The path of a masonic Lodge is done by a sequence of initiatives: the recruitment of new members, the passing to upper degrees and the raising to the sublime degree of Master Mason. It is also done of instruction, readings and the camaraderie within the sessions and out of it. Freemasonry gives us a sense of family somehow fulfilling the gaps that exist as it is so common in Asian Lodges great part of the members are expatriates with their families living far away. What is interesting in our experience is that we encouraged a larger spectrum of nationalities as targets for recruitment and somehow the edifice is matching without great push. The assembling becomes natural almost automatic and we found ourselves chatting and joking around our idiosyncrasies and national characteristics. There is always an anecdote in the air about the other nationality. What is encouraging. It is wrong when freemasonry and freemasons close themselves around a nationality or a language, excluding all the others who don’t fit on these guidelines. It becomes poorer and betrays its universal purpose. This week we felt enormously content. We manage to get together free men of good principles coming from six different nationalities and several races. It is not the final objective we impose ourselves two years ago but we are on a way to it. Our path has been worthy and the effort and dedication rewarded.
A few nights ago, the Brother in the middle was Raised to the Sublime Degree of a Master Mason. The other two of us were able to do a small part during his degree ceremony, and after he was Raised, we were able to “prove up” on our catechisms as Master Masons infront of him.
While this picture was being taken last week, I overhead some officers in my Lodge comment that this picture would show the future of Freemasonry – a younger future. The picture is of my cohort group in my Lodge and our average age is just north of 30. We went through the degrees together – some in a group and some individually.
We were told at the end of the night from a visiting Grand Lodge Officer, that the numbers of Freemasons in Alberta are now on the increase again. My Lodge initiated six new Entered Apprentices last year, and we have 4 new Petititions to join right now. The average age of all ten would be in their mid 30’s. For Freemasonry to continue to grow, younger members need to be attracted to the craft.
We were told at the end of the night, that since we have passed our proficiency as Master Masons, we are eligible to sponsor new candidates and were encouraged to do so. If we knew anybody who we thought was of good moral character and would be a good fit within the Craft, we should not hesitate to bring up the topic of Freemasonry.
The easiest way to attract younger members is to already have younger members, so we are fortuitously already along that path. But how do you attract younger members without recruiting in the first place? I think the problem with younger men being expected to find their own way to the front door of a Masonic Lodge is that most have never heard of Freemasonry.
My understanding is that a man has to find his own way to Masonry, and ask to join himself. So do I tell him about the Craft, but never ask him if he would like to join?
Of all the emotions that we experience in our daily lives, anger may be one of the most potent. It has the ability to completely consume and overwhelm our rational mind, leaving us a complete slave to its whims. It, along with love, is one of our most God-like emotions; outside of love, the Bible speaks most frequently of God’s anger at His wayward children.
The most dangerous part about anger is that, often, it leads us into irrational, potentially damaging actions that can negatively affect us far into the future. Our peers, seeing our actions, may lose respect for us. We may say words in anger that damage, or even destroy, our relationships. If we’re especially unwise, we may even vent our anger in writing, leaving proof of our inability to control our emotions for all to see.
Brothers, this is an especially difficult topic for me, because I struggle with controlling my anger daily. To me, it has become an almost separate entity; a beast that has taken up residence in my mind and that I have to fight against to maintain the balance in myself. I had such a dread of writing this topic that I have developed an inability to write for the past two months and have had to rely on articles that I banked up for just such an occasion.
The thing about anger is, there really isn’t a good answer to it. If you indulge in it to get past it, you hurt those around you as well as yourself. If you bottle it up, it will eat away at you until you explode in rage. Besides, the whole goal was to control the anger, not suppress it.
In my search for more light about anger, I find myself contemplating two striking (and often overlooked) symbols from our ritual.
The first is the Volume of Sacred Law. Now of course each Mason brings to the table his own Volume, and I cannot begin to tell you what is in yours, however I can tell you the words of King Solomon that are in mine: “Fools give full vent to their rage” (Proverbs 29:11). Solomon was wise enough to recognize the importance of keeping his anger in check, and there is no greater example for a Freemason to inspire to.
The second symbol, which is one I find useful in so many situations, is the compass (or, if you prefer, compasses). The art of circumscription is one that can be applied to so many situations that it is hardly any wonder our ancient brethren chose it (along with the square) to be the most public symbol of our craft. It is a subtle craft; when appropriately applied, it may go unnoticed by the world outside of ourselves.
Guy Piau est interviewé par Jacques Carletto à propos de son dernier livre, L’Alchimie histoire et actualité. Guy Piau, qui pense que « La maçonnerie écossaise a une correspondance avec les symbolismes alchimiques ». Guy Piau a reçu un enseignement alchimique en 1964 et a été Cet article est…
Lodge Sun Yat Sen, at the Orient of Macau, gathers for the solemn ceremony of initiation that is taking place in Macau, next wednesday, 19th October, by 9:00 pm. Please contact the secretary through the email: firstname.lastname@example.org or the phone +853-66928917.