From the Commander, Council of Kadosh (September, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:59 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 7:59 PM ]
This month, a number of us will be traveling to New Orleans, where, among other things, we will be visiting our brethren in the Valley of New Orleans Scottish Rite, and will be hosted at a social event by that Valley.  In addition, we will be visiting a Blue Lodge and attending a Scottish Rite First Degree, which will be a first for all of us.  The point here is that the Brethren in New Orleans are awaiting our visit, and are going far out of their way to welcome us.  It demonstrates the universality of our Fraternity – that one is made to feel a part of the family, where ever there are Masons to be found.  
Often times we talk about the importance of educating ourselves in the mysticism and symbolism of our order, and of obtaining further light in Masonry.  These are indeed important.  But sometimes we forget that the true secret to the Fraternity is that kinship – that true brotherhood which exists, which permeates everything we do.  It is that, for many of us, which from the outset of our Masonic experience, draws us in and keeps us coming back.  That is why our social times are so very important.  Those times are not mere indolence or time wasted.  Even for those Masons who are truly dedicated to furthering the knowledge and enlightenment of those around them, and who spend countless hours of study, there is still that fellowship, which like a beacon, draws them to be among those of like minds – or even those with significantly divergent opinions – but to those who are Masons all.  
So when we relish our social times, as we do at our Scottish Rite Stated Meetings, know that this is as important a part of the Masonic experience, as are all the countless meetings, the study of rituals, and the gaining of knowledge and wisdom.
I hope to see you all where friends and brothers meet to enjoy the company of one another – the San Jose Scottish Rite!

Randy Downey,  32° KCCH
Council of Kadosh