From the Venerable Master (July 2020)

posted Jul 7, 2020, 1:44 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite


I hope you all and your families are well.

July gives us Independence Day. A day that changed history and created this country. It influenced other countries. It changed the mind of people to understand that systems, specifically those that deprive the people from the fundamentals to survive, or that are despotism and tyranny can be changed.

Freemasons have been involved in this. The Boston Tea Party, General and later President George Washington, Paul Revere, Marquis de Lafayette and other Brethren played a major role in forming this country into a democracy. They did so as individuals. Other Freemasons that actively participated in and were driving revolutions include Simon Bolivar in South America and Mirabeau in France.

Rulers that care about the people have been Freemasons. Examples are the Royal Family of the United Kingdom, the Swedish Kings that have been Grandmasters of the Swedish Rite since its founding, and King Frederic the Great of Prussia who per Masonic tradition approved the Grand Constitutions of 1876 that are the basis of our Constitution of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction.

As Freemasons we are asked to support the local government. We are also asked to support Freedom, and practice Charity. A fine line, but it comes down to recognize and address despotism and tyranny, and change systems that deprive the people from necessary sustenance.

In my opinion it is about balance, equilibrium. A system that abuses its power ultimately will fail, and I would hope that in future Freemasons will not end up on the sidelines, but as individuals will continue to help to correct removal of Freedom, and support the society and needing individuals with Charity.

For further information on this topic, as a starting point: List_of_monarchs_who_were_Freemasons

We will miss our parades, with all the gathering before, during and after. I hope you all will have an opportunity though to gather electronically with your family and friends.


Happy Independence Day,