Why did you become a Freemason?
Date: Mon, 30 Jul 2001 16:39:58 EDT
Subject: Why I became a Mason
Well, to start, I became a Mason to become a better man.
We, as men, believe that we are only charged with the care of
ourselves and our families. This, as I found out, is untrue. Masons
believe in charity, community, country, self, and of course, God. We
all have had our rough times in life. Lay-offs, illnesses, those times
where we could not have made it through without support, Masons or not,
we need to lend a helping hand, whenever possible. We also need to make
sure children have life as easy as possible, as to afford them time to
grow and prosper as a human being, again, Masonic families or not.
When I first wanted to become a Mason, I asked my friend Bill, about
what a Mason does. He said to me, "We are men in search of
enlightenment and the chance to better ourselves for our families,
friends, and society, in general."
At the time, he was a middle school teacher in a difficult position,
having twins and a wife to support on a teacher's pay. Not easy, by any
means. Yet here he was, helping the next generation of leaders prosper
into respectable, socially concious, men and women.
I looked at Bill as an exception, rather than the rule, of how a man
should be. I decided I'd like to become a man, just as Bill had, by
going through the process of becoming a Mason.
When the ceremony was over, I looked and saw many men, exactly like
Bill, having taken the same rites and obligations as I just had. That
is why I joined FreeMasonry. Men with a responsibility to lend that
helping hand, whenever and wherever needed.
Englewood Lodge 166
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