In the mist of celebrating the 300th year anniversary of Freemasonry with the United Grand Lodge of England, I began to reflect on where we’ve come and where it is we’re headed.
Over the last century we’ve seen Reiterations of Papal bulls banning duel affiliation in the Catholic Church. This particular subject is complex and could be a paper in itself but if interested in diving into the context Click here.
The fraternity still has a hand full of States particularly in the United Stated that refuse to recognize our Prince Hall brethren. This is another subject that is convoluted and for further information click here.
In the U.S. and other country jurisdictions this has sparked declarations of unrecognition. It’s difficult for those that understand that the V.S.L. can and is the right of every brother in the Craft different if they so choose. Which means regardless of your religious dogmatic beliefs, they’re not to be imposed on others.
We’ve seen what’s becoming common practice of those that had pure intentions to elevate the Craft find the politics of purple and the grand line cause forgetfulness of our most precious precepts of Truth, Honor and Fortitude.
What will the next 300 years of Freemasonry hold?
Well, the numbers new members have grown and within this generation of new masons, Tolerance seems to be better practiced. We find Men not complaining because a brother master mason adheres to a different V.S.L., are of different race, or judged for his sexual preference.
We see brothers that have a driving desire to bring back masonic education to their blue lodge and increased efforts towards mentorship. Being complacent to go through the degrees but never incorporate the lessons in to their lives isn’t and has never been acceptable.
If the veteran mason cannot find it in there heart for tolerance and justifies dogma, bigotry or hate with their beliefs, bible or any other modes they’ll be instructed/ reminded of our rules and regulations. In addition, those rules and regulations fueled by the above mentioned will be reexamined because we are masons. Not built by popsicle sticks and motivated by titles that mean nothing when their conduct doesn’t reflect the Craft.
We see the Craft slowly being transmutated back to what we’ve always stood for. Men that will rise as Arturo de Hoyos, Brent Morris and others have done. Spread Light and brotherly love to “all mankind” not just our brothers. As Brother Paul Revere said in his Installation charge, “that we are to be examples to the world and therefore a blessing to the mankind”.
We see a rough and rugged road, one perchance beset by introspection and evaluation for the best in all of us.