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March 2019

Brethren,

No man becomes a Mason because they want to be charitable, for there are many charitable organizations which they could join. No man becomes a Mason because they have a love of history, for there are many historical societies they can join. No man becomes a Mason because they love their community, for there are many community-driven organizations. It is not only the character of a Mason which encourages a man to seek admission into our Craft, but also the drive to excel, strive, and grow even after he has become a Brother. A man specifically joins Freemasonry because they see something in the character of a Mason that they admire and aspire to attain in themselves. It is in the character and person of those men who have come before which act as continual encouragement for us to better ourselves and the communities in which we reside. The example they have and continue to set reminds us that there is always the possibility of growth, and that strength of character is not a goal to be achieved but rather a measure of continued conduct. In the face of complacency, deeds performed long ago, and the temptation to rest on one’s laurels, it is that strength of character which drives us to continue growing, continue achieving, and continue inspiring others with our actions and by our conduct.

So, I started to ask myself, how many of us pay our dues because it’s expected, show up when it’s convenient, and only really consider our lessons when we are reminded of them? How many of us are just getting the minimum out of the work we do? I realized that in my early stages as a Mason for some time that had been me, going through the motions either because it was what had been expected of me or because I said I would.

Freemasonry prides itself on making good men better, as we’re so commonly found saying. I think it’s more accurate to say that we give good men the tools to improve themselves – at the end of the day it is still on the man itself to use those tools for their own benefit. Whether it’s the community service we promote, the personal development we seek, or the camaraderie and leadership we teach, I believe that each Mason has to ask themselves what their priorities are, and what they expect to get out of their membership. Every day is an opportunity to invest in yourself, to take our lessons and teachings to heart, and to truly show the world that on becoming a Mason you have committed to becoming a better man.

To those Brothers who have come before and those who yet continue, thank you for your achievements, for your examples, your guidance, and for your inspiration. You make me a better Mason.

Fraternally yours,
Luis G. Diaz
Worshipful Master 2019

February 2019

Brethren,

Being the Worshipful Master of the Lodge, I wear one hat during the meetings, but many hats throughout my term. As Worshipful Master of the Lodge I am responsible for all of the activities of the lodge, but primarily to initiate, pass and raise all good men. Growing the lodge membership is essential to the sustaining of our existence, but we are not a desperate fraternity, we need to be selective in our membership, and the Worshipful Master is the first line of defense. The Worshipful Master is obligated to only submit petitions of men of good character to the Grand Lodge. Men who will dedicate and devote their life to thy service, and become true and faithful Brothers among us so that they reflect positively on our ancient craft. As Worshipful Master, I am to delegate to my line officers, to prepare them for their progressive responsibilities, so they are prepared to lead when their time comes. I have fiscal responsibility to the lodge to endeavor to leave it better off financially that when I assumed my position. This is not an easy task, and requires developing a five year plan, with a strong progressive line to meet the goals. As Worshipful Master, I take part in the deliberations, votes and duties which the Grand Lodge of New Jersey has bestowed upon me. This requires working closely with the secretary and treasurer of the lodge to ensure complete, accurate and timely reports. I am obligated to give degrees to our brothers that are dignified and meaningful, so that they learn the lessons taught, and are able to apply them in their future Masonic career. Promoting peace and harmony within the lodge is another primary duty, not taking sides, but finding balance and being a friend and brother to all members. I have an obligation to enforce the bylaws of the lodge so to ensure that our activities stay within the policies and guidelines that we preside under. We want to ensure that we give relief to our brothers who need it and assist the ill and infirmed. My personal obligation is to promote our Masonic Family, and support our other Masonic bodies. As Worshipful Masters, we endeavor to lead a group of men, all whom have volunteered and share in a common goal of becoming better men. As you can see, the Worshipful Master wears many hats, and with your support and commitment, I will endeavor to achieve all of my duties.

I hope to see you all at our lodge meetings. I am grateful of the gift you give me by attending.

Fraternally yours,

Luis G. Diaz
Worshipful Master 2019

January 2019

My Brothers,

It is the start of a new Masonic Year for Secaucus-Hudson Lodge # 72 and I want to take advantage of the knowledge and experience of all our Past Masters and tenured Brethren to establish a theme for 2019, based on Masonic Education and Brotherhood and call it “Let’s Learn Together and Keep Moving Forward”.

My plan is to utilize the experiences we have had and the lessons learned to guide Secaucus-Hudson Lodge # 72 into the future. I want to make sure that this year our degree work is breathtaking, and that we establish a “status quo”. We need to keep this awesome work moving forward. I want to introduce innovation into our lodge. I want to inspire brothers to take on new roles and challenges. I want a brother to look to the East and be inspired to preside over a lodge. I want our brothers to attend Masonic Events, whether District or Statewide and inspire our members, especially any newly raised Master Masons. There is Masonic History all around us. As we enter a new year, I want to travel with all my Officers to various lodges in our Districts as well as other districts in the state. Plan trips to the George Washington Masonic Memorial in Alexandria, VA. and to the Scottish Rite’s National Heritage Museum in Lexington, MA as well as events such as our Annual Table Lodge. I want us to have Masonic Lectures at least once every quarter where we can also discuss topics such as How Many Degrees are there in Freemasonry, Ideals of a Freemason, and why we view Masonry under two denominations, Operative and Speculative.

As I look forward to our officer line, I see a group of inspired men, ready for any challenges that face them. I see the innovation that we plan to introduce. I look forward to working with all the brethren. I am truly happy to be serving our Masonic Community and Secaucus-Hudson Lodge # 72.

Fraternally yours,

Luis G. Diaz
Worshipful Master 2019

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
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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

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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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