Como se tornar Maçon

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Via site da Grande Loja Unida de Portugal
A Grande Loja Unida de Portugal, quer que uma nova geração de Maçons sirva Portugal e, através destes Homens, transmitir os seus princípios e valores.
O Principio e Objetivo Primordial da Grande Loja Unida de Portugal é a Regularidade – que visa a recuperação dos landmarks bem como dos princípios e valores da maçonaria regular em toda a sua virtude.
A Grande Loja Unida de Portugal, sendo uma Grande Loja Regular, pugna pela transmissão da prática efetiva dos seus princípios basilares -justiça, da liberdade de pensamento, da solidariedade, fraternidade, verdade e honestidade, pelos seus membros. Assim, esta é uma Grande Loja que pretende e trabalha pela recuperação da tradição, na sua pureza orientadora de ações e condutas dos respetivos membros, que se pretendem igualmente homens íntegros, livres e de bons costumes, descontaminados dos vícios e más práticas da sociedade. A Grande Loja Unida de Portugal, através das suas ações visa assim difundir às atuais e futuras gerações os seus valores e princípios.

Como entrar | Como ser Maçon
A adesão à Maçonaria e à Grande Loja Unida de Portugal deve fundamentar-se numa decisão livre, individual responsável de cada candidato, a quem apelidamos de profano.
A Maçonaria não pratica nenhum tipo de interferência, pelo que qualquer candidatura de entrada deve emanar de uma vontade expressa e de um convencimento interior do próprio candidato.
A Grande Loja Unida de Portugal é uma instituição absolutamente aberta a todos aqueles que estejam interessados em saber algo mais sobre a Maçonaria, seja por simples curiosidade, seja porque admitem a possibilidade de solicitar a sua adesão e ingresso. Consideramos que é recomendável e desejável que o candidato disponha de suficiente conhecimento sobre os princípios e finalidades da Maçonaria para poder tomar uma decisão livre e fundamentada.

Requisitos para ser Maçon
Todo o candidato que pretende vir a pertencer à Maçonaria, terá que reunir os três requisitos seguintes:
1.Ser um cidadão LIVRE, posto que a candidatura à iniciação em Maçonaria, pressupõe uma inata liberdade individual, sem qualquer tipo de pressão, influência, dependência, de qualquer tipo ou de qualquer circunstância que lhe corte essa liberdade.
2.Ser um cidadão de BONS COSTUMES, o mesmo é dizer, digno de confiança, honrado na sua vida privada, social, na sua forma de trabalhar, e de boa reputação.
3.ACREDITAR NA EXISTÊNCIA DE UM PRINCIPIO SUPERIOR E CRIADOR, o candidato tem de acreditar num Ente Superior, num Principio Criador de todo o Universo, a que se denomina comumente de Deus, e que os maçons, respeitando sempre a liberdade do individuo perante qualquer crença particular, denominam de Grande Arquiteto do Universo.
Para ser Maçon, deverá ainda ser-se Homem e ter atingido a maioridade. Importa informar que não existe qualquer restrição quanto à nacionalidade, grupo social ou religião do candidato.

O candidato a Maçon deve ter capacidade de compreensão dos conceitos filosóficos da Ordem e dispor de uma “ciência, arte, oficio, ou rendimento” tal como conta da expressão dos antigos ditames da Ordem.

Les raisons de l’engagement en franc-maçonnerie

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Sympatie de la Nouvelle République
Le sujet de la conférence de clôture des troisièmes Rendez-vous maçonniques de Blois se veut porteur : l’engagement. Au micro, dans le rôle d’animateur, Alain-Georges Emonet est en charge de relayer les questions que le grand public se pose. Une fois les dix intervenants présentés – appartenant chacun à une obédience différente (Grand Orient de France, Grande Loge de France, Grande Loge féminine de France pour ne citer qu’elles) –, il est temps d’entrer dans le vif du sujet.
« Je n’appartiens à aucune obédience. Si je veux vous rejoindre, que dois-je faire ? » interroge-t-il. Et Mohamed Ait-Aarab, deuxième Grand maître du Grand Orient de France, de se lancer. « L’engagement dans le monde profane correspond à une urgence », Mohamed Ait-Aarab prenant pour exemple l’entrée dans la Seconde Guerre mondiale. À l’opposé, « l’engagement maçonnique nécessite une réflexion préalable », ce dernier évoquant alors « une procédure administrative » que le profane « peut interrompre s’il le souhaite ». Olivier Chebrou de Lespinats, Grand maître à la Grande Loge mixte nationale, de préciser que « parmi les documents demandés figure, dans [son] obédience, le casier judiciaire ». À l’inverse, pour quitter la franc-maçonnerie, « il faut écrire une lettre de démission au président de la loge ». Pour Danielle Boudy-Gillet (Grande Loge féminine), s’engager, c’est « adhérer à des valeurs de liberté, d’égalité et de fraternité ».

“ Moins d’ego et un supplément d’être ”
« Mais pourquoi s’engager d’ailleurs ? » Et Nelly Besnard (GLESO) de rétorquer qu’il s’agit, selon elle, de « faire un travail sur soi-même afin d’être plus réceptif aux autres. Un maçon doit être un modèle pour la société ».
Et une fois à l’intérieur ? « On respecte l’engagement philosophique des uns et des autres », assure Gaspard-Hubert Koko Lonsi de la Grand Loge mixte de France. « Le travail que nous faisons en loge nous permet de trouver des valeurs et de les externaliser », reprend Nelly Besnard.
Se confiant sur son engagement franc-maçonnique, et sur ce que cela lui apporte, Jean-Michel Fleury (Grande Loge traditionnelle et symbolique opéra) éprouve un sentiment de « satisfaction personnelle » qui le pousse dans « la recherche de l’exemplarité en permanence ». Et Jean-François Variot (Grande Loge nationale française) de conclure : « La franc-maçonnerie, c’est moins d’ego et un supplément d’être. »

DECLARATION

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Declaration of Lodge Sun Yat Sen No. 8 of the United Grand Lodge of Portugal (UGLP) on the occasion of the public demonstration convene by various French Human Rights organizations, civil societies groups and Masonic Obediences for today, the 19 February, in Paris.

Acknowledging the summon of a public gathering to express the rejection by the French people of recent expressions of racism, prejudice and anti-Semitism against Jews in general and Jews intellectuals in particularly, the Master and Brothers of Lodge Sun Yat Sen No. 8, located at the Orient of Macau, China, express their support for the gathering and unite themselves in spirit to the Brothers and Sisters by condemning any form of prejudice, bullying and hatred with people of the Jewish faith.

This return to the era of darkness is inadmissible in an European country, is opposed to the letter and spirit of the European Declaration of Human Rights and similar international covenants and should be strongly condemned by people of good faith and free men of good report.

There is no place in Europe for people who think like that and project their hatred in such a heinous form. Having Brothers of that faith in our ranks we express solidarity and fraternal love to the Brethren of all Obediences, Grand Lodges and Grand Orients who worship the religion of Abraham, Moses, David or Solomon.

No pasaran.

The Worshipful Master
A.M. Goncalves

La GLDF participe aussi au Rassemblement du 19 février — Hiram.be

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Communiqué de la Grande Loge de France . Condamnation de la montée des violences dans notre République Paris, le 18 février 2019 Depuis plusieurs semaines, c’est avec inquiétude et indignation que nous constatons la répétition d’attaques terribles et ciblées bafouant les valeurs de notre République,… Cet article La GLDF participe aussi au Rassemblement du 19…

via La GLDF participe aussi au Rassemblement du 19 février — Hiram.be

The Heart (Robert E. Jackson)

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Via Midnight Freemasons

The heart is an amazing muscle within the human body. From the moment we are conceived, until the day we take our last breath, our heart pumps the nutrient rich blood throughout our bodies. A single muscle, no bigger than the size of our fist, responsible for the collection and distribution of resources, for all other muscles and organs within the body. In addition to this crucial job, our heart also takes the ownership of our emotions and desires. There is no scientific correlation between the heart and emotion, however, our feelings continue to be listed as a product of this muscle. As a society we continue to believe this, while the sciences tell us otherwise.

In fact, our emotions and desires, all thought, originates from our brain. It is the central computer of our entire existence. The performance and actions of all muscles, including the heart, are driven by the brain. Throughout each day, as we love and hurt, those feelings continue to be associated with the heart. When we feel great loss, or ‘heartache,’ our chests physically pain us. To the contrary, any anger or jealousy we ‘feel,’ is often attributed to the brain. Why is it the brain owns anger and fear, whilst the heart owns love and passion? Perhaps the ownership lies within the ability to change. We often believe that those emotions perceived to be grounded in the brain can be changed, but those emotions of the heart are less wavering.

Since I was little, I’ve often heard that you can’t force somebody to love you. I believe this was even a limitation within the movie “Aladdin,” where the all powerful genie could do anything, with exception of those matters of the heart – Love. There is a passion there that cannot be argued away. I’ve seen arguments, or ‘discussions,’ among Brothers on social media that have been very concerning. Such discourse and anger ripping through our Fraternity like molten lava through a forest. It is absolutely true that through debate, we can educate ourselves and others. But why debate over matters and subjects with such an emotional basis? When a topic is held within the heart, it seems to me that no amount of rhetoric could ever change that.

I suspect that this steadfast behavior on some subjects, is exactly why those subjects are forbidden from discussion within an open Lodge. These subjects are part of the human passion, in our hearts, and the debates do little more than create anger and animosity. However, I do believe that other passions can intervene. In a marriage, both parties don’t always agree, especially on political issues, but the Love they feel for each other overpowers those differences, and ultimately creates a more balanced union. Their relationship is in their heart. Where were you first prepared to be made a Mason? Could that passion and Love for Masonry overshadow other desires of the heart and help with the temperance of some of those other topics?

Now I’m not suggesting that we remain silent when disagreement exists. It is possible to simply state our peace and disapproval, but why drone on trying to convince somebody of something, trying to change them, when they have no desire to change? Growing up in a family plagued with addictions, the serenity prayer was a frequently referred to prose. “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.” Accept the things I can not change. I believe there is one thing in this world that we can change. Ourselves.

The foundation of Freemasonry is based on our ability to change ourselves. We take good men and make them better. But the way we do this is not by forcing others to agree with our beliefs and actions. We do this by becoming better versions of ourselves, which can in turn positively influence others. We all knock on that door in our own search for light, what use is the light if we don’t internalize it to illuminate our inner selves? Every one of us is a teacher, and a student. What are we actually teaching, if we don’t endeavor to be the student? Certainly embrace your passions my Brothers, strengthening your Masonry, but don’t let the other occupants of your heart cloud what truly matters and inhibit your progress as a student.

~REJ