline to an Editorial
in a recent issue of SUNDAY TIMES. In my opinion it is not only the law that
is in crisis. All over the world we read of economic crises, social crises,
ethnic conflicts and crises, national conflicts and crises, crises in family
life, crises of poverty, crises of exploitation, crises of homelessness,
crises of governmental oppression, cries of government corruption crises of
man's inhumanity to man and so on.
fundamental crisis is the turning away of men from spiritual and moral values.
To my mind it is a turning away from the True God as taught by Freemasonry.
Many outsiders may disagree with me when I say this. On the other hand if I
say it is turning away from the moral vales that underlie religions and also
humane rationalism, many more will agree.
do not believe that any political ideology or 'ism' alone can do the job. No
single ideology or `ism' can save the world. Drawing from the most
constructive aspects of ideologies and `isms' will help, provided the root
cause of all problems is recognized - a turning away from the spiritual
dimension and the moral values common to all religions.
gives us the opportunity to interact with our fellow men on that level not
condemning his religious beliefs but celebrating with him the acknowledgement
of a SUPREME DEITY (God, Jehovah, Allah or any other name he may call that
is on thee aspects that you must examine yourself and determine - AM I TRULY A
abandonment of traditional morality is the cue for expropriation of private
property, heavy taxation, theft, waste, compulsory association, totalitarian
thought control, sexual exploitation, disloyalty to family, social
engineering, genocide (including the genocide of the unborn child) and
impiety. It is worth emphasizing that Freemasonry is about moral duties and
responsibilities - not rights. Morality tells individuals what they must not
do and provides principles for good living. The emphasis on rights in modern
society (encouraged by modern educational theories and ideas) is a challenge
to Freemasonry. The duty-centered society will automatically generate respect
for important human rights and moral values. On the other hand the focus on
rights in a society which is not concerned about duties (such as honesty and
keeping promises) will lead human kind backwards.
better world requires better human beings, who are honest and not corrupt.
Freemasonry teaches us these morals and ethics. “MAN BUILDS ONE BRICK AT A
TIME” so morally disciplined individuals collectively become disciplined
communities and eventually morally a disciplined nation.
most precious wealth in the world is that of established character. While not
ALL can become leaders, each of us can be pure of heart and faithful to our
principles. The greatest influence of Freemasonry is its influence on
have the right to demand deeds of principle and integrity rather an attitude
of indifference and violation that surround us.
love, faith are the principles which should guide the life of a Freemason. It
is upon these Pillars that we must base the question - AM I TRUELY A MASON?
As an Individual, I would enjoin you the practice of every domestic as
well as public virtue. Let Prudence direct you; temperance
chasten you; fortitude support you; and justice be the guide of
all your actions. Bear constantly in mind the indispensable duties of Candour,
Discretion and Fidelity. And be especially careful to maintain in their
fullest vigour those truly Masonic characteristics, Benevolence and Brotherly
From the charge to an entered apprentice in the Irish Constitution
means more than just regular attendance at Lodge meetings, the recital of
Ritual and the wearing of jewels – although these are important aspects of
must demonstrate to the public our sincerity as men of honour, dignity and
moral upstanding. We must stand out as being honest and principled. It is not
easy in the modern world to convince people that Freemasonry through its
teachings seeks to make good men better. It is your example in every facet of
your daily life that will make you stand out.
MY BROTHER YOU TRULY A MASON ?