Category: 2014 Messages

DEC 2014

My Brother, During the first degree, we are presented in metaphor with both a perspective and an expectation of Masonry. For example, we hear that the principal rungs of the Jacob’s dream ladder leading to heaven represent Faith, Hope, and Charity. Of the three, we are told that Charity towards all mankind is the greatest,…



OCT 2014

My Brother, During our Fellowcraft Degree, we as speculative Masons are introduced to the strength, beauty and order that observing architecture gives to our lives. This is related to us allegorically by two craftsmen entering King Solomon’s Temple to collect wages. We are taken along a winding stairway, parts of which allude to our five…



SEP 2014

My Brother, Man, as we know ourselves, populated the world by emigrating from the cradle of civilization. With no roads, vehicles, or domesticated animals to pull them, migrating was easiest by water. At first using only crude river rafts, man developed vessels to challenge the seas, then conquered them with sleek, fast sailing ships.1 Whether…



JUN 2014

My Brother, You may recall that late last fall a fiercely angry person broke into our beloved Masonic Center bent on destruction. He was successful, badly breaking our antique altar as well as other Masonic furniture and artifacts. You know, too, that our insurance only covered a portion of this damage and that sustained during…



MAY 2014

My Brother, In closing his biographical sketch in the spring 2014 issue of The New Jersey Freemason, RW Dieter B. Hees cited Brother Benjamin Franklin’s succinct summary of Freemasonry: “Masonic labor is purely a labor of love. He who seeks to draw Masonic wages in gold and silver will be disappointed. The wages of a…



APR 2014

My Brother, We are living the legacy of our forefathers. Whenever we open our lodge, the format, dialogue, and even phrasing is surprisingly similar to that used during the pre-revolutionary, early eighteenth century. Although some jurisdictions may have more than three, all Masonic openings for now nearly three centuries have had these three common elements….



MARCH 2014

My Brother, We certainly have been having a good ole fashion New Jersey winter. The iceboats, some of which were constructed in the nineteenth century, are skating again on the Navesink River. The sledding slope alongside my home formed by the snow plow mounding snow is again being used by neighbor children. As well, there…



FEBRUARY 2014

My Brother, We met upon the level for our first communication of the New Year, discussing and agreeing to the following: Lodge Communications will be open to all brothers regardless of degree held. Standing committees will hold announced and open meetings once a quarter and will report the results of their deliberations at a communication…



JANUARY 2014

My Brother, I am honored and humbled to have become the 163rd Worshipful Master in the 211th year of our lodge. I am in awe of this responsibility. Because of my personal background, I thought of the USS Constitution, our Navy’s oldest commissioned ship, to help put in perspective the honor we your officers have….