I like to welcome you all to the beginning of a New Year. A few weeks ago while sitting at the Seasons listening to all the great speeches by Right Worshipful sirs I was astounded on how each message brought a new thought, ways of looking at things and reflecting on the craft. I believe RW Bro. Nirio Garcia words resonated and touched upon why masons meet. We all love the craft, the ritual which defines and differentiates us from the other organizations out there, the symbols, handshakes, passwords and titles. However, what makes all of this have a soul, as it were, is the brotherhood. Sitting around the dining hall table listening to the great stories of past masters and fellow brothers is what makes this all come alive.
With the hindsight of age and experience, advice is given to youth to "gather the harvest while they are young" because as we age, we change and are not able to enjoy things with the same lightness of heart. Those who become Freemasons only for the sake of finding out the secret of the order, run a very great risk of growing old under the trowel without ever realizing their purpose. Yet there is a secret, but it is so inviolable that it has never been confided or whispered to anyone. Those who stop at the outward crust of things imagine that the secret consists in words, in signs, or that the main point of it is to be found only in reaching the highest degree.
This is a mistaken view: the man who guesses the secret of Freemasonry, and to know it you must guess it, reaches that point only through long attendance in the lodges, through deep thinking, comparison, and deduction. My brethren all remember we are working hard to make sure that this place where masons meet is passed down from generation to generation. Come see your new lodge!
S & F,