From the Venerable Master (June, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 6:53 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 6:53 PM ]
What is there in Freemasonry except the landmarks, and peculiar secrets, that we ought to be anxious to conceal? 
 Are our doctrines unfavorable to the interest of morality that we are desirous of hiding them from the public observation. Are our ceremonies repulsive to virtue, or our practices subversive to the rules and decencies of society? Nothing like it. We boast of our benevolent institution; we extol our brotherly love; we celebrate our regard for the cardinal and the three theological virtues. Why place our light under a bushel? Why refuse to let it shine before man, that they may see our good works have the tendency to the glory of our Father which is in heaven. The legitimate prayers of Freemasonry are short addresses to the Great Architect of the Universe for a blessing on our labors. Now who is this Divine Being whom we thus invoke? Why, according to the interpretation of our ancient brethren " Him that was carried to the top of the pinnacle of the Holy Temple.". Nor is Freemasonry singular in this interpretation. Saint Paul says " He laid the foundation of the earth and the heavens are the work of his hands." Or, in other words, that he is the Great Architect of the Universe. We have a sure foundation on which to build our happiness in the world to come. 
 We didn't just arrive at this point in our lives; we have a history, what brought us to this place? What things did we do along the way that turned out to be mistakes and what things turned out to be wise? Before we make plans for where we want to go next, its good to look back at the journey that we've already taken. We don't have to repeat the same mistakes. Instead, we can use the best ideas we've had in the past to map our way into the future. "We can chart our future clearly and wisely only when we know the path that has lead us to the present." 

Joseph DaSilva, 32°  KCCH
Venerable Master