By Wor.Bro Clive Herron
Freemasons we are not an association or a club. Freemasonry was never instituted
to be a service club. We do not gather to have a good time (although that may be
one of the side benefits we enjoy). There are sports Clubs and Service clubs to
fulfil the needs of those wishing to become involved
in such activities. Freemasonry cannot hope to compete with Lions or
Rotary, we are not the same product.
is not a pastime; nor a mere amusement. It is an active living principal formed
and perfected over the centauries.
Lions or Rotary which perform a strictly charitable and worthwhile function in
the community, Freemasonry could be considered as being somewhat selfish – for
it is about putting ourselves FIRST, finding our place, our responsibilities,
carrying out our obligations thereby creating a better world and society,
demonstrating honesty, charity, and brotherly love. We join Freemasonry to
improve ourselves . Freemasonry is a school. We come here to know ourselves
first of all and then to know our neighbour. We come here to educate ourselves,
to search together for the way towards man’s perfection.
then can best be summarised as follows:
We are a complex body of men acknowledging the existence of one God the
Creator of the Universe, seeking to improve ourselves spiritually bound together
as a brotherhood, meeting and learning as equals, involved in labour, linked
together in harmony and enjoying the fellowship of each other’s company. All
this we do in the firm belief that through masonry we can promote UNDERSTANDING,
PEACE, LOVE and HARMONY an ideal to which all good men aspire.
Quite a mouthful and better demonstrated by
our actions rather than words.
Freemasonry teaches us that the most important part of life lies in the discharge of our duties toward God and our fellow man. Our objective is totally different to the service clubs. Freemasonry illustrates through the ritual and its symbols a form of Morality aimed at making the world a better place and is adopted by each individual according to his own particular spiritual needs
· A Freemason strives to be moral and ethical.
strives to show justice, act honourably, and be loyal.
Freemason teaches and practices concern for people.
cares for the less fortunate, and helps those in need.
all this is done irrespective of cultural or ethnic background.
of religious beliefs or any difference in social standing.
through the use of Allegories we are taught – that we are developing a Temple – The Temple represents
ourselves, our bodies and our inner spiritual being.
us reflect on the legend of Solomon's Temple, it's conception, the builders and
the materials, even the ornamentation. You will see that there is a lot that
goes into building a Temple.
must have a concept.
in any one of these areas and your Temple will not stand and if by miracle it
does it will look like hell. The Temple we are building is a symbol of a mans
character and therefore breaks and falls when the soul,( its architect),
is helpless. All the planning that went into Solomon’s Temple must go
are building a Temple which is the unification and the harmonising of the entire
human family through the development of ourselves. We are building a house not
made with hands, eternal in the Heavens and it must be built on a sound
are the architects, we are the surveyors, we are the weather watchers, we are
the ones who dig the foundation, we are the ones who select the materials, we
are the ones who haul the materials, we are the builders.
are all roles from Solomon and the Hirams to the workers. You are the one’s to
make it all happen.
is no easy task. As committed Masons you have had learn to think in new ways and
you learn new skills. You have had to discover muscles you never thought you had
in your labours
the Gold, that will finally ornament your Temple, is rarely found on the
surface. You must dig and dig to get at it. Then you must refine it before you
can apply it. This suggests the last part of the work can be as hard as the
start, in other words, it will not always be easy. As with the workers on
Solomon’s Temple your regular attendance to your labour is expected. No
craftsman can expect reward without fulfilling his tasks
step of the way will make you better, stronger and wiser, if you can just see
through and when you are finished you will have a Temple that is eternal.
speaking, as Masons, you will get hot, tired, sweaty, stinky, smelly, dirty,
cut, bruised and callused before you are through. That is providing you are
willing to see it through. And when you do get through you will be assured that
the pencil, that tool, which symbolically reminded you
that all your words, and actions were truly
observed and recorded by the Almighty Architect, will be your just reward
what are the qualities a mason requires in the 21st Century?
Solomon tells us in Proverbs 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is
he;” Our thoughts are the bricks we use to build our spiritual temples, we are
the aggregate of our thoughts – good and bad.
are living in a world today that is locked in a struggle between good and evil.
The outcome of this struggle will determine what type of a person we are.
issues greet us each morning in the newspapers and bid us farewell with the
evening news. We are bombarded with issues such as:
euthanasia right or wrong or are there conditions?
Are same sex
gambling are destroying family life
available on demand
– wife bashing
HIV and AIDS
are passing through a period of moral and spiritual depression. Is time that we
as Freemasons rose up to the occasion and averted the great dangers that lay
us this should be a modern crusade.
with moral issues is often perplexing. How exactly do YOU think through these
questions should we ask?
should we consider?
Or do we
just take them for granted.
Freemasons are expected to follow a strict code of morality.
thoughts define us, we must be very careful as to their selection as they are
the bricks we put into our edifice. Once these are cemented into place they
become very hard to remove and replace should they prove defective. We
ultimately become these thoughts and they stay with us for good or ill and
ridding the ill ones can be very painful and difficult.
we are not careful we can damage or scar our minds and the result is a poor
building setting a poor example. In computer parlance - poor
intake, bad output. This is the result of hate, spite and wilful
this gets too long, here's where I'm going with it.
is nothing more than a word, a proper noun. The body of Masons bring meaning to
the word and so Freemasonry is the sum total of the thoughts and deeds of
the good and great things Freemasonry is known for is the result of single
individuals and the aggregate of their thoughts, their good Character.
of the ills of Freemasonry, the issues of membership, their quality,
the shortcomings on all sides are also the result of single individuals
and the aggregate of their thoughts and their Character.
are no answers outside of ourselves as the problems are not outside us,
individually or collectively. All evil is Man made NOT a single evil was created
by God. The "good" or the "bad" is
built inside each and everyone of us, and then as we take our place in
this larger Masonic edifice called Freemasonry, the good and the bad is built
right into the fabric of Freemasonry.
there are good men out there shouting “MASONRY WHERE ARE YOU” Listen
carefully My Brothers – WE NEED THOSE MEN. My hope is that we find them and
together search our hearts and minds to chip away the rough and superfluous
stone and that we do not look upon ourselves and others as unworthy - but rather
as work in progress.
came across the following quotation – the author is unknown
Don’t say we are weak! When God gives us a mission he also gives us the power to fulfil it. Don’t say that we are few. They were only twelve … the apostles who reformed the world