Two years have passed

We commemorate the second anniversary of our site. It has been an enthusiastic and rewarding experience. We brought to the community of freemasons news about events that are taking place in the four corners of the Earth and involve freemasons. We elected English has the language to connect us as it is the franc language. In this way we shortener distances and overcome differences of culture, faith or nationality. We are most happy by the results we achieve. This encourages to continue. fmtwitter

Freemasonry, what makes it different?

initiationWhat is it, what is its purpose, and how does it differ from other organizations?
Freemasonry is a traditional initiatic order. It is not a secret society, but rather, a society with secrets. While it took its modern form during the Enlightenment, its traditions, symbols, and lessons reach back to pre-modern times.
The general work associated with the initiatic tradition and the purpose of Freemasonry, put simply, is to provide an environment where good men can come together to pursue meaningful intellectual and spiritual growth. It is often said that Freemasonry “makes good men better.” One of the underlying tenets of the initiatic tradition is the belief that with each individual that becomes a better person, the entire world profits.
Being part of the initiatic tradition is what distinguishes Freemasonry from purely social or philanthropic organizations. While there are many different organizations that contribute large sums of money to charity, offer fellowship with like-minded men, or provide education, Freemasonry is unique in that it embodies all these things, but is actually focused on offering men a traditional initiation into the mysteries of life and death. The initiatic tradition is the core, defining characteristic of Freemasonry, without which there would be nothing to differentiate Masonry from other social or philanthropic organizations.

Initiation is a slow and sensitive process and requires great effort on behalf of both the candidate and the existing members of the lodge. For the initiatic experience to be meaningful and enriching, great care and attention must be afforded to each individual candidate. If the new Freemason is to become worthy of the title, he must spend time and energy learning about the history, symbolism, and philosophy of the Craft. There is no way around it. The process of experiencing the initiatic tradition, becoming a part of it, and improving oneself through its lessons is known as Masonic Formation. This is an ever-continuing process of spiritual and intellectual formation that all Freemasons must continuously undergo. Masonic Formation is the process of fitting the Rough Ashlar of our imperfect being into the Perfect Ashlar fit for the Divine temple.

It is a constant transformation through the use of Masonic symbols, rituals, and teachings on a journey of return to the center of our being. W. L. Wilmshurst, in his book Meaning of Masonry, writes, “the very essence of the Masonic doctrine is that all men in this world are in search of something in their own nature which they have lost, but that with proper instruction and by their own patience and industry they may hope to find.”

Excerpt from ‘Entered Apprentice Handbook’, Initiation, Rite, and Tradition

Terry Branstad

branstad-1Iowa’s Governor, Terry Branstad, is president-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for Ambassador to China. Reportedly, this is strongly related to his 30-year relationship with Chinese President Xi Jinping. He is also a Mason in the Grand Lodge of Iowa AF&AM.

Well, Brother Branstad’s Masonic membership made it into the New York Times Wednesday evening (via the Associated Press). And it came, refreshingly, with no veiled allegations of anything untoward or even spooky. Via Christopher Hodapp.

John H. Glenn, Jr [Sympathy of Christopher Hodapp]

<As reported late in the week, former astronaut John H. Glenn, Jr. passed away Thursday at the age of 95. His career as a Navy and Marine aviator, test pilot, space explorer, and politician was widely reported on upon his death. Less reported was his distinguished and courageous career before his journeying into space as a fighter pilot in two wars, and being awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross an astonishing six times.glenn

In April of 1959, Glenn was officially announced as one of the “Mercury 7,” the seven astronauts who would be the beginning of NASA’s manned spaceflight program that would land Americans on the Moon in less than 10 years.  Of those seven, he was the oldest – nearly 40 – which was the cutoff for the selection program. Ultimately, his would be the third mission, and the breakthrough one that would do more than just send a man in a capsule up into the edges of space briefly and land him again.

Those days and space missions all through the 1960s united the people of the Earth in ways that nothing else would again (at least until the televised horror of 9/11), as these incredible men risked their lives. While the Soviet space program beat NASA in several early milestones of unmanned, then manned, spaceflight, the difference was that the U.S. space program openly aired on live TV. The Russians only publicized theirs after their successes had been assured. Failures and deaths of their cosmonauts were hidden for years in some cases. But all over our country, TVs were rolled into school rooms and we watched every launch and every recovery.>