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From the South

On the first weekend in May, I had the pleasure of attending the Wardens and Master retreat in Irvine California. Lots of information was dispensed and discussed by all the brothers who attended. As in all gatherings like this, there are one or two things that stand out. The one that stood out the most to me was a concept presented by our Grand Master who called it Civil Dialogue. This is something that we in our Lodge use all the time, but seems to be out of favor with rest of society at the present time. I believe that
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From the South

Brethren, My article this month is devoted to the masonic youth orders, Jobs Daughters, Rainbow for Girls and the Order of DeMolay. The first two groups are for young women and the last is for young men. As you are aware, the Grand Master has declared the month of March to be Youth Orders Month. We are very fortunate to have a Bethel of Jobes Daughters and DeMolay Chapter at our Masonic Center. Brothers, I would say to you that it is incumbent on us as Masons to support to support these organizations to the best our ability. I encourage
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From the South

I have accepted a job in the Law Department of Frontier Communications (telecommunications company) in Stamford, CT. I hope to return to LA, work permitting, to visit family and to attend a few Lodge meetings. I have asked myself: “what draws a man to become a Mason?” Mere curiosity, perhaps, knowing that a grandfather was a Mason. A better question might be: “What keeps a man a Mason?” I ask because at some basic level, Masonry is almost trite. Are not the moral truths in Masonry just what we already were taught in Sunday School, or have long known: Brotherly
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From the South

Nearly 2000 years ago, the pagan Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius wrote: “Excluding then the delusions of fame, what is there left to be prized? In my judgment, this: to work out, in action and inaction alike, the purpose of our natural constitutions. That, after all, is the object of all training and all craftsmanship; for every craft aims at adapting a product to the purpose for which it was produced.” This, in my view, is the great objective of our Craft at the individual level – to teach, lead, encourage and help each Mason to adapt himself to the purpose
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From the South

Brethren, a wise man wrote: “Regarding love, there are two kinds of faithfulness: one is based on forever finding new things to love about the loved one; the other is based on our pride in being faithful.” The author of that maxim was contrasting being faithful in love because of continuing and expanding love, versus being faithful in love because of a sense of duty to be faithful. Can we apply this thought to our feelings about the Craft – our “loved one”? I’m sure each of us, if we had to choose, would much rather be in the first
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From The South

Brethren, as Entered Apprentice Masons we are taught, ”to relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, particularly on Masons…”. With this in mind I would like to invite you to join in making a contribution to the “Raising a Reader” program which is the Grand Master’s special project. Imagine if you had poor or no reading skills. It’s not only hard just go to any foreign community where English is not spoken and try to get along. If you had to live there, and not just visit, you would have a tough time indeed. So take a
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