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February 2018

My dear brothers,

We all agree that Freemasonry is a splendid Fraternity; that it is steeped in tradition; that it numbers many great men of the past and present as its Members; that it has a beautiful ritual; and that it is, indeed, a great honor to be a Freemason. However, in the final analysis, the future of Freemasonry depends not on these things but on the influence it exerts in the life of each one of us. If society is to be successful and everlasting, it must live and breathe the principles on which it is founded. It must be workable, and this means that the individual Members must live in the spirit of real Brotherhood, we must be a doer of the Word, not just a hearer only. To assume obligations of friendship, morality, and brotherly love; to reaffirm love for the dependence on an Eternal Father, are but empty words lost forever in the restless air if they are not practiced in our daily life. In this sense, we as present-day Masons could very well classify ourselves as Operative Masons. Our Lodge is not just a room. It is not merely a place in which to enjoy fraternal fellowship. It is not an organization which replaces the Church. It is not the means of promoting ones self in business. What our Lodge really is, is a group of men, a group of Brothers, who have dedicated themselves to a common task, and that is to build. A Freemason is a builder; a builder of character; a builder of a better community; a better nation; a better world in which to live; a builder of an Eternal Temple for the indwelling of God. Such should be the real meaning of Freemasonry to each of us. If not, we should re-dedicate our lives right now to those principles of Freemasonry to which we have obligated ourselves to accept, to learn, to keep and to exemplify. We are brought to Light in order that we may let our Light so shine before our fellowmen, that they may see our good works and join us in glorifying The Great Architect of the Universe.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
RW Nomar Vizcarrondo, PGC
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January 2018

My dear brothers,

Happy New Year to all of you. First and foremost, I would like to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt thanks and
gratitude  to each and every one of you who elected me as Worshipful Master of our beloved Secaucus-Hudson Lodge No. 72 for the Masonic Year 2018-2019.. It is a true honor and I am confident that we will have a wonderful year. I have no doubt in my mind that with all your help and support we can keep and continue achieving our goals. For those of you that attended our Installation in December, you heard me speak about how important family is for me. That will be my main focus this year. I truly believe that the success of a Lodge can be attained easily once the family gets involved. We are making it a point that the events planned for the 2018 Masonic Year include the participation of the family members of our Brothers. As important as it is to promote our Fraternity outside of our Lodges, we must also promote within. Our family members have to live the experience with us and attest to all the good things Masonry provides to everyone, they must feel part of the Masonic Family. As I did before when I was Worshipful Master in 2011, I would always like to end my message with a quote. Here, I would like to do the same, with something related to family. So, I found this quote by Brad Henry that says: “Families are the compass that guides us. They are the inspiration to reach great heights, and our comfort when we occasionally falter.”

May the Great Architect of the Universe bless us all and our families.

Once again, thank you for all your trust.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
RW Nomar Vizcarrondo, PGC
Worshipful Master ...

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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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