From the Venerable Master (December 2018)

posted Dec 29, 2018, 11:15 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite



The holidays are upon us.  For most people, the holidays are a time of joy and celebration.  For many, however, this can be a time of stress, of concern, and even loneliness.  We often tend to overindulge at this time of year.  We eat too much, perhaps drink too much.  We even shop too much.  These can increase our stress levels, and make us prone to illness, and physical exhaustion.


You have to remember to take care of yourself.  Take some time to decompress, relax, and give yourself some space to breathe.  But at the same time, we need to think about others.  Keep an eye out for your Brothers, friends, family, and even strangers, who appear to be in need, are overly worried, or might otherwise be in distress.  You know that when someone is hurting, sometimes a smile is all it takes, or a handshake and a word of greeting, to make things a little better.  Be a resource for them.  Be an ear to hear their stories, a shoulder to lean on, and a pair arms to hug them.  Perhaps the need is more profound, and you may need to give more of your time or resources.  Be careful not to give too much of yourself, else you find yourself in distress.  But be there for those in need – be it a physical, mental, or spiritual need. 



This is a time, too, to remember our Masonic charities, to the extent you can.  Our Scottish Rite has many ways to show your charity.  Donate for the benefit of our Language Disorder Clinic, or help us in rebuilding our Temple.  And of course, there are so many worthwhile causes throughout the family of Freemasonry.  None of us can fully support them all, but do what you can. 


I wanted to give you a heads up that at our January Stated Meeting, the Lodge of Perfection will host Scottish Heritage Night.  If you own Highland apparel, we encourage you to wear it proudly at that meeting.  We will have a celebration of all things Scottish, so come out and join us for this fun event.


As this Scottish Rite year comes to an end, the incoming presiding officers of the bodies will be looking to host more interesting and fun events next year.  We would like your input, in order to create and execute events that our members would like to see.  Please let know if you’d like us to put something special on for you.


I look forward to seeing you around throughout the coming months.