Hello Brethren. I want to thank everyone for the kind words about last month's column. Last time I talked about how Freemasonry makes a good man better. This month I would like to talk about motivation and our Fraternity. Some of you will recognize the message I am writing, but I feel strongly enough about it to say it yet again.
If you are reading this, then you should consider yourself one of the luckiest men on earth for you belong to the greatest Fraternity that ever existed, YOU are a Pennsylvania Freemason! You are part of an organization that works to improve the moral values of society in a day and age when morals seem to be tossed out with the trash. The Fraternity is dedicated to making good men better through the principles of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. It uses the Volume of the Sacred Law as its Guide and Great Light. It uses the working tools of an operative mason to symbolize those principles we should strive to follow during our everyday life. It teaches us respect for Our Country, Our Fellow Man, and Ourselves. It gives us the opportunity to make ourselves better men, thereby improving the communities in which we live.
Brethren, this opportunity is only as good as the effort we put into it. I have heard many brethren complain about what they get out of the Fraternity, but I charge you to answer the following questions and then see if you are still complaining.
Do you attend your lodge, or any lodge, on a regular basis? When was the last time you sat in a lodge meeting? Did you participate in any part of the meeting or the social time afterward or were you just a grumpy old man whom no one wanted to be around?
I have said in the past and I continue to say, you will get out of the Fraternity ten times more than you put into it. However, remember that 0 times 10 is 0.
Brethren, I want each of you to think about what motivated you to become a Mason. Was it your family or maybe a friend? Was it an upstanding man in your church or business? What really attracted you and how did you find out about the Fraternity? My wife introduced me to the Fraternity. When we lived in Fredericksburg, Virginia, she took me to the Masonic museum and lodge where George Washington was made a mason. I was so impressed and awed by what I saw and experienced there that I just had to know more. I wanted to know what was so special about an organization that so many presidents and famous men were part of. My wife sent me to talk to my father-in-law and the rest is history.
I consider myself one of the lucky ones. If my wife had not insisted on visiting that lodge hall, I probably would not be in the Fraternity today. Think about where you would be today if no one was there to assist you and lead you on the path.
I have heard a great deal of talk about history and tradition being ignored or put on a shelf. But are you willing to do something about preserving those traditions and the history of the Fraternity? Our forefathers gave us a great organization, yet all we want to do is talk about what is wrong with it. I ask each of you to take time from your busy life for one hour this month and talk to someone about the Fraternity. I don't care if it's your wife, your neighbor, a brother, or even your dog. Talk about why you joined the Fraternity and what made it special for you. Renew your Masonic spirit. Recommit yourself to your lodge and the Fraternity. Those good men who have gone before us are counting on us to preserve the Fraternity. All I ask you to do is look inside yourself and make sure you are doing your part. Keep the faith and Keep Sharing the Light. See you in Lodge.
Ed. Note: Bro. Marty Migliori is a Past District Deputy Grand Master of the 15th Masonic District, retiring on December 27, 2004. His column Fireside Fraternity will be appearing regularly in the Pennsylvania Freemason. He is also a Past Master of Factoryville Lodge No. 341. Bro. Migliori is a graduate of the US Naval Academy, class of 1985. You may contact him via the internet at: firstname.lastname@example.org
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