From the Wise Master (January 2020)

posted Jan 3, 2020, 2:01 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite

As this year comes to an end, it has been my honor and privilege to serve you as your Wise Master. I sincerely thank my Rose Croix officers Bro. Laurentiu Murgu 32⁰, Bro. Art Pasquinelli 32⁰, Hon. Martin Maxey 32⁰ KCCH and Bro. Timothy Lynch 32⁰ for their dedication to our craft, leadership and support to our Valley. I am also grateful to Bro. Art Pasquinelli 32⁰ for covering for me many times, acting as your Wise Master during my absences. Some of you may know that I have been living in Northern California, Redding area last 3 years. It has been a challenge to manage my travels down to the bay area and my everchanging work schedule. Thank to all my officers for stepping up and watching after our Chapter of Rose Croix. I wish all incoming officers congratulations and wish them a successful year for our Valley of San Jose.

Brother Edwin Markham was an American poet. He was born on April 23rd, 1852 in Oregon City, Oregon. Markham was a member of Acacia Lodge No. 92 of Coloma, California. Markham’s poem, called “Outwitted”:

He drew a circle that shut me out—
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win:
We drew a circle that took him in!

Another meaningful poem by brother Markham called “Brotherhood”:

THE crest and crowning of all good,
Life's final star, is brotherhood;
For it will bring again to Earth
Her long-lost Poesy and Mirth;
Will send new light on every face,
A kingly power upon the race.
And till it come, we men are slaves,
And travel downward to the dust of graves.
Come, clear the way, then, clear the way;
Blind creeds and kings have had their day;
Break the dead branches from the path;
Out Hope is in the aftermath--
Our hope is in heroic men
Star-led to build the world again.
Make way for brotherhood--make way for Man!