From the Secretaries Table (September, 2008)

posted May 5, 2015, 5:02 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 5, 2015, 5:03 PM ]
Reading Brother Benjamin Franklin again and came across a quotation worthy of sharing:
“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love.  He who seeks to draw wages in gold or silver will be disappointed.  The wages of a Mason are earned and paid in their dealings with one another:  sympathy that begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason.”
How prophetic, the knowledge and character of Brother Franklin and how universal the tenants of our craft.  Daily, I find myself examining the labors of Brother Masons and their earnings within our fraternity.  Think about it!  
If you want any “Masonic Treasures” you can certainly find them evident in their dealings with one another.  Conversely, you can also find Brothers who seek to draw wages in gold or silver.
We have, this month, experienced the calling of several Brothers, whom the Great Architect needed.  They all truly exemplified the purest exercise of Masonic Labor.  The passing of Brothers Bill Roberts, Richard Fulton, and Jim Hutson created a void in each of us that can only be re-filled by our own continuing commitment to our ancient Craft.  Soft and safe to each of you, my brethren because I know you are at my side as I prepare this message to your Brothers.
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And to close for the month:
'No arsenal, or no weapon in the arsenals of the world, is as formidable as the will and moral courage of free men and women.' Ronald Reagan

Robert D. Rowan, Jr. 
General Secretary