From the Personal Representative (September, 2009)

posted May 16, 2015, 5:36 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 16, 2015, 5:37 PM ]

Brethren and Friends

This is the last of that mini-series of messages I refer to as “The Four T’s of Freemasonry.” As many of our readers have undoubtedly guessed, the subject for this message, the last of the series, is TRUST.
Like “Tolerance,” the third characteristic of a Mason, Trust is not written down in any of our rituals, and I’m at a loss to ascribe a particular emblem to this personality trait, unless it is the ‘Sword Pointing to a Naked Heart’, reminding us that our Maker will eventually call us to answer for even the slightest wrong done to a brother or fellow human being. Even so, our ability and, yes, our inclination to trust our brothers, is certainly an integral part of our craft, and one that we daily use among ourselves. When I think of the things I like most about my brethren Trust is always at the top of the list.
I was recently discussing Masonry with a young man who had shown some interest in joining and in our conversation he asked what it was about Masonry that stood out in my mind as making Masons different from other men.  I unhesitatingly noted that my ability to trust another Mason with any secret, any commitment, or even my life, was first and foremost in my mind the thing I felt was most important.
When I was in business (if you would agree with me that the work of a law enforcement officer is ‘business’) I had very little problem placing my trust in other police professionals, but when I encountered one who was also a Mason, as was my Undersheriff, and several of my other co-workers, I knew I could place my confidence in them without reservation. This is not always the case with some of the people you encounter along the road of life, and it certainly gives one a feeling of comfort and security to be assured of the kind of support we get from each other as Masons. Our obligations in the various degrees all reinforce the concept that mutual trust is not only a privilege of membership, but is also an expectation.
Does this mean that whenever we give another Mason a job to do he will perform with ultimate skill, assiduity and speed? No, not necessarily. We are all human, and as such are fallible, but it does mean that he will give your request his best effort within his ability to perform. The flip side of this issue is, my brethren, that it is our own especial duty to perform each day to the best of our abilities so that we may be worthy of the trust inherent in our obligations to our craft, our brothers, and ourselves.
That is the beauty of Trust. It runs both ways. It is natural to place our trust in our brothers, but we must also be ever vigilant to be deserving of his trust and never, never give him cause to feel otherwise toward us.
Added note:
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Bob Winter - Personal representative of the Deputy of the Supreme Council in California

The Rite Word - September 2009, Volume 3, Issue 9