Robert Burns #243 Trestleboard
From the East
Most realize that Euclid and
Pythagoras were pretty darn smart because of what they wrote concerning
geometry. Galileo and Copernicus brought man�s attention to the truths of
the stars. Newton proposed the theory of gravity based on something that
every person knew, apples fall. Einstein and Stephen Hawking even describe
the nature of the universe that we cannot see. All agree these men were
geniuses. But how about the nameless guy (or guys) who wrote the First
Each time I listen to the lecture of a Degree something different draws my
attention. During the last First
Degree lecture what hit me was dirt. Well, the degree uses the word clay
but it still is dirt. �...Clay, our Mother Earth, for it alone, of all the
elements, has never proved unfriendly to man...�
�...and returns with interest every good committed to her care...�
Who was the man who first wrote
this? Did he spend his day building cathedrals and then in his spare time
reflected how to use the nature of the world to help teach us lessons on
personal conduct? Was he not a genius in his own right?
The truths taught us by Euclid
helped build magnificent edifices. Galileo turned our attention and
imagination to the stars and Einstein has told us about the basic building
blocks of the universe, but are any of these lessons more valuable than the one
that teaches us to be like dirt; never prove unfriendly and return with interest
all good committed to our care.
From the West
Recently I was listening to a podcast about Masonry (Masonic
) on my computer while doing some work. The guest
speaker, whose name I don't know, was speaking about the symbols in
Masonry. One thing that he said sunk in and made me pause and
think. He was discussing the rough and perfect ashlars, and how
the state of our hearts and consciences affects how we fit ourselves into
the Fraternity. In essence, he said that the trowel has to spread
a lot more of the cement of brotherly love to fit those of us who are
rough stones into the temple. It was a line of thought that hadn't
occurred to me before. For that matter, I hadn't even put together
the symbols from the First and Third Degrees before.
It is strange how such a small comment has stuck with me, and it has
made me think more about some of the symbols of our degrees. There
certainly are many, from the Working Tools in each degree to the 12(!)
symbols in the last part of the lecture for the Third Degree. Even
the comments on the symbols with clear names (e.g. Temperance,
Fortitude, Prudence, and Justice) bear further reflection. It has
also occurred to me to wonder why the compasses are not one of the
Working Tools, when the square is...
I know this sort of conversation is not for everyone. For that
matter, I am not sure I am ready to look at my motivations and actions
carefully in the light of such lofty goals. However, I would be
interested to start a group that would discuss some of these symbols and
see how they apply in our lives. Please let me know if you are
From the South
I am grateful for the confidence you have shown me by electing me to the
position of Junior Warden. I am very excited and eager to do all that I can
do for our Lodge. When I look at the line of officers and all the brothers
who have gone through the line and are still so active within the lodge, I
feel that we are one of the strongest lodges in the state.
Upon returning home after our last stated meeting and reflecting upon the
new committees that I was so thoughtfully nudged into helping with, I began
really thinking hard about the long term planning committee. I remember our
WM asking anyone please, please anyone. After a long hesitation, and
ducking down as low as I could in my seat, I reluctantly raised my hand and
said I would do it. When I began thinking about that, though, and the
utmost importance of this committee, I began to realize that this is
something I should really be happy to be doing. It is the plan of all
of our futures for Robert Burns Lodge and yet nobody wanted to do this.
I just wish that all of us would think about what kinds of things you would
like to see our lodge do and where you see us going. All of us need to
think about this from the youngest member to the oldest and share ideas on
this matter. If you have thoughts, please let me know and I will be happy
to bring them before the committee. Thank you again, brothers, for electing
me. I am very excited and cannot wait to have another wonderful year.
What: . . . . . . . . . . .Lunch
When . . . . . . . . . . .Last Friday of each
Where . . . . . . . . . . 'Oasis' at the Nile
Time . . . . . . . . . . . 11:30 'Til ?
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