Greetings Brethren ,
“What my Father Believed”
He didn’t know about the Rock of Ages or
bringing in the sheaves or Jacob’s ladder or
gathering at the beautiful river that flows
beneath the thrown of God…
What he knew about the nature of God came
from the sermons the priests told at mass,
and this got mixed up with his own life. He knew
that life was hard and that even children are
meant to suffer...
My father believed we are here to lift logs that
can’t be lifted, to hammer steel nails so bent that
they crack when we hit them. In the slave labor
camps in Germany, he had seen men try the
impossible and fail.
He believed life is hard and we should help each
other. If you see someone on a cross, his weight
pulling him down and breaking his muscles, you
should try to lift him up, even if only for a
minute, even if you know lifting him won’t save
him. John Guzlowski
This excerpt from one of my favorite poems
calls to mind one of the founding principles of
Freemasonry, charity. Many of us, if asked about
the business of our lodges, would reply that we
are a charitable organization. It is true, that we
rarely have a meeting in which we do not
contribute to a worthy cause, and while this is
laudable, do we have more to offer? During the
Entered Apprentice Degree we are taught to
divide our time into three equal part where we
find, among other things, eight hours for the
service of God and distressed worthy Brethren.
Our charge calls us to befriend and relieve every
Brother who shall need your assistance and to
carry this on to all human beings.
But there are problems we cannot solve with
material generosity, regardless of our resources.
These are the times when we must look to lift
our Brethren and our fellow man through the
generosity of our compassion and friendship.
Sometimes the world puts impossible challenges
before those we care about, and we seem unable
to help. It is these times when we must
remember the poets words and lift up our fellow
man even if we cannot save him or her. In the
midst of the most trying times, a small act of
kindness may be the only light in a persons day.
Call someone you haven’t seen in a while, stop
by to see a neighbor, or look in on a relative. We
all know people who are struggling, let them
know you are here if they they need you.
Everyday brings you a new chance to serve God
and your fellow man through these small acts of
Fraternally & sincerely,
WB James P. Aglione
Worshipful Master 2018
I hope this message finds you well and ready for summer. We
have had a great year so far,
with all of your officers working hard. Remember to keep in
touch with your Brethren over the break and try to attend any
Masonic event this summer. Your Senior Warden is putting
together some interesting events for us in the future, so Stay
tuned. See you in the fall.
WB James Aglione
Worshipful Master 2018
W.B. James P. Aglione Worshipful Master 2018