From the Venerable Master (November, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:22 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:22 PM ]

My Brethren

Offer Thanksgiving to God and pay your vows to the Most High. Remember the one who offers Thanksgiving glorifies Him.
As Psalms 51:16 says; "He does not find delight in whole burnt offerings; the sacrifices pleasing to God are a broken spirit and a heart broken. 
O God you will not reject. In your good will do what is good for our brethren".
Our blessings are much higher than we think, with the new year around the corner; Let us cultivate a positive attitude. Let us model the power of positive thinking by keeping a can do attitude even when life throws you a curve.
Negativity is contagious, but so is being positive. A thankful heart no matter what the circumstances, helps breed an attitude of hope and contentment in young people.
Never stop learning. A love of learning on your part can foster the same outlook in our children.
Don't just let them know you believe education is important-show them how you are continuing to learn.
Don't play the victim when you make a mistake admit it and work on correcting it. Don't blame your problems on external factors or other people.
Show kindness and respect, kids notice how we treat other people. Go out of your way to model respectful and helpful behavior to all people. The golden rule-treat others as you would want to be treated--deserves our attention, and is a simple way of dramatically improve our world.
Let our youth know of its power. Show up. Our youngsters want nothing more than to know that the elders can be counted on; don't make a promise if there's even a chance in a million that you won't be able to keep it. Live with integrity; hold yourself to a high standard and live accordingly, make sure your everyday actions are honest, fair and compassionate.
Serve others, put others ahead of yourself by regularly contributing to society in an active way.
Make sure the kids know why a particular cause is important to you, and how it makes you feel to help others.Explain how our Creator wants us to make this practice preeminent and intentionally seek out the lost and the hurting; let our youngsters know that this is the starting point of justice.
My brothers let's match our words with deeds. Please allow me to give my heartfelt Thanksgiving to San Benito Lodge and Masonry in general, for assisting our youth in reaching a higher education, and remind them how much beauty and wonder there is in the universe. 
Happy Thanksgiving to all. 
For the day: It is always in season for old men to learn; I want to be a permanent student because it keeps me engaged with life. " It is not by spectacular achievements that man can be transformed, but by will."

Joseph DaSilva, 32°  KCCH
Venerable Master