January 2014 Regional Orient Membership Chairman’s Message

posted May 30, 2015, 4:17 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 30, 2015, 4:17 PM ]
The degrees of the Scottish Rite Consistory require each of us to take a hard look at our own characters 
in order to assess our strengths and weaknesses. However, such self-examination should not cease with the conferral of the 31st and 32nd degrees, but rather continue as a lifelong ambition. The objective to "Know thyself" requires continuous self-examination and reflection. 
The central idea expressed by the 31st degree is that he who is most free and most empowered must be truly the servant of all. The lives of great men - and great Masons - teach that each one of us can and must make a difference in this world. Therefore, we are encouraged to make our lives useful in the service of our fellow human beings.
While the 32nd degree is the end of the quest in the context of Scottish Rite instruction, conferral of Master of the Royal Secret in no way relieves us of our responsibility to strive for improvement in all areas exemplified by the degrees of both Freemasonry and Scottish Rite. We must serve mankind by practicing and serving the principles of truth, honor, charity and love, among others. By doing so, we find and maintain our own personal balance and are, therefore, better able to help our fellow men. 

Wishing you and yours a happy, healthy and reflective 2014,
Durward C. Ayre 33˚