“Dispensing Light through Happiness”

February received its name for the Latin word which means “to purify,” for in this month people purified their homes and offered sacrifices to the gods, who loved order and cleanliness.

“Because in certain circumstances, hope can be the worst torment of all.” Tom Holt

Brethren: I, like most of you, was hoping that the pandemic and all the collateral damage it causes would have been over by now and that life would be back to normal as we knew it. We have been fortunate in this jurisdiction to be able to meet throughout the pandemic with only a couple of short interruptions, unlike other jurisdictions who are still not able to meet. Most lodges were able to do some degree work and have installed a new slate of officers for 2022. I am optimistic that we are close to the end of the pandemic. However, life goes on no matter what, and as Irving Berlin said, “Life is 10% what you make of it and 90% how you take it.” Always look on the bright side of life and you will be more contented and happy.

“The worst thing that happens to you may be the best thing for you, if you don’t let it get the best of you.”
Bro. Will Rogers

February is the month often dedicated to love. On Valentines Day we express our honour and love to sweethearts and/or our significant others. In these unprecedented and polarized times, we as Freemasons should also express and promote Brotherly Love to everyone this month. Take time this month to cherish those relationships with your families, friends, and brethren. Please don’t forget to give a little self-love to yourself for your own health and happiness.

Honour: is the bond between an individual and a society to adhere to what is right and to a moral code of conduct. This moral code of conduct includes valor, chivalry, honesty, and empathy. Freemasons are charged to be honest, virtuous and honourable men. The Square and Compasses is a symbol of honour and reminds us to regulate our actions and to live within the due bounds of virtue and honour. Bro. Robert Burns suggests in his “Epistle To a Young Friend” that our behaviour is governed by two methods: the fear of being punished and the desire to maintain your honour. We, as Masons, should always govern our lives by the bounds of honour and set an example for all to emulate, thus making the world a more honourable, happier place to live.

“The fear o’ hell ‘s a hangman’s whip
To haud the wretch in order;
But where ye feel your honour grip,
Let that aye be your border.”
Bro. Robert Burns

Stay safe, and Happy! MW Bro. Dan Olmsted , Grand Master, 2021-2022