From the Wise Master (August 2017)

posted Aug 2, 2017, 10:46 AM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated Aug 2, 2017, 10:46 AM ]

I am sure that all of you, who attended the Grand Master Reception on July 11th, are in agreement with me that the Reception was something to remember for a long time.  MW John Heisner regaled us with a memorable presentation, a real inspirational speech about us as a fraternity.  Sharing with us his thoughts and observations from his work and travel was absolutely special!  As I said, something to remember!

Now, that the summer time is upon us, and the vacation season is in full swing, allow me to share with you some quotes from great masons from the past.

Wherever you are enjoying your summer break, having a Mai-Tai in Hawaii or a Guinness in Dublin, I think that those quotes will be a good food for thought.

“Freemasonry is an institution founded on eternal reason and truth; whose deep basis is the civilization of mankind, and whose everlasting glory it is to have the immovable support of those two mighty pillars, science and morality” George Washington.

“The secret of Masonry, like the secret of life, can be known only by those who seek it, serve it, and live it.  It cannot be uttered; it can only be felt and acted.  It is, in fact, an open secret, and each man knows it according to his quest and capacity.  Like all things worth knowing, no one can know it for another and no man can know it alone.” William Howard Taft.

“Freemasonry is a moral order, instituted by virtuous men, with the praiseworthy design of recalling to our remembrance the most sublime truths, in the midst of the most innocent and social pleasures, founded on liberality, brotherly love and charity.” Andrew Jackson.

“We Masons are among the fortunate ones who are taught to meet together with others opposing convictions or competitive ideas and yet respect each other as Brothers.” Albert Pike.

“Freemasonry embraces the highest moral laws and will bear the test of any system of ethics or philosophy ever promulgated for the uplift of man.” Douglas MacArthur.

“I ask of each Mason, of each member, of each brother, that he shall remember ever that there is upon him a peculiar obligation to show himself in every respect a good citizen; for after all, the way he can best do his duty by the ancient order to which he belongs is by reflecting credit upon that order by way in which he performs his duty as a citizen of the United States.” Theodore Roosevelt.

“Masonic labor is purely a labor of love.  He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed.  The wages of a Mason are in the dealings with one another; sympathy begets sympathy, kindness begets kindness, helpfulness begets helpfulness, and these are the wages of a Mason. Benjamin Franklin.

“Freemasonry is 'veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols' because these are the surest way by which moral and ethical truths may be taught. It is not only with the brain and with the mind that the initiate must take Freemasonry but also with the heart.” Carl Claudy.

“It is noble in its administration: to think and let think, beyond the narrow contracted prejudices of bitter sectarians in these modern times. It is general or universal language, fitted to benefit the poor stranger, which no other institution is calculated to reach, by extending the beneficent hand.” Harry Truman.

“So important, indeed, is it (The Light), and so much does it pervade with its influence the whole Masonic system, that Freemasonry itself anciently received, among other appellations, that of Lux, or Light, to signify that it is to be regarded as that sublime doctrine of Divine Truth by which the path of him who has attained it is to be illuminated in his pilgrimage of life.” Albert Mackey.

“Freemasonry is founded on the immutable laws of Truth and Justice and its grand object is to promote the happiness of the human race.” George Washington.

Ion Vasilescu

Wise Master