Regional Orient Membership Ambassador’s Message (January, 2012)

posted May 23, 2015, 2:54 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 2:54 PM ]
The quality of our deeds is independent of the applause to which they may be entitled.  He who performs them for their own sake invests his character with a halo of beauty.  There are many other jewels and other robes, surpassing in ornamental splendor the most beautiful and gorgeous of regalia, with which the true Mason should be adorned.  They include contentment, peace, gratitude and a sunny cheerfulness. 
Manifold are the blessings we have in return for overcoming our evils and trials.  He who has attained the Corinthian stage of Masonic progress, who is not only strong and wise, but also beautiful, has entered into the spirit of such sentiments as these: to watch the corn grow, or the blossoms set; to draw hard breath over the plough share or spade; to read; to think; to love; to pray.  "These”, says Ruskin, “are the things that make men happy."
  The graces of brotherly love, relief, charity and truth are among the many virtues of Masonry.  Benevolence, sweet charity, who can do justice to thy beauty?  It is the purest gem in the crown of Masonry to dry the widow's tears, reverently bury her dead and generously shield her children from want; to aid a distressed brother and lighten the burden of his declining years.  These are the sacred privileges of our Craftsmen.  
Let us strive, dear brethren, to increase our numbers by bringing the worthy and well-qualified into one of the greatest Fraternities the world has to offer.

Durward C. Ayre
Regional Orient Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose and Fresno in California