A bit of a background…
FREEMASONRY is first and foremost a fraternity. It is also ‘A Way of Life.’ The brotherhood of man under the fatherhood of God is primary. This means that its activities should always be designed to promote friendship, morality and brotherly love. Freemasonry is a unique institution that has been a major part of community life in America for over two hundred and fifty (250) years. It is America ‘s largest and oldest fraternity, and one that continues to be an important part of many men’s personal lives and growth. Although Freemasonry is not a religion, its emphasis on the Fatherhood of God ensures that the Brotherhood of Man follows naturally. This coupled with the obligation to abide by the Golden Rule, particularly with a fellow Mason, makes for one of the strongest bonds of society. When you meet another Mason, the odds that he will treat you as you would like to be treated are very high indeed.
Who are Masons?
Freemasons come from all walks of life. From the rich and famous to the poor and obscure. Masons are men who have joined together to improve themselves. The latter is accomplished through the principles and ceremonies of the fraternity and the application of those in their homes, in their work, and in their communities. They endeavor to extend Masonic lessons into their daily lives in order to become positive influences in their homes, communities, nation, and throughout the world. They base their efforts on morality, justice, charity, truth and the laws of God. Worldwide, membership encompasses millions of men who believe and support the same fundamental principles.
What Is A Mason?
(One man answered as follows)
- A Mason is a man who professes a faith in God. As a man of faith, he uses the tools of moral and ethical truths to serve mankind.
- A Mason binds himself to like-minded men in a Brotherhood that transcends all religious, ethnic, social, cultural, and educational differences.
- In fellowship with his Brothers, a Mason finds ways in which to serve his God, his family, his fellowman and his country.
- A Mason is dedicated. He recognizes his responsibility for justice, truth, charity, enlightenment, freedom and liberty, honesty and integrity in all aspects of human endeavor.
- A Mason is such a man.
What is Freemasonry to you?
(A Minnesota Mason answered this as summarized below)
If a non-Mason were to ask you, ‘What is Masonry?’ how would you answer? To me, Masonry is the following:
- In the lodge room, Speculative Masonry is information and inspiration
- In the home, Masonry is kindness and fidelity.
- In business relationships, Masonry is honesty and veracity.
- In my daily work, Masonry is thoroughness and dependability.
- In social contacts, Masonry is moderation and self-control.
- Toward the fortunate, Masonry is congratulations and best wishes.
- Toward the weak, Masonry is compassion and assistance.
- Toward wickedness, Masonry is rebuke and resistance.
- Toward the penitent, Masonry is forgiveness and another chance.
- Finally, toward God, Masonry is reverence, love and obedience.
Thanks to the Grand Lodge of Michigan and the Right Worshipful Grand Secretary Robert W. Stevens, PGM, for making the above commentary available to Boulder Lodge #45 for use in this site. It is only through the fraternal spirit that such projects are made possible. Thanks again.