From the Venerable Master (October 2018)

posted Oct 11, 2018, 11:59 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite


The Lodge of Perfection recently hosted a great day in San Francisco.  We took a trip over to Alcatraz and toured the prison.  This was followed by a great lunch on Fisherman’s Wharf, and then some of the more adventurous took a ride on the Rocket Boat.  The weather was gorgeous and we had a wonderful day of fellowship.  Look for a photo of our group later in this newsletter.


Brethren, I want to adopt a somber tone for a moment.  We all know that this past couple of years has been a time of change.  It has been a time of turmoil for some, and new successes for others.  It has been a time of division and tumult.  In many ways, it appears that our nation is more divided than it has been in over a century.  You may have found yourself in sharp opposition to your brothers on a number of issues.


I ask you, my brethren, to remember that Masonry has room for all beliefs and all opinions.  I have, unfortunately, seen too many instances this past year or so, on social media and in person, where one brother has made disparaging remarks, and even worse, about those whose opinions differ from his.  Brothers have made generalized statements about large swaths of our population – which include their brothers.  I believe that this type of behavior is beneath us as Masons.  I ask that whatever the situation, you remember your many obligations throughout your Masonic life.  Remember the lessons we are taught, that Masonry unites men of every country, sect, and opinion.  This does not mean that you should relinquish your own opinions or passions, but that you respect the opinions of others, and not let a difference separate you from your brothers.  And never suffer your passions or your prejudices to the masters of your judgement. 


All of us have it within ourselves to be better people.  It should be a lifelong process of self-improvement.  The goal, as a Scottish Rite Mason is to become better, and then work to improve our craft, to strengthen our fraternity, to bring more Masons into the fold, to shed more light in Masonry, and to increase the fellowship for all concerned.  We should, each one us, strive to be remembered as someone who made a difference – but not for self-aggrandizement.  Do it to improve the craft, and to inspire others to do the same.  What will your legacy be?  What will you leave for the craft, and for those brothers who come after you?


I look forward to seeing you at our next Scottish Rite meeting and dinner.