Another summer has come and gone, kids are back in school, next year’s officers are in the midst of qualifying, Annual Communication in just a few weeks away and I’m wondering where the time went.
As Masons we are taught to divide our time into three parts; one for the service of God and a distressed Mason, one for our usual vocations, and one for refreshment and repose. However, we are also taught that Masonry should be, at best, the fourth priority in our busy lives, behind: family, religion and work. How does this work? I know I haven’t quite figured it out yet! As the Sr. Warden preparing for my year as Master (if elected), my 24-inch gauge is out the window – I’m using a yardstick now!
In today’s society, work and family are hard enough to juggle; add religion, Masonry, golf, bowling, community involvement, softball, whatever to our lives and there just simply aren’t enough hours in the day.
But this is when Masonry becomes most important. For many of us, Masonry is about fellowship and escape from the day-to-day grind. The walls of our lodge are meant to keep the stress, worries and troubles of the day away, if even for only a few hours on a Tuesday evening.
On August 20, we were honored to have Very Worshipful Allan Casalou, Grand Secretary of Masons in California, hold a Masonic Education Night at our Lodge. He discussed Freemasonry around the world and how Lodges in different jurisdictions, especially in different countries, practice Masonry. He told us about how in some countries Freemasonry is not accepted and our brethren must keep their involvement a secret from the community, but once inside the Lodge (usually someone’s home), they practice similar ritual to Lodges all around the world.
We are free to practice Masonry, nay, as Masons we are obligated to practice Masonry. Yet we rarely see more then 20%-25% participation of our membership. We are busy men. We have more responsibilities in life and less time to fulfill them these days.
None-the-less, take a break from the outside world for a few hours and come to Lodge on a Tuesday for a Stated Meeting or a Degree, let it be your sanctuary. Reconnect with old friends and make new ones. The time spent will be well worth it.
Fraternally, Bro. Scott Spiegel SW