January 2013 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 26, 2015, 6:56 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 6:56 PM ]
As we become Masons and study the degrees, aligning our values with actions and ethics becomes easier. The idea of organization is, in fact, connected with the order that prevails overall. This characteristic is true of societies and also found in nature: the more perfect the organization, the greater the harmony, the more honorable in conduct, the more respectful of the rights of the members, the more honest and dutiful in word and deed. It makes no difference how discordant the elements of which a society is composed may be: if there is perfect organization, entire harmony exists therein. This concept is beautifully illustrated in Masonry. Within our lodges may be found men of every shade of opinion. Yet, notwithstanding those differences, tranquility and peace abound because our passions are ruled by reason.
There is a reciprocity of brotherly kindness, uplifting inspiration and devotion to the Order in the hearts of those who are true Masons that time cannot obliterate, nor circumstances change. We share a true sense of hope for our future in the knowledge that cooperatively we can prosper and grow.
Working together as Masons, we can bequeath to future generations the courage and strength to check those negative passions of strife, envy and hatred that can crush all the ennobling qualities of men and replace them with feelings of brotherly love and affection. Masonry is an institution founded by men, upon those divine principles that underlie all that is truly noble and good in humanity. Masonry's object is to educate and develop men to the fullest extent in all those faculties of human nature that tend to harmonize the human family.
Masonry's teachings are pure and benevolent, designed to fill the soul of the initiate with higher conceptions of those duties which every man owes to himself, to his fellow men and to his God. 
Cooperatively Craft Brothers, Scottish Rite Masons and Nobles of the Shrine can prosper and grow by practicing the principles of faith, decency, harmony and unity as well as by acting upon the teachings of brotherly love. From the time when he first crosses the threshold of the Masonic temple, through all the forms and ceremonies of the degrees and as long as he continues to worship at the Masonic altar, a Master Mason is constantly reminded to practice brotherly love, relief and truth as his duty. He is taught that the unity and harmony that pervades the universe should form conspicuous elements in the human character. How beautiful and sublime when it falls upon our ears the exhortation to "Behold how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity."
There are many exceptionally worthy and well-qualified young men who would benefit from the blessings and rich rewards of becoming a Mason. From their ranks will come the future leaders of our great and ancient Fraternity. It is incumbent upon us to reach out to them.

God Bless you all,
Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH / MC
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose, Fresno and San Francisco in California