As always, I hope this issue of our Rite News finds you and your family well. By now a chill is in the morning air and we have begun our labors here at the Scottish Rite, as well as in our Lodges. Though I have never considered it “labor”, I have enjoyed every part of my journey through every collateral and appendant body. Each offering something new; yet always the same basic principles of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth. Having said that, I must add that each is a great organization and each one in its own “rite” teaches and should practice the virtues of honesty, integrity, and of course those basic principles mentioned above.
Each of these principles is intended to make a better person and help transcend our petty differences. Sometimes a very difficult thing to do. We all have our differences, our own opinions, and our own personal problems. I often wonder “why did he say that” or “why did he do that.” Then I try to think that everyone has a bad day or has a problem that I may not know about and may need to vent or may need a little kindness or friendship.
In a book of quotes that I often refer to, I read the following from Lord Chesterfield: “Mankind is made up of in- consistencies, and no man acts invariably up to his predominant character. The wisest man sometimes acts weakly and the weakest sometimes wisely.” I also found this one from Frederick Nietzsche: “Nothing on earth consumes a man more than the passion of resentment.” Do you know anyone those would fit?
One last one that may help tie this rambling together. This comes from a late Brother, Henry Hancock: “Out of our beliefs are born deeds; out of deeds we form habits; out of our habits grow our character; and on our character we build our destination.” Why not let your destination be our Scottish Rite? You could invite a Brother from your Blue Lodge to learn from the lessons we teach. You will strengthen your fraternal bond and form habits that may improve character which may make this country a better place for your children and grandchildren who will someday be the leaders of what we hold so dear. Fall classes are forming and petitions are available.
I hope to see you and your friends and Brothers in one of our Valleys as we strive to spread the message of Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth throughout this great country.
Sincerely and Fraternally,