From the Venerable Master (October, 2014)

posted May 30, 2015, 8:08 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 8:08 PM ]

Brethren,

In a recent meeting which I was privileged to attend, our Most Worshipful Grand Master and Illustrious John L. Cooper III presented a paper on Masonic morals. His eloquent presentations always leave me with something to ponder, in that search for a greater meaning of life and becoming a better man. Although the following is different, it shares the same fundamentals and that is: Every Freemason is earnestly exhorted to study himself. He who does not know himself, his moral weakness, his desires, his powers of toleration, and his real, not his imaginary spiritual strength, cannot live as the Order requires that he ought to live in the bonds of the closest fraternal love with the whole brotherhood. If an office is entrusted to him in the lodge he cannot know whether he is capable of filling it with credit to himself and profit to the craft.
 It is quite as necessary that a Freemason should be as well acquainted with his moral strength, as he is with his moral weakness, for many Masons are inactive in the lodge and in the craft, merely because they do not know the power which is within them. He who has thoroughly studied himself and is susceptible of all good impressions will be subject to much less evil than others. Bear in mind, my brothers, that Masonry is one of the most sublime and perfect institutions that was ever formed for the advancement of happiness and general good of mankind; creating in all its varieties universal benevolence and brotherly love. It holds out allurements so captivating as to inspire the brotherhood with emulation to deeds of glory, such as must command throughout the world, veneration and applause and such as must entitle those who perform them to dignity and respect. It teaches us those useful, wise, and instructive doctrines upon which alone true happiness is founded; and at the same time affords those easy paths by which we attain the rewards of virtue. It also teaches us the duties which we owe to our neighbor - never to injure him in any one situation but to conduct ourselves with justice and impartiality. It bids us not to divulge the mystery to the public, and it orders us to be true to our trust and above all meanness and dissimulation and in all of our vocations to perform religiously that which we ought to do.
For the day; there is only one corner of the universe you can be certain of improving, and that is your own self. “Patience is the companion of wisdom.”   

Joseph DaSilva, 32°  KCCH
Venerable Master