November 2012 Regional Orient Membership Ambassador Message

posted May 26, 2015, 6:12 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 26, 2015, 6:12 PM ]
Our worthiness draws on practical living, as well as Masonic traditions, as we each endeavor daily to reach the goal of fulfilling our Masonic duties. Let us try to indoctrinate all those with whom we come in contact with courage, wisdom and gratitude for the blessings that we have been given, including the magnificent gift of life.
A healthy devotion and duty to stimulate present and future interest in our Order are important personal qualities, if we aspire to true Masonic virtue and morality. When we were kneeling at the Altar forming the angle of a square, our bodies erect with our left hand supporting our right hand resting upon the Holy Bible, we were taking a solemn vow, oath and obligation to support this great fraternity.
In Masonry the question of worthiness is not determined by the size and texture of a Masonic pin, but rather left to individual judgment.  This characteristic distinguishes Masonry from all other organizations. In every line of Masonic obligation and precept, worthiness makes its claim upon us. Let us everywhere stamp out the thought that we, as Masons, are bound to protect each other, right or wrong. Masonry inculcates "right doing", not wrongdoing.  While Masonry teaches charity for error, its tenets everywhere commend the right and set the seal of disapproval upon wrongdoing. In Masonry worthiness is the test of greatness.
There are no dogmas in Masonry. Its secrecy is confined to the means of communication. Masonic tenets are universally approved. What Masonry condemns, no man upholds. 
The essence of Masonry is character. Therefore, let us prove ourselves to be of worthy character by building membership in our beloved Scottish Rite through recruitment, retention and reinstatement. 

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