Mr. Leo Tolstoy. His is the story of a man who would grow up amongst the Russian aristocracy, and after finding some measure of personal enlightenment, grew over the years to resent his privileged life. His literary works are well known, and his influence has been far-reaching — perhaps moreso than most people realize. His book … Continue reading The Strongest of All Warriors
The requirements for joining Freemasonry are well known (or are at least publicly available). Depending on the jurisdiction, there can be slight variation in the wording, but it is essentially this: you must be a male, freeborn, of lawful age (which can vary), you must be of good repute, and you must profess a belief … Continue reading Slavery
This post aims to take a look at two common terms within Freemasonry: the Craft and the Lodge. Of course, we're all very familiar with the both of them. My goal isn't to dive deeply into their etymologies and unearth their origins. No. If it makes any sense at all, I would simply like to … Continue reading The Craft and the Lodge
Over the last couple of years, I've had the privilege of delivering the Northeast Corner lecture to all of our Lodge's Entered Apprentice Masons. It's one of my favorite lectures, and being that it's given toward the end of the Degree, you have a real opportunity to leave a lasting impression on each candidate. In … Continue reading The Lecture at the Northeast Corner
The bulk of this weekend was spent with my son's Boy Scout troop. Several of the Scouts were working on earning their Hiking merit badge. Saturday was winding down; we sat in the aftermath of a 15-mile hike, some faring better than others (I was of the latter). I was sitting with the other Assistant … Continue reading The Life-Long Apprentice
So, the title of this post is a little misleading; I already know that there's more to each of you than the Masonic titles and honors that you've accumulated. The post's title, however, pretty well encapsulates some of the frustrations I'm having right now. I'll start by setting the scene. Our Lodge is looking at … Continue reading You are more than your “Masonic Resumé”
Each Degree within Freemasonry is steeped in symbolism and lessons of morality; there’s a lifetime’s worth of material contained within the first three Degrees alone. If one was to skim the surface and collect only those teachings that lie so plainly at the surface, they would improve as a person. The interesting thing about Freemasonry, … Continue reading A Knock at the Door
Within Freemasonry, there are several recurring themes. If you were to spend time studying the symbolism of the Craft — and it doesn't really matter which symbol(s) you choose to start with — time and time again, you're going to be brought back to the concept of your own mortality. Coming to terms with how much life … Continue reading I wasted time, and now doth time waste me.
Just like every other Mason with a blog, I've been putting together my own little set of "Lodge Improvement" posts. My plan was to start releasing them soon, but I was caught off guard by a question posed by one of our Past Masters. There were several of us sitting around a table waiting for … Continue reading What is the purpose of a Masonic Lodge?
There is, in several jurisdictions, a small slice of Preston-Webb ritual that unfolds similar to this: "How should Masons meet?" "On the Level." "How should Masons act?" "By the Plumb." "And part upon the Square." I've muddled the wording a bit, but if you're familiar, you get the idea. In all of my years of … Continue reading To Part Upon the Square