From the Secretaries Table (December, 2008)

posted May 13, 2015, 3:36 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 13, 2015, 3:37 PM ]

Brethren,

How very quickly the lapse of time makes itself known to each of us.  I could have sworn that yesterday was the first day of 2008.  
We are soon to be finished with all our efforts in 2008 and will embark upon the travels expected of us as we travel “through this veil of tears.”
Here at San Jose Scottish Rite, we have successfully completed nearly all tasks assigned us for this year and are looking forward to our next journey.  
Most of you are aware that we lost another valued member to the Great Architect in November.  We will all miss Bro. Larry Pedersen and extend our sympathies to his family and friends.
Many times I have spoken about my love of reading and I came across an article in the Southern California Research Lodge October publication that I should like to share with you.  You may find it valuable for your personal responses about Masonry.
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MASONRY IN PLAIN LANGUAGE
Doug Price, PM, Grand Lodge of Kansas, had this to say about Masonic Language:
“I love the Craft, and one thing I particularly treasure is the language of the ritual, the lectures and the charges.  It is rich, literate English such as one rarely encounters today.  However, one area where I think we need to modernize our language is when we talk about Masonry to others, especially men considering joining.  Too often I have seen Masons unable to explain in plain language what it is we believe in.”
He proposes 18 principles in modern English:
Serve God as you understand him to be.
Expect good things in life and live like you do.
Be generous to people in need.
Keep your promises.
Be industrious, and improve your mind.
Remember that there is a life to come, and act with that in mind.
Take care of your family.
Be tolerant of the honest opinions of others.
Keep yourself morally clean.
Help your Brother Masons
Learn the ritual work and be active in Lodge.
Protect your own physical and mental health.
Be strong in the face of adversity.
Make your decisions in a calm frame of mind.
Always treat other people fairly.
Be proud to be a Mason, but modest in expressing it.
Watch for good men seeking what Masonry offers, and assist them within the rule.
Be happy and enjoy life.
[Beacon, publication of the Grand Lodge of Ohio, September/October 2008]
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If you are not a member of the Southern California Research Lodge, you should consider becoming one.  Their monthly messages are a source of much education and enjoyment.
In closing for this month, the entire staff at San Jose Scottish Rite, wishes the very best for each of you and your families for the Holiday Season.  Enjoy!

Robert D. Rowan, Jr. 
General Secretary