Masonic Quote of the Week – 6/12/2017

•June 12, 2017 • Leave a Comment

Related imageNo man ever took the oaths and subscribed to the obligations with greater watchfulness and care than I exercised in receiving the various rites of Masonry; and I say it with due deliberation and without fear of breaking faith. I have never encountered a lesson, never witnessed an example, never heard an obligation uttered which could not be openly proclaimed to the world. More, if the lessons taught were heeded, if the obligations read were assumed, if the relationships urged were adopted men would be infinitely better in their relationships.

 

President Warren G. Harding (member of Marion Lodge # 70, Marion, Ohio)
speaking to the Imperial Council of the Shrine, June 5, 1923

Masonic Quote of the Week – 5/22/2017

•May 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“Life is no straight and easy corridor along which we travel free and unhampered, but a maze of passages, through which we must seek our way, lost and confused, now and again checked in a blind alley. But always, if we have faith, a door will open for us, not perhaps one that we ourselves would ever have thought of, but one that will ultimately prove good for us”

A.J. Cronin
Scottish physician, novelist and Freemason

In a sense, this quote is one way of describing Freemasonry (at least for me). The fraternity is unable to provide a man with specific guidance about his circumstance. Yet it gives every man tools that will allow him to travel life’s road with faith and faithfulness. Not every one of us faces the same maze. But across time and culture, men have found the timeless lessons of Freemasonry of use in navigating this maze.

Masonic Quote of the Week – 4/3/2017

•April 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“We no longer expect to rebuild the Temple at Jerusalem.  To Masons it has become but a symbol.  To Masons the whole world is God’s Temple, as is every upright heart.  To establish all over the world the New Law and Reign of Love, Peace, Charity, and Toleration, is to build that Temple, most acceptable to God, in erecting which Masonry is now engaged.”

Albert Pike
Morals and Dogma

Albert Pike is best known for his leadership of the Scottish Rite, Southern Jurisdiction in the 19th century. He also recast and rewrote the rituals of the Scottish Rite that Pike said were in only rudimentary form when he first read them.

Brother Pike was also an attorney, soldier, and (prolific) writer.  Albert Pike is the only Confederate military officer with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C. Sovereign Grand Commanders Albert Pike and John Cowles are buried in the House of the Temple which required an act of Congress to allow the burials.

Masonic Quote of the Week – 3/27/2017

•March 27, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“Masonry teaches and fosters in the man the qualities of self-respect and self-help— the qualities that make a man fit to stand by himself—and yet it must foster in every one who appreciates it as it should be ap­preciated the beautiful and solemn ritual— it must foster in him a genuine feeling for the rights of others and for the feelings of others; and Masons who help one another help in a way that is free from that curse of help, patronizing condescension.”

Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt was a member of Matinecock Lodge #806 in New York, joining in 1901. 

Masonic Quote of the Week – 3/8/2017

•March 8, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“There are parts of a ship which taken by themselves would sink. The engine would sink. The propeller would sink. But when the parts of a ship are built together, they float. So with the events of my life. Some have been tragic. Some have been happy. But when they are built together, they form a craft that floats and is going places. And I am comforted.” –

Ralph W. Sockman

Rev. Ralph W. Sockman was a well-known Methodist clergyman who became nationally known as the featured speaker on NBC Radio’s “National Pulpit” program. Although identified as a Mason, I cannot find any information on Rev. Sockman’s Masonic affiliation or involvement. 

Masonic Quote of the Week – 3/3/2017

•March 3, 2017 • Leave a Comment

A little late this week… but providentially so.

“If it has pleased the supreme architect of the universe to make me an humble instrument to promote the welfare and happiness of my fellowmen, my exertions have been abundantly recompensed by the kind partiality with which they have been received; and the assurance that you give me of your belief that I have acted upon the square in my public capacity, will be among my principle enjoyments in this Terrestrial Lodge.”

President and Brother George Washington

On this date (March 3) in 1753, George Washington received the Fellow Craft degree in Fredericksburg Lodge in Virginia.

Masonic Quote of the Week – 2/22/2017

•February 22, 2017 • Leave a Comment

“Brotherly love is not a tangible commodity. We cannot touch it or weigh it, smell it of taste it. Yet it is a reality; it can be creative, it can be fostered, it can be made a dynamic power. The Master who has it in his Lodge and his brethren will find that Lodge and brethren give it back to him. The Master too worried over the cares of his office to express friendliness need never wonder why his Lodge seems too cold to his effort.”

Carl H. Claudy

Carl H. Claudy  was a Masonic leader, speaker, playwright, and essayist. Among his Masonic accomplishments was serving as Grand Master of Masons of the District of Columbia in 1943.

Best known for his three handbooks on the Symbolic Lodge degrees, Claudy was also an accomplished journalist, magazine writer, and photographer.