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April 2016

Before you could become a Fellowcraft it was demanded of you that you become proficient in the work of the First Degree; that you learn "by heart" a certain portion of the Ritual, and make yourself competent to "stand and deliver" it on occasion. Such a memorization is the sole survival of that ancient custom of Operative Masonry of demanding from the Apprentice, who had served the legal time (usually seven years), a Master's Piece; and example of ability in Masonry b...

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March 2016

What is Symbolism in Masonry? Is it the rich bodies of philosophical works which adorn our collective histories? Or the majestic works of art that fill our minds with wonders and provoke deeper meaning and thought? Symbolism in Masonry extends to every clime, culture, convergent history and looks with the mind’s eye a search for what is true. As Albert Mackey...

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February 2016

All Masons are taught of Wisdom, Strength and Beauty; the words “For there should be Wisdom to contrive, Strength to support and Beauty to adorn” are older than our Rituals. King Solomon esteemed wisdom greatly. In fact he cherished wisdom so much that in Proverbs he says: “Incline thine ear unto wisdom and apply thy heart to understanding. Happy is the man that findeth wisdom and the man that getteth understanding. For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver and th...

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January 2016

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 hal...

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December 2015

We have come to the close of another beautiful masonic year. Although we were not able to complete some of the projects that were on the drawing board we were able to achieve other projects that were important. It was a pleasure to work with each and every one of m...

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November 2015

Happy Thanksgiving month to one and all. Let us all take charge of our actions and remember what to be thankful for. I am thankful for life, family friends and for this great Brotherhood that we both share. I am thankful for those whom I have met and those w...

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October 2015

It is said that God took 6 days to create the sun, the stars, the morning, the night, the waters, the land, man and woman. Was it easy for God to accomplish this major feat because God is a devoted God or because he didn't have all the distractions we have today?

Today we are bombarded by many tasks during a single day. We do not have the luxury of spending one day at a time and manage one task . This is a true situation for many of us. Hp...

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September 2015

Welcome back to the quarry's, it is time to pick up our working tools and finish the year strong. Our lodge has completed it's small metamorphosis and waits to be visited by all. We will be having a Fellow Craft Degree on Wednesday, September 30th at 7:30pm. It is the 5th Wednesday of the month and is not a meeting night. I am sure that we will be able to provide our EAs a solid...

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July 2015

Summer time is here! As we go dark for these next couple of months we truly are not at rest. We prepare for our Fellow Craft Degree in Septembe...

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June 2015

Greetings from the East! May ended with our annual Beefsteak Dinner and what a success it was. Thanks to all who helped. Hope to see everyone next year. Th...

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May 2015

Welcome to May Everyone! April showers brings May’s flowers. I am looking forward to our new EA’s to bloom and continue on their Masonic journey. May also brings in a few activities that would be great to see our Brotherhood in action. Our Memorial Day parade in Secaucus is hap...

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April 2015

Seasons are vital to the transition and evolution of our planet, sure, but I believe seasons also serve the purpose of the evolution of human consciousness too. We can observe the procession of the seasons as deeply symbolic. Why? Because doing so, adjusts perspective and all...

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March 2015

Did you feel that? The wisp of two months that have come and gone in the new year. This should remind us that time is something that we should not take for granted. We all as Masons should reflect on those that we have not heard from in a long while. Obviously, reach out to a Brother Mason that you have not spoken to in a while. Also, let’s not forget those friends and famh...

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February 2015

One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord. Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky. In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand. Sometimes there were two sets of footprints, other times there was one only. This bothered me because I noticed that during the low periods of my life, when I was suffering from anguish, sorrow or defeat, I could see only one set of footprints, so I said to the Lord, “You promised me Lord, that if I followed you, you would walk with me always. But I have no...

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January 2015

I hope everyone had a happy and relaxing holiday and were able to spend time with their loved ones. I must thank you once again for the privilege of leading the Lodge for 2015. Although, I know that throughout the year I will be faced with many challenges as our Past Masters have, with your support I feel confident that all will be able to get through them all. I also wish to congratulate the new 2015 elected and appointed officers. I want to thank the craft for giving me the honor of serving with thes...

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February 2014

“Every piece of marble has a statue in it waiting to be released by a man of sufficient skill to chip away the unnecessary parts. Just as the sculptor is to the marble, so is education to the soul. It releases it. For only educated men are free men. You cannot create a statue by smashing the marble with a hammer, and you cannot, by force of arms, release the spirit or the soul of man.” -Confucius

If I did not know the author of this quote I would have thought it came from a Brother Mason. This touches upon one of the goals I have for this year, ...

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January 2014

The month of December for Masons in New Jersey is busy and filled with Installations, parties, food, drink and merriment. As we celebrate the holidays with our loved ones, family and friends we also divide our time amongst the many lodges of our district, to support them during their installations. I am pleased that some of our officers and members were able to join me to travel and support the other lodges of our Glorious 5th Masonic District during this busy holiday season, and I would like...

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