Messages

June 2020

My Dear Brethren,

It is my sincere hope that this message finds you and your loved ones all safe and sound during these tumultuous times. As I write these words, I watch the news and cannot help but worry about the uncertainty the future holds for our nation because of Covid and the rioting due to social injustice.

While it is true that as of this message the Covid-19 pandemic has for the most part slowed down its spread as a result of the quarantine and containment procedures enacted throughout the states, it still has not been eradicated completely. So please remember to be careful when interacting with each other my brothers. To the many First Responders, Law Enforcement members, EMT’s, Doctors, Nurses and medical staff who have labored tirelessly, under near impossible circumstances, overworked, understaffed, under-resourced, and under-appreciated, I (and our entire lodge) would like to say: THANK YOU ALL from the bottom of our hearts.

Our Most Worshipful Grandmaster passed an edict, and we will officially be allowed to conduct Masonic business again as of June 15!! This means that we will have our first official regularly scheduled meeting the following Friday, June 26th (second Friday of the month), so let’s get ready!

In a bit of more good news, in our Trestleboard you will also find the announcement from our Grand Lodge alerting us to Governor Murphy's decision to lift the Stay-At-Home order as of June 9th. As of June 9th, we are allowed to have 50 people (or 25% of our total capacity) meet indoors. This is great news my brethren as it will now allow us to perform our ritual (i.e. degrees) indoors without the previous limitation as to the number of brethren in the lodge. Our goal is to perform the degrees that we were not able to due to COVID very shortly after we reconvene. So, if you have not already done so during the abundant downtime we have had, start brushing up on your ritual (I.e. opening, closing floor work, etc.).

Brethren as our nation goes through these troubling times, it would behoove us to remember that even though we all came in on different “boats” (in some cases metaphorically, and in some literally), we are all bound as masons for the same destination. We are all striving to become better human beings and become the best versions of ourselves that we can be. As brothers we choose not to judge or discriminate. And we should hold on to those values firmly.

With all that the world is going through, our masonic vows are more important than ever. We shall stand beside one another and show support for our brethren. We will show, and prove, that we welcome everyone with open arms. We will make ourselves better men and better masons by working the quarries together, reaching out to our brothers, taking care of our brethren, and looking out for each other. If we do, we WILL get through these difficult times and come out stronger, united as a brotherhood of men, under the fatherhood of God.

I look forward to meeting with you all and getting back to work in the quarries my brothers! Until then, may the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide, protect, and bless you and your families.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

May 2020

My Dear Brethren,

Extending to all of you my warmest fraternal greetings from the East, it is my hope that this message finds you and your loved ones all safe and sound during these continued uncertain times. Our beloved craft continues to be dealt this swift blow by the continued Covid-19 pandemic by still not allowing us to meet and spend time together in brotherhood. I can only hope that sometime soon we will be able to meet, work the quarries and commune again fraternally. Until then we can still meet virtually using various technological resources (i.e. via Zoom, Facetime, WhatsApp, etc.). Please remember that our sacrifice by not coming together in person is for the safety, health and wellbeing of our brethren and loved ones. As I have mentioned before, by working together, we can get through this together my brothers.

As you know by now, in my Trestleboard messages I usually attach verses from the Volume of Sacred Law or a quote from wise Freemasons like our brothers Benjamin Franklin or George Washington, etc. But I have come to realize that “light” often comes from the most unexpected sources. The sages and wisest of men in the past often looked towards the simplest things in nature to expand their knowledge and receive wisdom. Newton observed the apple falling which led him to ponder the effects of gravity. Karl Von Frisch realized that bumblebees are communicating the most complex instructions with each other through their beautiful waggle dance. Archimedes yelled Eureka when he discovered buoyancy (he later ran down the streets of Syracuse naked, but that’s a story for another Trestleboard message).

So, as I was sitting here typing this month’s message a song came on by Robert Palmer (RIP), an artist whose songs I am sure some of you may know well. He sang such hits as “Bad case of loving you”, “Simply Irresistible”, “Addicted to love”, amongst many others. But the one that came on as I was typing is called “Every Kinda People”. It is a song I have heard many times before but have never really taken the time to listen to carefully. This time I did. Here are the lyrics:

“Said the fight to make ends meet…Keeps a man upon his feet
Holding down his job…Trying to show he can't be bought.
Ooh, it takes every kind of people, to make what life's about, yeah
Every kind of people, to make the world go 'round.
Someone's looking for a lead, In his duty to a King or creed
Protecting what he feels is right, Fights against wrong with his life
There's no profit in deceit, Honest men know that Revenge do not taste sweet
Whether yellow, black, or white, Each and every man's the same inside
It takes every kind of people, to make what life's about, yeah
Every kind of people to make the world go 'round
You know that love's the only goal, that could bring a peace to any soul
Hey, and every man's the same, He wants the sunshine in his name
Ooh, it takes every kind of people…”

Some of you may probably be thinking “Why is the master wasting our time with song lyrics?”. Well, if you will indulge me for a bit, I submit to you that there is wisdom in those song lyrics my brothers. There is light there brethren. We just have to take the time to carefully think about it and discover the message, the wisdom, the light – not unlike Newton, Von Frisch, and Archimedes did all those years ago. And while their discoveries were scientific in nature, this one is philosophical, spiritual (if you will), but light, nevertheless. The message in that song is one of understanding, universal brotherhood, truth, and love. And when you really think about it, aren’t those the same values we are taught to adhere to as masons?

So now more than ever, lets us remember the oaths we took. Let us hold fast to those philosophical lessons we learned from the VSL and our wonderful ritual, then pick up our tools and continue to work on that rough ashlar my brothers! Making ourselves better men and better masons by working the quarries together, reaching out to our brothers, taking care of our brethren, and looking out for each other. Only then will we get through these difficult times and come out stronger, united as a brotherhood of men, under the fatherhood of God.

As we have been doing up until now, as soon as we receive updates from the Grand Lodge regarding any changes due to the pandemic (i.e. our ability to meet and conduct our masonic work), we will make sure to let you all know immediately. Until then my brothers, may the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide, protect, and bless you and your families.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

P.S: If you haven’t before, I encourage you to listen to the song...

April 2020

My Dearest Brethren,

First, I would like to extend to all of you my warmest fraternal greetings from the East, and I sincerely hope that this communication finds you and your loved ones all safe and well during these uncertain times.

With the current Covid-19 pandemic upon us, Masonry has been dealt a bit of a blow by not allowing us to meet and spend time together in fraternal fellowship as we love to do. However, our sacrifice is for a good reason; it is for the safety, health and well-being of our brethren and loved ones. Fortunately, we live in an age of technology that allows us to meet “virtually” via telephone conference calls and even video conferencing, and while we may not be able to necessarily conduct masonic business, we can at least check in on our brothers from the safety of our homes. So please brethren, I beg you to heed the warnings of the medical professionals and our government leaders and stay home where possible. By working together, we can get through this together.

As we enter into the month of April which brings us Holy Week and Easter, I cannot help but think about the similarities between our current situation of “darkness” brought on by the current pandemic, and the darkness that Jesus’s followers felt that Friday when he was being crucified. The Jewish people were expecting their Messiah to be a type of military leader that would free them from Roman rule and oppression, so when the Roman leaders and soldiers crucified Him, many of them regrettably but understandably lost hope. What they didn’t know, what they could never have imagined, was that the very next Sunday would bring them hope in abundance and beyond their wildest dreams because their God, the same God that had brought the Israelites out of captivity in Egypt, was the same God watching over and working on their behalf on the day of resurrection!! And He is the same God working for us today!

Psalms 133:1 of the Volume of Sacred Law says, “Behold how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” a verse that many of us know well from our Masonic labors. Proverbs 17:17 says “A friend loveth at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.” Brethren, the Great Architect of The Universe wants us to love and look after each other, especially during times of trouble and great adversity like the one we are currently experiencing. As men and as masons, we should be leading by example and working together reaching out to our brothers and looking out for each other in order to get through this together as brethren.

Our brother Benjamin Franklin said: “Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.” Brethren, it’s times like these that test a man and brings out his true character. Let’s prove what we are made of as Masons and show the world our true character by looking out for each other. The simple act of calling and reaching out to a brother who may be going through a difficult time can make all the difference in the world to that brother. I and the SH72 officers have had the pleasure of making calls to our lodge members to check in on them, and we will continue to do so throughout this pandemic period and afterwards. As a Scottish Rite mason, I had the pleasure of reaching out to many of our Scottish Rite brethren as well. I got to “meet” many of my brothers via those phone calls and had wonderful conversations with them. It kindled the fire of brotherhood within me and made me miss our meetings and fellowship even more.

Believe me brethren, like so many of you I am chomping at the bit to be with my brethren again! But I would much rather do so only once we know that we can all meet in fellowship safely and without harm to our brethren. Until then, I encourage you all to do the following: reach out and check in with each other, take this precious time (that we usually do not have much of) to spend with your families and loved ones, take up a hobby, read masonic literature (that you may not usually have time to), go over your ritual, or do anything else that would help you or your loved ones grow together, or benefit your growth as a mason.

As we receive updates from Grand Lodge regarding the pandemic, as well as any changes in our ability to meet and conduct our masonic work, we will make sure to let you all know immediately. Until then my brothers, may the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide, protect and bless our lodge, our brothers and their families during these difficult times.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

P.S: Don’t forget to wash your hands!

March 2020

My Dear Brethren,

I extend to you the warmest fraternal greetings from the East and sincerely hope that this communication finds you all doing well.

Firstly, I would like to thank our Secaucus-Hudson # 72 officers and everyone who came out to support us on our first Official Visit of the District Deputy Grand Master this past Friday, February 28th. I could not be prouder, more pleased or more thankful to all of you for your efforts in making that evening a success! That night I was honored to wear our Secaucus-Hudson Sitting Masters Jewel presented to me by RW Brother Giovanni Lucero on the night of my installation. It was originally presented to RW John Cornax back in 1972. It’s a beautiful jewel with much historical pride and significance and made of gold. That got me thinking.

Gold has been treasured by mankind for a long time, with gold bars and jewelry dating as early as 4000 B.C. It also has some very interesting properties. For instance, a cubic foot of gold weighs about half-a-ton, and a one-ounce piece of gold can be pressed to cover 300 square feet.

Gold is refined to remove its impurities. This usually involves a lengthy process of heating and cooling cycles. Gold is tested with heat; it is made pure by going through the fire.

Just as most gold is naturally impure, humans in their natural state are filled with impurities. The Volume of Sacred Law says, “The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked; who can know it?” (Jeremiah 17:9). And the answer follows: “I, the Lord, search the heart, I test the mind, even to give every man according to his ways, according to the fruit of his doings” (v. 10).

We can’t determine the purity of a piece of gold by just looking at it; neither can humans be judged by what is on the outside. While our actions can give a clue to our characters, only the GAOTU can read our thoughts and see inside our hearts. Only He can judge our content with accuracy.

What are we made of as masons? What is in our characters as we interact with our brethren? In the book of Proverbs (17:3) the Volume of Sacred Law says: “The Lord tests the hearts”. None of us are perfect, but the GAOTU doesn’t abandon us. When necessary He allows trials to come our way. Through the heat of these trials our hearts are refined—but only if we remember our oaths and continue to put our faith in Him the source of all light. Much like pure gold, may the GAOTU continue to refine us through our masonic labor.

Brethren our next Regular Communication will be on March 13th and our DLI will be on March 19th and Peninsula Lodge in Bayonne. All officers are required to attend. As always, we will continue having our practices after our Sunday breakfasts, as well as during the week (schedules permitting).

May the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide and bless our lodge during the rest of our 2020 masonic year.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila,
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

February 2020

My Dearest Brethren,

First and foremost, I would like to congratulate Brother Eduardo Munoz on being Initiated as an Entered Apprentice into this wonderful Brotherhood! He will be receiving his Fellow Craft degree in our first meeting (on March 13th) at our Secaucus Masonic Temple. More information to come soon!

As we enter the month of February a.k.a. “The month of love”, one cannot help but be reminded of the legend of St. Valentine whom some remember by celebrating through a “day of love” on February 14th. According to Encyclopedia Britannica, St. Valentine, (died 3rd century, Rome), is the name of one or two legendary Christian martyrs whose lives seem to be historically based. He is the patron saint of lovers, epileptics, and beekeepers. By some accounts, St. Valentine was a Roman priest and physician who suffered martyrdom during the persecution of Christians by the emperor Claudius II Gothicus about 270 AD. Other narratives identify him as the bishop of Terni, Italy, who was martyred. It is possible these are different versions of the same original account and refer to only one person. According to legend, St. Valentine signed a letter “from your Valentine” to his jailer’s daughter, whom he had befriended and healed from blindness. Another common legend states that he defied the emperor’s orders and secretly married couples to spare the husbands from war. Regardless of what the story surrounding St. Valentine may actually be, there is one fact that we can all agree on; his legend is meant to remind us of the great principle of love.

My brothers, at initiation we are instructed that: “…no institution can boast a more solid foundation than that on which Freemasonry rest…”. Soon after initiation, we come to the awareness of the three grand principles on which our beloved Brotherhood is founded, namely “Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth.” Brotherly love as directed towards all mankind and especially to other Masons. Relief, in that every Mason is obligated to relieve the suffering of any Master Mason they encounter who is in dire need if in their power to do so, to the best of their ability, also to act charitably towards society, giving of themselves to better the common good. And Truth, which is represented by the Divine in its multiplicity and diversity, as understood by all men.

This month a historical event took place in our Grand Lodge. A vote was taken – and passed by an overwhelming majority – that affected the way some of our brothers conduct their business namely with regards to language. I had the pleasure of being present at this momentous occasion and could not help but feel an overwhelming sense of warmth, pride and joy for all my brethren throughout the state who demonstrated – through their suffrages - that amazing brotherly love towards the brethren who pushed for this legislation. They may not have even realized it at that moment, but brotherly love was most definitely felt through their actions. My brethren, I pray to the GAOTU that we never cease using that trowel to spread that “cement which unites us into one sacred band or society of friends and brothers--a Temple of living stones, among whom no contention should ever exist, save that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who can best work and best agree."

Our next Regular Communication will be on February 14th (divine coincidence?) and our DLI will be on February 20th in the Jersey City Masonic Center. All officers are required to attend. Once again, I know without a doubt that our officers will be up to the challenge of performing amazing work that day! To help is in this endeavor, we will continue having our practices after our Sunday breakfasts, as well as during the week (schedules permitting).

May the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide and bless our lodge during the rest of the 2020 year.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila,
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

Januanry 2020

My Dearest Brethren,

Happy New Year! I hope that each of you had a very blessed holiday season and that you were able to ring in the New Year with your friends, family and loved ones.

With the start of this new masonic year, I would like to congratulate our 2020 officers! I am extremely honored for the confidence you have placed in me and am excited to work with all of you towards our lodge’s continued success this year! I have many interesting and fun events planned for us throughout the year and look forward to implementing them with your help. I would especially like to thank Worshipful Brother Luis Diaz for his great work in the 2019 year. He did an amazing job leading our beloved lodge and set the example for us to continue going forward.

My theme and focus this year will be on: Mentorship, and Masonic Knowledge & Growth (i.e. Scientia et Sapientia), which leads me to the concept of The Self-made man. “Self-made men are the men who, under peculiar difficulties and without the ordinary helps of favoring circumstances, have attained knowledge, usefulness, power and position and have learned from themselves the best uses to which life can be put in this world, and in the exercises of these uses to build up worthy character.” — Frederick Douglass. 1872. "Self-Made Men". Benjamin Franklin, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States (and a fellow brother Mason!), has been described by Frank Woodworth Pine as "undoubtedly the original and the greatest exemplar of the "self-made man". Despite the odds and his humble origins (his father was a candlemaker), Brother Franklin overcame great obstacles to achieve his goals of reinventing himself through self-improvement becoming a leading writer, political philosopher, politician, Freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, statesman, and diplomat. With such notable accomplishments, we should endeavor to imitate the qualities of such a notable brother.

January is a month of new beginnings, and from a masonic perspective it will already prove to be a very busy month for us! Our first Stated Communication is January 10th and on our very next meeting on January 24th we will have an Entered Apprentice Degree! I know without a doubt that our officers – as always - will be up for the challenge of putting on an amazing degree, so please come and support our brothers who seek light. We will continue to have our usual practices after our Sunday breakfasts, as well as during the week (with the schedules permitting).

I am very honored and humbled to serve as your Worshipful Master for the 2020 year. I look forward to seeing you all at our Stated Communications, to the many fun events we have planned for the year, and to your support throughout 2020.

May the GAOTU watch over you all, and may He guide and bless our lodge in the upcoming 2020 year.

Sincerely and fraternally,

L. Dennis Davila,
Worshipful Master 2020
Secaucus-Hudson #72 F.&A.M

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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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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