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
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.
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
Harmony. It's a subject that every newly-Raised Master Mason has a sensitivity toward. Within our Lodges, the concept is both broad and specific. In addition to being interwoven into our Obligations, maintaining harmony within the Lodge is duty of the Lodge's officers — especially the Senior Warden and the Worshipful Master. If I'm not careful, this post … Continue reading Harmony — Beyond Civility
For the past few years, Paulo Coelho's The Alchemist has been sitting somewhere near the top of my reading list. While I haven't actively avoided it, there has always been some reason to never get around to it. Not long ago, the Brethren at The Masonic Roundtable hosted a podcast to discuss the book, which was the perfect … Continue reading The Alchemist
A little over a year ago, several Brethren from many different local Lodges met. They had a common purpose in mind — to breathe life into a new Lodge — certainly a worthwhile endeavor, if ever there was one. The new Lodge was going to be an Observant Lodge. Ritual would be approached with the solemnity … Continue reading From Ruin
There is this perception — this common belief — that once someone passes on, that's it. The person’s torch — that was their life — goes out. The world grows a little darker. A little colder. We lament the passing of the person, because we feel the loss. But this isn't what happens. When we … Continue reading The Glow of a Torch