MW Bro. Dan Olmsted - August 2020 Musings
|"Dispensing Light through Happiness”|
August was named in honour of Octavius Caesar, the nephew of Julius Caesar, who became master of Rome and was named Emperor of the Senate. He ruled wisely and received the title of Augustus , which means “worthy of reverence.” From which the month of August receives its name.
Brethren: We must remain vigilant in our safety practices as the COVID 19 virus continues to flare up in communities around Saskatchewan. You will have received from your lodge secretary the COVID guidelines and protocols that are in effect as of August 3, 2020 to conduct tyled meetings. I must emphasise to meet only if essential business is required. We must keep the safety of the brethren first and foremost. Please continue to help those brethren and neighbors who need assistance during this pandemic.
Freemasonry is a Fraternity
“When friends meet, and hands are warmly pressed, and the eye kindles and the countenance is suffused with gladness, there is a religion between their hearts; and each loves and worships the True and Good that is in the other. It is not policy, or self-interest, or selfishness that spreads such a charm around the meeting, but the halo of bright and beautiful affection: the splendour of kindly liking and affectionate regard – honest, heartfelt, disinterested, inexpressible affection.” Albert Pike
Fraternity : is a group who share a bond of brotherhood, sharing the same interests or opinions.
This is just one of several definitions of fraternity. There are some definitions that do not give a favourable opinion of a fraternity. Fraternities that exercise hazing rituals resulting in injury or death have given a bad name to all fraternities. Some would also argue that fraternities go against democracy as they are not inclusive to all, and based on exclusion. Freemasonry might be predicated on the idea of exclusiveness because of basic qualifications for which a man must meet to join . However, Freemasonry embraces a nobler and wider view of believing in the brotherhood of man which is beneficial and inclusive to all no matter who you are. We are a fraternity that promotes the practice of the three greatest social treasures: Fraternity, Liberty and Equality. The principles of our fraternity should not be confined within the walls of our lodges. It is incumbent upon individual brothers to practice and promote our principles within their communities and the world at large. Remember, we are charged to be happy ourselves and to communicate this happiness to others.
There is a destiny that makes us brothers;
None goes his way alone.
All we send into the lives of others
Comes back into our own. — Edwin Markham
Stay Safe and Happy.
MW Bro. Dan Olmsted , Grand Master, 2020-2021