"Dispensing Light through Happiness”
December was the first month of the winter season and the tenth month of the year a century before the birth of Christ. When Julius Caesar reformed the calendar and added January and February, making December the twelfth month, its name did not change.
GM Musings Dec 2021 [PDF]
December is upon us and the winter solstice will soon be here to mark the beginning of longer days and more sunshine. With December comes the festive season when friends and families gather, exchanging gifts, laughs and good will. Please remember those who are less fortunate and those brethren who might not have family around and are lonely. A visit or a phone call to say hi and find out how they are doing can make a person’s day.
These past couple of years we have had a few bumps, twists and turns that have challenged us on the “road of life,” but we are from Saskatchewan, and like the pioneers who came before us, we believe that this is “next year country.” I am confident the New Year will bring some normality back to or lives.
Maxine and I wish you a Merry Christmas and the best in the New Year. Have a safe and happy holiday season.
Benevolence and Charity are the truly Masonic ornaments. True Benevolence is the love or the desire to do good to others. Moral obligation and empathy are innate to a person who is truly benevolent. True Benevolence is not bound by profit or self-interest but can be considered a value-added virtue or an asset to any organization or society. Charity is the act of giving people assistance in the form of money, food, clothing, etc. Freemasonry is not, in itself, a charitable organization, but it encourages all its members to be charitable. These two Masonic ornaments go hand in hand: the genuine desire to be kind and help others, along with the charitable act of giving. Benevolence and Charity are the distinguishing characteristics of a Mason’s heart, and the Mason who practices these truly Masonic ornaments will not only bring happiness to others but to himself, as well. This is the perfect time of year to put those truly Masonic ornaments to work.
I encourage brethren to consider donations to one or more of our charities below:
The Freemasonry & Youth Endowment Fund: Donations will be directed to the Masonic Youth Leadership Camp, the Order of DeMolay, Job’s Daughters, or the Masonic Youth Trust. These funds provide assistance and support to our youth programs and scholarships. Donations to this fund are eligible for a charity tax receipt.
The Saskatchewan Masonic Foundation: The Fund gives financial support to families who have financial problems related to medical diseases, family accidents and major disasters. There are a variety of purposes for which this trust fund can be used; these are listed on our website. Donations to this fund are eligible for a charity tax receipt.
“Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, ‘it will be happier.’”
Alfred Lord Tennyson
Stay Safe and Happy.
MW Bro. Dan Olmsted , Grand Master, 2021-2022