From the Venerable Master (October 2017)

posted Oct 6, 2017, 11:23 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite

My Brothers.

In the second degree we mention that Masonry is a progressive science taught by degrees only.  That statement, in essence, states that we are a philosophical society.  When I look at our degrees I would also have to say that we are a theosophical and spiritual society. 

     I have combed through the rituals and monitors used in 1907 and find that we have been neglecting or deleting bits and pieces in the opening and closing that remind us of our spiritual reason for existence.

     In the Taylor Hamilton Monitor of Symbolic Masonry There is a Masters Charge in closing that is still, to some degree,  used in Cryptic Masonry today but no longer in the Blue Lodge:

     “Brethren You are now about to quit this sacred retreat of friendship and virtue, to mix again with the world.  Amidst its concerns and employments, forget not the duties you have heard so frequently inculcated and forcibly recommended in this Lodge.  Be diligent, prudent, temperate, discreet.  Remember that around this alter you have promised to befriend and relieve every bother who shall need your assistance.  Remember that you have promised to remind him, in the most tender manner, of his failings, and aid his reformation.  Vindicate his character when wrongfully traduced.  Suggest in his behalf the most candid and favorable circumstances.  Is he justly reprehended?  Let the world observe how Masons love one another.  The generous principles are to extend further; every human being has a claim upon your kind offices.  “Do good unto all”.  Remember it more especially to the household of the FAITHFUL.  Finally, brethren, be ye all of one mind; live in peace, and the God of love and peace delight to dwell with and bless you.  Amen”

     Notice that our gathering is a sacred retreat; and when we leave that place we mix again with theworld.  When we come to lodge we are to leave the world behind and bring none of it into the lodge.  I can clearly see that we are failing to convey tour true reason for existence to candidates:  We are the keepers of a holy place.

     I have to ask myself, and now you:  Have we forgotten to meditate upon our own philosophy; thereby becoming unable to transmit it to candidates?  Have we come to a place where we have forgotten our spiritual reason for existence thereby forfeiting our future existence?

Martin Maxey

Venerable Master