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Understanding is essential to survival. Freemasons are expected to demonstrate their understanding by conducting themselves with humility that comes from insight. Not superior but dedicated to an inclusive way of living. Whether one has the discipline to achieve is known in hindsight. We could be members of any number of organizations but it has distinct features. Dedication is never supposed to be for everyone. Freemasonry is what it is,applicable to those who are open to it. Just like many other callings. We hope we can be honest, as much with ourselves as with others. We want to be the reliable neighbour you can call upon when in need. If you believe that one can find beauty and joy in spite of challenges in life then we have that in common. Masonic Companion

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Did we step out from under the rule of religion? Did we dispose the despot? Did we create the Republic? Did we fight for freedom? Wars scar our souls yet we repeat it. Church stains our conscience but what alternative. Is the 21st Century mason being launched by access to information into a new, unforeseen level of insight? Are the contemplative freemasons becoming as profits of old? Writers have offered so many opinion pieces, it is difficult to keep up with the flow. The fork in the road is whether we are satisfied by throwing support behind an opinion on symbols or past events or follow the one less traveled, hopeful we can know more and answer more. One theme is clear. There are sacred opinions that need to be studied. How can we determine decline when we can't agree on success? And if we step back from the noise and the fray and approach our work with common sense, we may have to admit- the goals are neither hidden nor obvious. They are a state of mind. Let's pull the rocking chair closer to the radio, next to a roaring fire with a cup of tea nearby. I'll bring the cribbage board for an evening about the revelations that answer our questions. See you soon. Graham
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Does any organization bear its soul for the world? It does if it's Freemasonry. We are a pious bunch. "Piety" doesn't wear well anymore. We watch politicians jump ship, knowing the idealists have already jumped ahead of them. We barely... more

Within masonry, is perfection; beauty; a universe in utterly remarkable balance. Poor is man that blames himself for not seeing what is there. He has not found the perspective that helps him understand that he is surrounded by beauty.... more

A few days ago I was talking a women I know about our children returning from university for the summer. Our daughter is finishing her thesis but I thought it polite to ask if her son had found a summer job. Oh, she said, he's working... more

If there is a fault of a good Master, it is pushing his talented apprentice beyond his pace. In a sense, it is failing him. In another, the demanding Master may get a result- pushing raw talent to a higher level. The balance is suppressing... more

Why ask important questions? Important to whom? Is it only smart people who ask important questions? If the moral rudder of a man can be improved by his admission to an Order, that in his mind makes him a better person- who am I to... more

Masonic Ed was gracious enough to join us in the studio to talk about things masonic. Who could resist speaking about privacy and secrecy; if our production of antiquarians is meeting the need? Ed is an attentive fellow so of course he... more

What is the real story behind our declining membership?

Whether you can't get out to lodge or you enjoy this type of discussion your lodge doesn't offer- welcome to Masonic Home Companion. Here is a brain worm- if we are based on great ideas and if we haven't studied those ideas, how then... more

The more we produce scholarship, the more we are dedicate ourselves as masons to the pursuit of ethics and priniciples the more we reach out to like minded men. Comparing us to a country club does a deservice to the country... more

Control emotion. Use reason. Doing this allows a man to be in charge of his thinking, to use reason rather than succumb to decisions based on and effort to be happy. According to Henry Kissinger, as a Professor he sought truth. As a... more
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