Regional Orient Membership Ambassador’s Message (September, 2011)

posted May 23, 2015, 1:01 PM by San Jose Scottish Rite   [ updated May 23, 2015, 1:01 PM ]
I know it is said, that “No good deed goes unpunished” because good deeds can and do backfire.  However, we Scottish Rite Masons say that to be a good man and true in Masonry are the chief good.  In fact, Masonry recognizes enough of the ruins of a natural goodness upon which to build a noble superstructure.  She finds this remnant, this germ of immortality, in the longing of the human heart for a higher and nobler existence.  Leaving the speculative question of mankind’s depravity to the philosophers, Scottish Rite Freemasonry recognizes the fact that: 
"There is an unseen battlefield
In every human breast,
Where two opposing forces meet,
But where they seldom rest."
It is this innate desire to be good that involves virtue in a continual warfare with vice.  There is no position of rest, except in the cowardly surrender of all that is manly, good and true.  It is this desire for happiness, this longing after the beautiful in life, which plunges human nature into a sea of unrest.
The human dilemma of anger can be counteracted by our teachings.  We must be grateful for all of the blessings given to us by the Great Architect of the Universe.  Our personal motto should be:  Honor in wisdom, honor in following our degrees, honor in duty, honor indeed, honor in word, honor in education, never giving Honors for nepotism, but for performance, and last, but not least, loving, honoring and respecting the rights of others:
Justice, justice thou shalt pursue,
And Anger and injustice thou shalt never do!
Never leave home without wearing your COAT of Compassion, Optimism, Awareness and Tolerance. 
Recruitment, retention and reinstatement are vital, if we are to retain and preserve our precious Order.  Let all of us work extra hard in building our Fraternity!

Durward C. Ayre 32° KCCH
Regional Orient Membership Ambassador for the Valleys of San Jose and Fresno in California