From the Master of Kadosh (August, 2015)

posted Aug 4, 2015, 4:56 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 4:56 PM ]

Greetings everyone!

It’s hard to believe I’m already writing my August article. This year is flashing by...and what a pleasure it is to serve this Consistory.  Thanks to all of you for your support.  I want to call your attention to an event we have coming up on September 12th, at 6:00 PM at Scottish Rite. It’s a MURDER MYSTERY DINNER.  This is a ‘50’s theme so feel free to come in costume. There’ll be an award for best costume.  Tickets are only $25.00 but must be purchased in advance.  No tickets will be sold at the door.  This is a great event and I hope to see all of you there! Contact the Secretary’s Office for reservations!
For a bit of “August” Masonic history/trivia, on August 4th, 1753, President-to-be George Washington was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia.  On August 21st, 1993, the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania and thousands of Freemasons dedicated the “Friend to Friend” Masonic Monument in the cemetery in Gettysburg, commemorating acts of kindness between Freemasons who fought on opposite sides in the American Civil War. On August 27th, 1920, President-to-be Warren G. Harding was raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason in Marion Lodge No. 70 in Ohio. Also in the month of August some Grand Lodges came into being: the Grand Lodge of Oregon in 1851; the Grand Lodge of Colorado in 1861; the Grand Lodge of New Mexico in 1867.  On August 14th, 1826, William Morgan obtained a copyright for Illustrations of Masonry, By One of the Fraternity Who Has Devoted Thirty Years to the Subject, a book that publicly exposed the secrets of Masonic ritual.  Although many similar books had been published before, this caused great deal of excitement, and it led to the "Morgan affair" and the Anti-masonic Party of the 1820’s and 1830’s. Obviously there are other Masonic events of note that have happened in August.  Hopefully, you find these that I just mentioned to be of interest.
I came across a writing some time back that made me think of the kinds of lessons we attain from our Scottish Rite teachings and I’d like to share it with you:

Warrior Of The Light
Paulo Coelho
Every Warrior of the Light has felt afraid of going into battle.
Every Warrior of the Light has, at some time in the past, lied or betrayed someone.
Every Warrior of the Light has trodden a path that was not his.
Every Warrior of the Light has suffered for the most trivial of reasons.
Every Warrior of the Light has, at least once, believed he was not a Warrior of the Light.
Every Warrior of the Light has failed in his spiritual duties.
Every Warrior of the Light has said 'yes' when he wanted to say 'no.'
Every Warrior of the Light has hurt someone he loved.
That is why he is a Warrior of the Light; because he has been through all this and yet has never lost hope of being better than he is.

Brother Benjamin Franklin once said, “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each new year find you a better man.”  See you on Tuesday night!

Bud Ramsey
Master of Kadosh