We all know the
significance of the NE corner and its relevance
to starting our building. Ask yourself before we
go further... How well does the newest
cornerstone of our lodge understand his true
responsibilities? Are we ensuring he has as firm
a grasp on his current placement within our
lodge? Has he been implored to reflect deeply
and offered various perspectives on each symbol
and working tool he has been presented before
moving to the opposite corner?
If you can answer this
with a firm and certain yes; congratulations
brethren. you have successfully laid a
cornerstone for our fraternal success. If you
have answered no... My brethren, we must now ask
why and how we may improve this answer to be a
firm and resonating yes. Our new cornerstone has
sat through the lecture, but has the entire
lecture been explained in a way he can firmly
understand before progressing forward? After
all, what came you here to do? If improving in
masonry isn't your answer.. I ask that you
reevaluate why and ask yourself or others how
you can change that. We are Masons. we are given
charge to ensure the future of our fraternity
through thought and reflection to inspire good
men to become better. If degree work is all it's
about.. we have inadvertently created the void
we often complain about. Degree work is
important. Without it...
to what does it allude? But without
reflection... it leaves specific lessons that
may or may not be heard because it's often
repeated the same way. Give our brethren true
growth. Feed their curiosity and hunger for
knowledge. Hours can be spent on the point
within the circle alone...
there’s no reason further expansion shouldn't be
the same for the rest. If we gaze upon our
newest cornerstone.. we should be able to feel
comfortable with where he's at before he moves
to the next step.
If he isn't ready to move
on... he probably shouldn't. It is our duty to
inform him and his duty to ask well informed
brethren. The only issue I have personally...
who is truly well informed? and where is this
information coming from? is it information
written down somewhere? or has the information
come from a personal interpretation of the
lessons we are given. To be truly well informed
we must first be made a solid cornerstone and
our eyes must be opened to reflection. For if
not,we are certainly able to be tainted with
darkness as we come into the coming light. This
will ultimately dim out the bright shining
members who came before as well as those who
Let us take heed the
dangers in a lack of education.. both inside the
lodge and personal education among brethren via
good and solid fellowship. Education doesn’t
always have to be within a lodge. Education can
take place anywhere a lesson is learned. We have
been given the arduous task of creating the men
who make up the pillars of society. Let us not
fail in this endeavor by squandering the fruits
of our labors on reading the minutes. The
minutes may be important to document... but what
use are the minutes if our brethren aren't
fanned to shine brighter than those who came
before. Brethren... we are the fraternal beacon
of hope. It is up to us to inform and support
any and all endeavors that can benefit the
fraternal bond between us.
In closing, I would like
to further add and compound my goal. My aim with
future articles will often be reflection and
thought into ways we can achieve the greatest
and most difficult job bestowed to us. These
pieces will, at times, provoke some serious
thought within you. Those are my hopes anyway.
The cornerstone work is never completed. We as
masons, are never finished. It is never ending.
But, with enough education and reflective
conversation we can ultimately make the future
brethren duties easier than our own.
My brethren, for us...
it's back to the trestle board and into the
quarries. Let's find the highest quality men and
polishing the proverbial diamond in the rough as
we hewn and number our new brethren as they take
their journey in joining in the work of the
master craftsman. Be the change you wish to see.
Share your light as it comes to you, and reflect
the light of others to inspire the same in the
brethren around you.
It's time to roll our sleeves up and get
back to work. I'll meet you in the quarries.