From the Venerable Master (July, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 7:05 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 7:05 PM ]

Brethren,

Happy July the Fourth and God Bless America! 
Eternal spirit, accept our grateful thanksgiving for the heritage that is ours in this green and pleasant land; for all those who have been our benefactors and the guardians of our spirits, and for those whose hopes and dreams have come to fruition in our security and our peace. Give us a diligence that will be worthy of them; a renewal of faith and those eternal values for which they wrought, and an undiminished confidence in the final liberation of all those whose enslavement to error is the challenge to our faith, faith in Truth, that incarnate in the Son of God, will yet overcome the world. 
They helped everyone his neighbor; and everyone said to his brother "Be of good courage". Isaiah 41:6 
A brother is said to be a good Mason who has studied and knows himself, and has learnt and practiced that first and great lesson of subduing his passion to his will and tries to the utmost of his power to free himself from all the vices, errors and imperfections; not only those that proceed from the heart, but likewise all other defects of the understanding which are caused by custom, opinion, prejudice or superstition. He who asserts the native freedom of his mind and stands fast in the liberty that makes him free. 
Enjoy great freedom in your daily life, which you protect by using it wisely.
See you in Lodge for good and wholesome fellowship. 
For the day: "We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path which has led to the present."    

Fraternally, 
Joseph DaSilva, 32°  KCCH
Venerable Master