OCTOBER 1947 - Grand Lodge of Manitoba
No man has a mind big enough, quick enough, open
enough, to absorb and understand in an evening, even the
introduction to what Freemasonry knows; not in a month of
evenings. No degree, no matter how impressively delivered,
can possibly take him far along this road. All that the E.A.
degree can do is to point the way, and give the seeker
sustenance by which he may travel.
And equally true it is that while men do receive the degrees
of Freemasonry at the hands of their brethren, there is no
Freemasonry in a man's heart if he is not willing to sacrifice
some time, give some effort, some study, ask some
questions, digest some philosophy, to make it truly his own.
The candidate is designated an Entered Apprentice because we have conferred the initiatory degree, in which he took a
central part. No man however, can in reality be "Entered" unless he is willing to enter.
In the character of a candidate you were brought into a large
place - a very large place - a universal brotherhood.
Henceforth a pathway lies before you, and whether you will
travel blindly or not, depends only and wholly upon you.
As a newly initiated craftsman you should ask yourself this
question, "Have I become a real Freemason, or merely
joined the Lodge as another member?"
An Entered Apprentice is barely born, Masonically. He must
learn and learn well, if he is to enter into his heritage. That
which is worth having is worth working for. Experience in life
teaches that what comes without labor turns soon to ashes
in the mouth. Without labor there can be no rest; without
work there can be no vacation: without pain there can be no
pleasure; without sorrow there is no joy.
You have crossed the threshold of a very old and very
ancient craft. What you do in the future, and how well you
learn the lessons taught you as an Entered Apprentice, will
be the yardstick by which your craftsmanship is measured.
In your Lodge you will find faithful brethren ready and willing
to help you, on your journey. In your Masonic Library you will
find a literature replete with the story of Freemasonry, and
these books may be borrowed simply by asking for them.
These observations have been prepared, from one of our
Library books written by Carl H. Claudy, and most of his
writings can be found on the shelves in the Library.