April 2012 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 23, 2015, 4:58 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 4:58 PM ]
Our broad system of ethics comes from the Masonic heart of goodness, forgiveness and kindness.  It is the science of humanity that we teach.  In the moral world, we have been sometimes taught that, upon this earth, sin is cursed; misery is the normal condition; he who gets any honey out of this life, steals it; the greater happiness of this life arises from disobedience and, if one has a troubled conscious and sleepless nights by reason of some great wrong he has done to his fellow man, repentance is to be found in tears and prayers, rather than restitution.  By contrast Masonic ethics teach us to believe, not only in prayer and repentance, but also to regard restitution as the best evidence of repentance. 
Our ethical degrees direct us to intensify friendships and brotherhood between men by quieting disagreements and constantly working towards the betterment of all.  We must bring happiness and generate good will in the lives of all with whom we come into contact.  We should induce the estranged to become amicable, teaching that living the power of laughter, brotherly love, relief and truth is to live a heavenly Masonic life.  Making people smile and laugh is consistent with the gratitude, joy and cheer we receive in learning about and practicing our degrees. 
It is among the many responsibilities of those with a Masonic heart to produce growth by recruiting the worthy and well-qualified to become Masters of the Royal Secret.  The magnificent passkey we offer to these candidates is the opportunity to know and understand the great central thought that inspired the universe, Man!
Remember to go out to your Masonic Lodges and bring new members to our Scottish Rite.

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose and Fresno