The summer is here, and I’m going to give a special prayer that all of our officers, members, and ladies stay safe during the busy days of summer. No longer do we have the lazy days of summer, as that time has passed, except for vacations. I hope that you have fun in your summer activities, but don’t forget that we do not go dark at Washington Lodge #46. We want to see you at our meetings and special events.
As Brothers, we are obligated to bring light into the world, to square our actions, to walk uprightly and be on the level with every person, holding no prejudice and illustrating throughout our lives the great principles of our Craft. We should be the difference whenever and wherever the opportunity presents itself. I implore each of you to shine your Masonic light with all of those within your circle of influence. Let your wise council, balanced between the two pillars of mercy and severity, guide your thoughts and your tongue to offer Masonry’s unique message of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth into your personal conversations wherever you may be.
May each of us hold true to our obligations and be guided by the golden rule that we should love one another, to avoid divisive conversations and uphold the rights of every human being, regardless of our individual choices and personal beliefs. Regarding the recent ISIS attacks, let each of us as Masons be even more so in these times; the light and hope to a world that too often seems lost and dark and driven through blind hatred to such tragedy. Let us be warriors against the darkness first in our own minds and hearts and then by example to those around us, demonstrate the acceptance of every human being to live in peace and harmony.
Civility is the mark of enlightenment and the fruit of a balanced mind. The altar of Freemasonry is strong enough to be encircled by men of all faiths and persuasions, making us a unique example to the world, and giving each of us the opportunity and obligation to take that unity out into the world.
Grand Lodge is over, so we have a new set of Grand Lodge Officers. A year as a Grand Lodge Officer goes by quickly, so I ask you to try to make our new Officers feel special during their time as Grand Lodge Officers. They are giving us use of their talents for the coming year, so let’s support them in any way that we can. We are proud that our WM John Quiroz was installed as Junior Grand Steward.
Our new District Deputy is RWB Jim Akers. I’m sure that you’ll see him; and Dana, his wife; soon.