A Voice In Favor of the 1DC
From: "peter todd" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: Masonry Question
The subject of the One Day Class has become the talk of all talks.
Masons of wisdom are questioning the movements of our Grand Lodge of
Massachusetts. The Grand Master was duly elected by his peers .
Officers of all Massachusetts Lodges , particularly Masters take upon
themselves their Obligation , which it states that we are under the rule
and government of our Grand Lodge and the Articles of it By-Laws. I
have been a past Master five times going on six in four different
lodges. I belong to five , not including the Shriners. I am presently
Senior Warden for Charles C. Dane Lodge of Georgetown Mass. I am a
recent graduate of Masonic Leadership Institute, and believe it or not
there were several new one day class Master Masons who also graduated
from the Joseph Warren Class.
I will not put down the thought of my other brethren , I will only
offer my comments. I became a Mason first in Star King Lodge in Salem
Mass . I say I became a Mason , because in my opinion you are a Mason
in heart when you first receive light. That night I was truly conducted
by the hands of a friend whom after became my brother . Out of the many
Masons gathered that night he at that time was the only one I knew. He
is now a Past Master of Acacia , such as I have been twice. I took my
Second and Third Degree in my home lodge. The Tyrian Lodge , of which I
became Master of twice . Lodges at that time commonly had about two
hundred and fifty members .Today most lodges on the Cape Ann have an
average of one hundred and fifty. On the percentage most of our lodges
have a 50% membership of over sixty. Respectively we have men in their
later years still in line supporting the lodges.
Getting to the nitty gritty of the Matter.Yes in our Obligations
as Masters and Wardens we must oblige the wisdom of Grand Lodge. It is
my belief that this one day class will benefit Freemasonry. One strange
thing I have noticed is that many lodges have multiplied its membership
, but are still fighting the scye of time. Lodges have the choice of
offering a candidate the one day or the three step way . There are many
men out there ,doctors,lawyers,medical technicians,security guards ,male
nurses,mailmen,hotel clerks, policemen and firemen,who would be able to
become Freemason's Lets give it a chance .
In closing ,I live ,breath, and support Freemasonry.We must in our
wisdom move toward the future
The time has come. In our First Degree Lecture the Junior Warden says,
Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or outer appearance.
Brethren nothing could be truer in my case. I am a brother of thirteen
sisters and brothers. I am a former ward of Massachusetts State Homes.
I lived in ten homes in ten years. I am a former shoe shine boy in
Gloucester Mass. I dropped out of school in the eighth grade. I am
self street raised , but most of all I was watched over , guided, and
street schooled by members of The Tyrian Lodge, which in my youth was
located on Main Street in Gloucester.=20 For eight years I help support
my family. In talking about support isn't it up to us as Masons,and now
Sponsors or Mentors , to see that these future one day class Master
Masons get to learn about his lodge by passing on to him that invitation
to come and sit down next to him as a brother in his lodge
My Brethren you have accepted me as such I now convey to you my
warmest thanks. Before I became a Mason , I was very shy.Freemasonry
has given to me a journey of Historic values as well as the ability to
speak out for the rights and privileges of others as well as the
Fraternally & Sincerely
Brother Peter A.Todd
To: "peter todd" <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: Masonry Question
In-Reply-To: Your message of "Sat, 04 Oct 2003 21:21:52 EDT."
Dear Brother Todd:
First of all:
Is that how a Mason should measure his actions, with "We got away
} The Grand Master was duly elected by his peers.
While, in many states, this is literally true, of course in
Massachusetts it is not. The Grand Master is selected in a secret and
exclusive conclave. It's not necessary to the main point of your
argument, but it is a distinction that should not be blurred.
} Getting to the nitty gritty of the Matter.Yes in our Obligations
} as Masters and Wardens we must oblige the wisdom of Grand Lodge. It is
} my belief that this one day class will benefit Freemasonry. One strange
} thing I have noticed is that many lodges have multiplied its membership
} , but are still fighting the scye of time. Lodges have the choice of
} offering a candidate the one day or the three step way . There are many
} men out there ,doctors,lawyers,medical technicians,security guards ,male
} nurses,mailmen,hotel clerks, policemen and firemen,who would be able to
} become Freemason's Lets give it a chance .
I don't see how just having someone JOIN will help the lodge, IF the
person DOES NOT HAVE TIME to attend his own lodge. These doctors
lawyers firemen security guards lawyers nuclear submarine repairmen and
so on will not suddenly and magically get Extra Time Off From Work just
because they are now Masons.
- If he DOES have time to attend lodge, welcome him to join in the
- If he truly DOES NOT have time to attend lodge, then he is not a
"free-born" master of his own time, which is among the first
requirements of a Mason.
- If he DOES NOT CHOOSE to make the time, then how valuable is
Masonry to him? George Washington and Harry Truman found time to join
the Masons. So did many other "busy" men.
- If our New Member can't attend lodge for his degrees, WHEN will he
attend? If he doesn't ever attend, what does he get out of Masonry,
besides a lapel pin?
Also, and perhaps even more important: if the new One Day Mason does
begin attending his lodge regularly, SO WHAT??!!?? WE have cheated HIM!
We promised him the experience and path of Freemasonry, which for more
than 300 years has meant the experience of personal initiation.
Instead we give him a cheap substitute. And if he doesn't complain, SO
WHAT??!!?? That means that we have cheated him and gotten away with it!
Is that how a Mason should measure his actions, with "We got away
with it!" ??
} In closing ,I live ,breath, and support Freemasonry.We must in our
} wisdom move toward the future
Marching towards a cliff is movement, but it is not a desirable
} The time has come. In our First Degree Lecture the Junior Warden says,
} Freemasonry regards no man for his worldly wealth or outer appearance.
This has nothing to do with "outer appearance" -- it has everything to
do with the inner qualities of desire and will. Many men have _chosen_
and sacrificed other activities to give the needed time to Masonry. The
Grand Lodge insults them every time it refers to these new recruits as
"busy successful men" who "don't have the time" to come into Masonry in
the traditional way. The rest of us, however busy, thought Masonry was
something that was _worth_ our time.
It is NOT these "no-time" McMasons who will be the ruination of our
Craft. (Although they will understand less than nothing about Masonry
and will have no respect for something that they didn't have to exert
themselves for. And if they do begin to understand the solemn beauty of
our traditions, they will resent the Grand Lodge for putting them
through "on the cheap" instead of having the chance to enjoy their own
personal participation in the full ceremonies.)
The ruthless hands of ignorance that will lay waste and destroy our own
spacious and magnificent Temple will be our own leaders, those who chase
and gull these poor fellows.
It's embarrassing (and maybe disgusting?) to see some of our authorities
shilling and begging in the street for more More More MORE MEMBERS like
some carnival barker or door-to-door holy man. I dislike and distrust
the arm-tugging of those proselytizing pestering organizations that seem
willing to take anybody, or at least anybody's wallet.
Is that what Masonry is going to become in these parts?
Is it time to try something new? Why not try something really new and
different -- so that when a friend of Joe Average Mason asks him "So,
what are the Masons?" Joe can answer with something better than, "I
don't know. We have meetings, we have blood drives and a CHIP program,
and everything else is secret." If our current members could give a
better account of themselves, we wouldn't have to be vainly chasing
numbers. How about THAT for "something new"?
Thank you for writing. I hope you will consider some of my points.
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