Freemasony lectured in Macau

A lecture is scedulled for today, the 24th November, in Macau concerning the 300 years of the Grand Lodge of London and Westminster recently commemorated with a public event at the Royal Albert Hall in London. The lecturer is Arnaldo Gonçalves, Professor of the Polytechnic Institute in Macau and researcher in Masonic historiography and symbolism. He is the author of an article about Freemasonry in Macau, published some years ago by Revista de Cultura, the revue of Macau Cultural Institute. It is the first initiative in more than 20 years abot the Craft taken place in Macau, now a territory under sovereignty of the People’s Republic of China. The lecture is organised by Luso-Asian Forum, an NGO focused in the intercultural exchange between Portugal and China. It is the third conference of a cycle entitled “From the Sacred to the Profane. Conferences at the Delta of the River”.


Th Spirit of Freemasonry by Kamel Oussayef

Unknown-1Kamel Oussayef, a longtime resident of Winchester, recently published “The Spirit of Freemasonry,” his second book. It is an annotated translation of a rare manuscript written by Jean Frédérique Doszedardski in 1804, the year that Napoleon Bonaparte crown himself Emperor of the French.

The 500-page book is available at the Winchester Public Library and on the website of the Masonic Scottish Rite Museum and Library in Lexington at It is divided into 12 chapters that can be read in any order.

“The Spirit of Freemasonry” as related by Doszedardski, is a compilation of fascinating excerpts from various commonplace books, descriptions of Masonic rituals and ceremonies and a few historic and religious events that have shaped the history our world.

To our delight and surprise, more trivial topics were included such as, the protocol of a “Table Lodge” where Freemasons gather in a lesser formal setting for copious meals, libations and camaraderie. It is clearly described and its strange origin and vocabulary are explained. To the initiated, “firing a cannon loaded with strong red powder” simply means “to drink a glass of red wine.” Enjoy … the book without moderation.

Doszedardski was a prominent Freemason who held the prestigious title of Sovereign Grand Inspector General of the 33rd and last Degree, the highest rank in Freemasonry. He also described himself in one of his manuscripts as Doctor in Medicine, Count, Knight and former Captain. He was born in Warsaw, Poland, in 1770.


A Master’s Work (Robert Jackson)

Sympathy of Midnight Freemason

I’ve heard before that our job as Masons is to make more Masons. What does that mean? How do we successfully do that job? In one light, we can think that it’s just the degree work. Open the doors, get them through, either through one day classes or in the traditional method. But does simply taking a degree make a man a Mason? If you are reading this, I’m betting your answer is “no.”

So how do we do our job? Much like fatherhood, there is no real instruction manual. What is the best way to make a Mason? I would argue that making a Mason has little to do with kneeling at the altar and taking an obligation. Funneling people through the machine doesn’t make Masons. Churning the machine, however, does have an impact on the Fraternity. The importance on the ritual can be diluted, and worse yet, the Masons supportive of the machine, can burn out through a serial repetition of degree work. So, if our job is to make Masons, how else can we achieve this goal?

Throughout our lives, we rarely have a comprehensive view of the full impact of our actions, either good, or bad. Everything we do has an impact on others. Whether it is holding a door open for somebody, hanging with a friend while he’s getting his first tattoo, or cutting somebody off in traffic. Your action ripples, and at least partly determines what kind of day somebody is going to have. Beyond that, their actions from that day could impact their life for years to come (cue Butterfly Effect). Note that none of these scenarios required the recipient to be a Brother.

By being men of strong moral character, applying those working tools each day, we spread a positive opinion of the Fraternity and the Craft. A courteous and helpful hand, who just happens to be wearing a Masonic ring, could do more for our Fraternity than all of the advertising campaigns combined. More importantly, however, we are able to distribute the compassion and care that our world seems to so desperately need. I would humbly submit that the best way to create Masons, is simply by living the lessons of our Craft, spreading the cement of Brotherly Love and Affection.

New threats against the Charlie Hebdo

As Freemasons fond of a full and scrupulous defense of freedom of expression we solidarize ourselves with this testimony of the Grand Orient de France.

“Contre la violence et les menaces, la liberté d’expression doit être garantie

A l’heure où de nouvelles menaces de mort sont proférées à l’encontre de l’équipe de Charlie Hebdo, le Grand Orient de France tient à l’assurer, ainsi qu’il l’a toujours fait, de son indéfectible soutien.

Au nom des principes humanistes et universalistes qu’il défend, le Grand Orient de France dénonce le fanatisme et le totalitarisme dont témoignent ces appels au meurtre. Il n’est pas tolérable que, dans une société démocratique, la liberté d’expression soit ainsi attaquée et que la violence se substitue au débat, à la nécessaire confrontation pacifique des idées. Il n’est pas davantage tolérable que, dans une société libre, les dogmes de toute nature, et notamment meurtriers, s’érigent en menace permanente.”

Grand Orient de France