From the Venerable Master (December, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:38 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:39 PM ]
Anno Lucis; In the Year of the Light 

Brethren, 

The end of any year always makes me wonder; how did the year fly by so quickly? What was really accomplished? What happened to all those good intentions? Perhaps you have the same feelings and wish to hold onto or recapture, some of the time that is slipping quickly away.
Certainly December is a busy month for everyone with the joyous celebrations of Holy Events such as Christmas; the giving and receiving of gifts, the parties and gatherings, the time for family to come together. Masonically, it is busy with installations and Social Events. Little time to sit, reflect and consider all that has occurred. The clock keeps on ticking toward the next year. 
In Scottish Rite the ending of the year means the new Officers are gathering details of the previous months for the Annual Report and the Fiduciary Report. What activities and events did the Valley actually have and how the finances and other matters were handled. 
Please join me in congratulating these men and wish them well in the coming year.
My brothers - this being my last Rite Word; I never wished to impose upon you anything outside our fundamental structure. Understanding that all Faiths and traditions incorporate ideals of justice and mercy, we as representatives of our faith are drawn to both ideals. We crave the order and sanity that the ideal of justice brings. Those who harm others should be punished. Those who have been harmed should receive reparation.  Even more we crave the redemption that the ideal of mercy brings; we may not be perfect, we may make mistakes, but we should be given the opportunity to do better. 
Now it is time to reflect with an eye made quiet by the power of harmony, and the deep power of joy, we see into the life of things. We are constantly searching for knowledge for the answers to questions about the world we live in and the universe beyond. We wonder through library pages, through thick texts spend hours at the computer, conduct painstaking research, and consult with experts. Sometimes in our search for knowledge we also need to allow ourselves time for simple quiet reflection. The answers that come to us in these moments may not be scientific, but they may help satisfy our deep longing to better understand the meaning of our lives. I will give myself time to reflect on my life. No directions no 'musts' no authorities - just quiet and thought. 
To my Christian Brothers, Merry Christmas; To my Jewish Brothers, Happy Hanukkah; and to all my Brothers a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year, and of course Thank you for the support given me through the year and for continuing to be an active involved Scottish Rite Freemason. For the days: I declare his works with a joyful cry and rejoice when he leads my brethren to their desired harbor. FAREWELL.

Joseph DaSilva, 32°  KCCH
Venerable Master