Monday, June 19, 2006


Freemasonry is the oldest, largest
Fraternity in the world. It's members have
included Kings, Presidents, Prime
Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals,
Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate
CEOs, opera stars, movie stars, and
probably, your next door neighbor.
And Masonry is always ready to
welcome good men into the Fraternity. It's
ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart
you can answer "yes" to a few questions.

Do you believe that there is such a
thing as honor, and that a man has a
responsibility to act with honor in
everything he does?

Masons teach that principle. We
believe that a life not founded on honor
is hollow and empty - that a man who
acts without honor is less than a man.

Do you believe in God?

No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do
not care what your individual faith is
that is a question between you and your
God - but we do require that a man believe
in a Supreme Being.

Are you willing to allow others the
same right to their own beliefs that
you insist on yourself?

Masonry insists on toleration - on the
right of each person to think for himself
in religious, social and political matters.

Do you believe that you have a
responsibility to leave the world a better
place than you found it?

Masonry teaches that each man has a
duty not only to himself but to others. We
must do what we can to make the world a
better place. Whether that means cleaning
up the environment,
working on civic projects, or helping
children to walk or read or see - the world
should be a better place because we have
passed through it.

Do you believe that it is not only more
blessed to give than to receive, it's also
more fun?

Masons are involved with the problems
and needs of others because we know it
gives each of us a good feeling - unlike any
other - to help. Much of our help is given
anonymously. We're not after gratitude,
we're more than rewarded by that feeling
which comes from knowing we have helped
another person overcome some adversity,
so that their life can go on.

Are you willing to give help to your
Brothers when they need it, and to
accept their help when you need it?

Masonry is mutual help. Not just
financial help (although that's there too)
but help in the sense of being there
when needed, giving support, lending a
sympathetic ear.

Do you feel that there's something more
to life than just financial success?

Masons know that self-development is
more precious than money in the bank or
social position or political power. Those
things often accompany self-development,
but they are no substitute for it. Masons
work at building their lives and character,
just as a carpenter works at building a

Do you believe that a person should
strive to be a good citizen and that we
have a moral duty to be true to the
country in which we live?

Masons believe that a country is strong
so long as freedom, equality, and the
opportunity for human development is
afforded to all. A Mason is true to his
government and its ideals. He supports its
laws and authority when both are just and
equitably applied. We uphold and maintain
the principles of good government, and
oppose every influence that would divide it
in a degrading manner.

Do you agree that man should show
compassion for others, that goodness of
heart is among the most important of
human values?

Masons do. We believe in a certain
reverence for living things, a tenderness
toward people who suffer. A loving
kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to
do right because it is right. Masonry teaches
that although all men are fallible and
capable of much wrong, when they
discover the goodness of heart, they have
found the true essence of virtue. Masonry
helps men see their potential for deep
goodness and virtue.

Do you believe that men should strive to
live a brotherly life?

Masons see brotherhood as a form of
wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men
together - a private friendship that tells us
we owe it to each other to be just in our
dealings and to refuse to speak evil of each
other. Masons believe a man should
maintain an attitude of good will, and
promote unity and
harmony in his relations with one
another, his family, and his community.
Masons call this way of life believing in
the Brotherhood of Man. It really means
that every Mason makes it his duty to
follow the golden rule. This is why
Masonry has been called one the of
greatest forces for good in the world.


Freemasonry offers much to its
members - the opportunity to grow,
the chance to make a difference, to
build a better world for our children. It
offers the chance to be with and work
with men who have the same values and
idealsmen who have answered "YES" to
these questions.

It's easy to find out more. Just find a
Mason and ask him about Masonry.
You probably know several Masons.
Perhaps you've seen the Square and
Compasses like the one in this brochure
on a pin or tie tack or bumper sticker. If
you know where the lodge is in your
community, stop by or look up the
number of your local Masonic lodge in
the phone book
and ask for the secretary of the lodge.
He'll be happy to help you.

Have you ever considered becoming
a Mason? We'd like a chance to talk
with you.


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