From the Wise Master (July, 2013)

posted May 27, 2015, 2:13 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 27, 2015, 2:13 PM ]
With July comes the celebration of our Independence…the legal separation of our 13 colonies from Great Britain.  And the result was the formation of an amazing nation, which led to a new form of government, similar to and different from any other.  Of the committee set up to draft the Declaration of Independence, two were certainly Freemasons.  Although there’s no evidence to my knowledge that Thomas Jefferson, who actually wrote the declaration, was a Freemason, there’s a great deal of “circumstantial evidence” that points to his at least having Masonic connections.  Benjamin Franklin, made several small draft hanges in the copy sent to him by Jefferson, and was certainly a well know Freemason.  Brother Franklin served as Grand Master of the province of Pennsylvania in 1749.  Robert Livingston is the other member of the committee who was a Freemason and went on to become the Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of New York in 1785.
Over the years, times have changed, values have changed, and moral values have corroded.  As Scottish Rite Masons, by living the values that we teach, we can demonstrate by example how men should live…how men should be.  It helps when we continually come together to reinforce the lessons and to be with “like minded” individuals that live to a higher standard.  
So please get in the habit of attending Scottish Rite.
If there are any of you that are showing up and feel as though you’re sitting on the sidelines but would like to be more involved, let me know.  There’s a multitude of simple but important tasks that we can use help with.  (Okay…and there’s some not-so-simple too but I don’t want to scare you off.  J)  So if you’re willing, please give me a call.  We can use your individual talents and gifts.  I know most of you have heard of Confucius and have heard so many of his wise sayings, but one of the things he said that’s appropriate for how we’re living and what we’re doing is, “It is true that we shall not be able to reach perfection, but in our struggle toward it we shall strengthen our characters and give stability to our ideas, so that, whilst ever advancing calmly in the same direction, we shall be rendered capable of applying the faculties with which we have been gifted to the best possible account.”  So come, strengthen your character and join us in giving stability to our ideals for the benefit of our Chapter in general and the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite in particular.  We’ll all gain from it.
It’s busy, a lot has been happening, a lot of people are helping, and good things are taking place.  But I realize that occasionally we could still miss something or let something fall through the cracks.  If you think this is the case, please don’t hesitate to call it to my attention.  This is your Chapter and you certainly have a voice in what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.  I look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.

Bud Ramsey
Wise Master