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We are freemasons. We are Everyman. We are men who choose to live a life of dedication and humility to express values from a time long past.
We quietly listen and observe in order to know others better. By knowing others and doing for others, we learn lessons about ourselves and live a more content life. Doing for others is an essential act of selflessness. We are the men who open our minds to new ideas while be wise enough to learn the lessons of history. In the Order of Freemasonry gnorance is not bliss. It is a stain.
I like to think Masonic Home Companion reflects those ideas. I hope, when you join me you feel connections with all of the rapidly growing group of listeners who return each week.
Kindest fraternal regards,
The way we communicate has changed. Masons are now visiting- making contact using the internet as a pathway to one another. Along the way, we are discovering novel ideas. Some of these treasures are shaking us out of our complacency. For a time, everything old here, will be new there. But that will quickly pass. What we need is focus. We need to search for valid information that adds constructively to the conversation between serious minded men of the Craft.
How we react with this change will set the tone of masonry for decades to come. The value of freemasonry is proven in the open mindedness of the man. We want hand that learning on, to masons not yet born. Encouraging such continuity suggests we accept the obligation to speak knowledgeably and sincerely about the great ideas that formed masonic philosophy.
The best preparation for our future is a thorough grounding in the history and philosophy of the Order. To do this, we must preserve our antient landmarks.
Tune in and relax. Tell a friend and if you have a brother who can get around, tell him about us. Many of you are doing just that. The audience just doubled so I need to thank you one and all for making Masonic Home Companion worthwhile.
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Until next week- fraternal regards,
Aren't you the least bit curious? Of course. It's a fraternity 300 years old and going. No frat party. No male testosterone and alcohol driven embarrassment to themselves. But august; philanthropic. Authentic and dignified. Striving with piety answerable to common sense; endorsing equality and liberty of humanity; mystery; private and secret to protect it from populist verdicts; signs of greetings known to few; real.
Even we wonder how and why, don't you? What is it that a man finds in masonry that he can't find anywhere else? Not fame or fortune. Leadership becomes service to mankind but how does that endure?
If you wonder what it is, the best I can tell you is that it is a feeling. The one we experience when truth finds us. Not being smarter; not hubris, not arrogant or smug. When a person 'sees' what others do not, in a world so frightened and mistrustful, those truths are a weighty responsibility. That is what we call humility. Our task is to find balance in life and live in that state and the universe unfolds.
When a person has matured enough to take herself or himself seriously, when he understands himself, masonry opens the mind, the spirit, the heart. Every ending is the beginning of something next.
Hello my masonic Brother. Join me so we can carry out our committment to continue the conversation that began when the first masons sat down to talk . We each face our future alone- the great unknown.
We remain connected to the ancients only when we adhere to the catechism, and practicing the Ancient Landmarks. Know them. Be them.
Join me to share ideas, some history, pieces of philosophy, answers to questions; things masonic in the comfort of your own surroundings.
To validate our work, we take the values of freemasonry outside the lodge and apply them in our community, our family and within our conduct.
I hope you will commit random acts of kindness and be known to the world as a charitable man with a generous, thoughtful nature.
The inspiration of freemasonry is within you. It is not an aspect of character that is public or often surfaces. Age and habits, rules of propriety, there are reasons why it is difficult to trust this process of learning to be a well rounded freemason.
It is a risk to trust at this level. It requires a level of intelligence, of insight that distinguishes fools from kings. You and I are somewhere inbetween.
Remember, we are of an Order and it is important to treat one another as such. When you are discouraged, realize you are never alone among us. We stand together to face the great unknown with dignity and honour.
Come- join me. Invite a friend...let's talk about things masonic.
After a long summer hiatus, Masonic Central is back and to recommit ourselves to our second year, this weeks show is highly appropriate.
Coming on the program is Brother Cliff Porter to talk with us about his new book “Masonic Baptism – A Post Modern Ritual for an Ancient Craft“.
For some background, Mackey says of the ritual that it is “… simply a lustration or purification by water, a ceremony which was common to all the ancient initiations”.
In the present day, the ceremony and ritual are designed to be performed in lodges wishing to baptize children of Masonic families. The ceremony is not a religious function, nor does it compete with the baptisms of the different religions of the world. Rather it is a solemn act of fidelity and a pledge to the children of Freemasons to signify that they are now a part of a broader community and that they will never be alone. Br. Porter’s work has brought the ritual back into a modern parlance and reintroduces us to this past practice in a modern era.
Reconnect with Dean and Greg, and travel with them through their summer adventures and this appropriate topic of the Masonic Baptism on this special hour and a half long program on Masonic Central this Sunday, August 16th starting at 6pm PDT/9pm EDT. For your questions and comments to the guest live on the air call: (347) 677-0936 during the program.
Listen to the program live from our home at Masonic Central on Blog Talk Radio and join in with our live program chat, or from our player widget on our website at Freemason Information.
Its good to be back!
Where does National Treasure meet The Lost Symbol? Wound together into a Crown of Serpents.
Masonic fiction is an infrequent thing, especially when written by a brother. The Lost Symbol is a good example of the fraternity in a modern fiction, in the same way that National Treasure brought the fraternity to the cinema. This Sunday, we have the opportunity to talk about the latest edition of Masonic fiction from author Michael Karpovage, who has just released his new book Crown of Serpents.
From the books website the Crown of Serpents is a mystery thriller set in the former heartland of the Iroquois Empire and takes its hero, Jake Tununda, on a fast-paced hunt to find and protect the elusive crown. In the story he teams up with Rae Hart, who is an alluring state police investigator, and together they snake their way across a politically turbulent landscape marked with murder, lies, and deceit, deciphering codes, digging up war loot, and fending off a ruthless casino magnate. Their survival skills are put to the test when the clues to the crown ultimately lead them deep within sacred Indian caves hidden under the abandoned Seneca Army Depot where the magnitude of the crown’s power is revealed.
The Crown of Serpents is every bit as exciting as its synopsis suggests, and its weaving in of the fraternity of Freemasonry makes the mystery thriller all the more exciting.
Join us as we talk to author Michael Karpovage about his book, Masonic fiction, and the real life history of Freemasonry that swirls around his new novel, in this hour long program on Masonic Central Sunday, October 18th starting at 6pm PDT / 9pm EST. We encourage your questions and comments to the show by calling (347) 677-0936 during the program. The show goes live promptly at the hour.
Hello. It is good to see you back. Do you have a moment to talk? I need your advice.
Today, as Boomers have been replaced by 'Gen X' our communities continue to evolve. The promises of 'leaders' promoting a dream have become tarnished. Faith has been challenged by corrupt clergy, whistleblowers and media that has moved faster than the censors pen.
Serious? Yes. Redefining? Yes. Confusion? Yes. In a world that at times seems to exploit trusting souls, is there hope for one organization that claims fidelity? Yes, it has always been there, in the shadows, a way of life, ignored by generations clamouring to just belong to an organization that might define them as something more than commonplace.
Some would say, that organization is going through a metamorphasis and I would be one to agree. Governments have put a price on the privacies and rights that once were so dear to people in uniform. Acquiencence hasn't worked as Wiki-leaks and Whistleblowers world-wide have demonstrated.
Ignorance is bliss where wisdom where tis folly to be wise. Can freemasonry turn away from the power of education? It can not. Join me as we discuss the issues and challenges we face to bring practical and theoretical education into the masonic classroom; architect and artificer, we do not build without ideas and craftsmen to make ideas into reality.
The picture is bigger than you or me or any one Master Mason. Can the 'Me Generation' learn to have confidence one to another? Those who discover the light can.
Trust is bought and sold like a commodity, except by a man who honours integrity- his and that of others. What else matters to a man of character? Becoming the bigger man is not for fools. Is the one wearing an apron prepared to pay the price?
Freemasonry is inspirational and uncommon. Today, too often we may loose sight of our connection to that process. We have not maintained the infrastructure but the laws of entropy, the passing of time are resolving that problem by taking the matter out of our hands
Being in the audience of the most recent Annual Communication, I was enlightened by the conversations around me when a vote came up asking us to make a small annual financial commitment to the long term development of education. The comments were meagre, uninformed and from some corners I sensed an distasteful tone- schadenfreude. Schadenfreude is one of those wonderful German words that blend ideas into a single term. It means "malicious joy at the misfortune of others".
How has that darkness crept into the heart of freemasons? A Grand Lodge is members we have elected to research, to recommend and guide; on behalf of all of us, we ask our representatives to take on responsiblity for moving ahead.
How then can we meet our goals, while we seem unable to take time to be well informed, to understand issues and when in doubt, to put our faith and support in the recommendations of the Grand Master?
Faith is what you and I bring to the matter. No one, no authority can make a freemason comply. Alone, you and I have a choice. Do we erode the process of our elected officers or do we stand with them, when called upon show that support?
Be thoughtful, be prepared. Keep the big picture in mind. We are writing new pages into history. Let's make sure we are remembered for what we attempted and not for being paralyzed and stagnant. We are all in this together. I look forward to joining you on the internet- the radio of the world
This show was a Special Broadcast with an interview with the Grand Master of Florida, and the District Deputy Grand Master at the Grand Master Visit to the 18th Masonic District.
Join us this Sunday on the Masonic Central pod cast as Karl Grube, who is the President of the Bonisteel Masonic Library in Ann Arbor Michigan and a member of the board of trustees for the Detroit Masonic Temple Library, talks to us about Michigan Masonry, the life and legacy of the Bonisteel Library, and the jewel of the American Masonic edifice, the Detroit Masonic Temple.
Being first matters! In the big picture, it really doesn't but we like to act like it does- being competitive is the only way to live because being last is humiliating- unless you have are overcoming some disabilty last is bad. Only thing is, we could tolerate over achievers if they came equipped with enough insight to know how insufferable they sound. Most of them don't understand that when they talk, they sound like they are bragging. Of course that's acceptable because they came first- isn't it? Acceptable but painfully uncomfortable for the fellow who believes this stuff. Have you never spoken to the middle aged guy who ran for the winning touchdown when he was 17- and that's his claim to fame? Pubs are full of drunk old men clinging to a moment that passed them bye. What of the men who don't brag? The world is full of them. Freemasons call them -a bigger man! How sad to pretend to live in the past. Where is the affirmation in that? Freemasonry only exists as applied philosophy in the moment. The history is time graffiti; some concrete points in a time/space continuum that validate that we were there, or here or somewhere else. That's the same as graffiti on an alley wall or a passing box car. Graffiti never quite captures purpose until the artist is using symbols to make statements.
It's fascinating, the preoccupation we have for 'masonic' graffiti, investing time considering the evidence of early members of our Craft. Even if only loosely based on facts we have learned to tolerate that- as long as it's 'masonic graffiti it's valid. But the graffiti rests on a deep base of undiscovered fact.
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