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Riches in Lodge???

Bro. Jon Sage

~Republished from an earlier date~

The notion that joining a Masonic Lodge is a pathway to wealth or higher standing in the community is a long standing one, though somewhat unfounded. This includes networking within the Masonic and secular community, as well as the availability of Masonic Relief/Financial Assistance to a Mason who might be facing hardship, and applies for that aide. Continue reading

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Proficiency?

Bro. Jon Sage

~Re-Published…. 
At the conclusion of each degree, we ask that a Brother demonstrates proficiency in the preceding degree before he may progress to the next. This practice hearkens back to the days of old, during the time of active and operative Lodges, which were very much involved in the building arts. Accordingly, proficiency, in a manner of speaking, takes the place of the Operative practice that once consisted of 7 years in an apprenticeship. After such a time, and if completed successfully, one might be Passed as a Fellow of the Craft. Continue reading

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The Moderns and the Ancients: The Pathway to Non-Sectarian Masonry from Christian Based Masonry

W.B. Jon Sage

Foundational Elements: Religion within the Masonic Order

In the beginning of the journey of every Freemason, each has an individual answer for the inevitable question, “What has drawn you to Masonry”? For a great many, it is the allure of a possible mystique, the ancient rites of our Order that perhaps prompted them to ask for and ultimately gain admittance into the Lodge room. Others are no doubt influenced by a Father, Brother, Grandfather, even a friend in the workplace; who were or are Masons, and for such a reason, curiosity was piqued. There are a few who may join, or attempt to join, for other reasons; possibly thinking that the secrets of our world and universe will be offered to them at some point in the initiatory process. For whatever reason, and in whatever manner our Candidates come to us, there is one common thread that binds each of them. This is the indisputable and absolute demand of the Masonic Institution that her votaries possess a firm belief in Deity. Continue reading

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What’s In A Letter?

I had planned to write a bit of a dissertation on the “Letter G”, and of its importance within and without the Order. However, as is often the case, a first draft turned into a second; the second into the third; until I finally lost whatever spark which was driving the initial inquiry. At this moment, I did a bit of research, and went back through a number of the Masonic Service Association of North America (MSANA) “Short Talk” Bulletins. What I found, was a short paper on the subject that I felt I could neither refute nor add to! And so, although I rarely do this, I am only writing a brief introduction of what I believe is one of the best explanations concerning the “Letter G” that might ever be found. With that said, I turn to Bro. Joseph Fort Newton, and his seemingly endless knack for getting it right! Continue reading

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Masonic Education, The Real Deal

W.B. Jon Patrick Sage

Having to do with the notion of Masonic Education

Within Freemasonry, there is a thought process that some edict handed down from any particular Grand Lodge, and then utilized as “Masonic Education”, will absolutely make the Craft “better” Masons. However, “Masonic Education” is a rather generic term, including sometimes very different items and approaches to various ideas. And so, in each jurisdiction the educational efforts are different. Some require a half of an hour presentation to be given in open Lodge, usually during a Stated meeting or degree Work. Others might simply insist upon a mailer, or brochure to be sent out to the members of said Lodges, in the false hope that some words of wisdom from Newton, or Mackey… possibly Pike– will inspire the individual Brothers to seek out new and exciting vantage points of Masonic insight. Continue reading

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Masonry’s “Failure”

Carl H. Claudy
“Why does Masonry fail so much?” puzzled the New Brother, dropping into a chair beside the Old Tiler in the anteroom.

“I didn’t know it did,” commented the Old Tiler. “But then, I’m an old man and my eyes are not very good. Maybe I don’t see clearly any more. Tell me about it.”

“Oh, you see well enough! You just don’t want to admit that the order to the service of which you have devoted so much time and thought is just a failure!” “Is that so!” The Old Tiler seemed surprised. “You interest me! But pity my foibles and tell me your side of it!” Continue reading

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The Length of the Cable Tow

W.B. Jon Patrick Sage

Described in the several degrees, is the use of the Cable-Tow as part of Ritual. During our degrees, the cord is utilized differently, and in doing so, has different meaning and application to that particular degree. Many explanations abound for the practical and symbolical meanings of the Cable-Tow, and I will not seek to explain, or even to number all of them here. There are simply too many different interpretations concerning the use of the Cable-Tow, and while all may be, according to time and place, appropriate and/or correct, many border on  near-sighted speculation; and have not a great deal of basis in anything other than local lore. Continue reading

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Technology, Fast Paced Life… and Masons

W.B. Jon Patrick Sage

As I was driving down the road a few days ago, it occurred to me that my parents, and especially my grandparents, had a much broader grouping of friends than I do. Oh sure, we all have best friends, and close family. However, OUTSIDE of Masonry, that is about the extent of my “friends” (Facebook Friends DON’T count here). I don’t go to a bowling league, or play softball. My wife doesn’t host a card club, and she doesn’t sell Tupperware. Our kids are pretty much out of the house, and we don’t carpool to A.M. Kindergarten. We go to work, come home, eat supper, and go to bed. In the middle of all of this, I ride my motorcycle a few times a month, and she visits with the girls, or goes out to see her Parents. We are conversational with our neighbors, but there are no “Block Parties” going on in the Boulevards. This is pretty much the extent of ours’, and of other families’ social routines within our area, on a day to day basis. Once again, we are speaking OUTSIDE of Masonry, and this will become important in a minute or so. Continue reading

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Darkness to Light

W.B. Jon Patrick Sage

The Masonic teachings encompass the entire Creation. The Mason’s Lodge represents the Sanctum Santorum, or the Holy of Holies. We, as Masons, are charged with acting in the character of a Master Mason. As such, the eventual result should be that the individual Mason’s heart is the dwelling place of Deity. Thus, we direct our steps according to the Light he there shall find and as he there shall find it. Continue reading

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