Masonry promised me nothing except opportunity for mental and spiritual growth and the

opportunity to be serviceable to God and man.

I came of my own free will and accord as all men in all ages have done. I was received as all others

have been received in the ages past.

I learned that Masonry is interested in the character of man in man as a thinking, feeling being.

I learned that Masonry is not religion in the sense that we think of the church but that it is a form

of worship and the true ally of all religions. I found that one grows stronger in his own religion,

whatever it may be, as the result of Masonry.

I learned the real meaning of moral and spiritual teachings of charity, and that one’s integrity of

mind and soul is the most precious possession. All that I had learned before was enhanced by the

manner in which Masonry teaches sublime lessons.

About me I see brothers, some young in Masonry, others who have been Masons for many years.

Toward all I feel a bond of friendship and fellowship which is indescribable. To have the

confidence of such a group of brothers, and to know that you are joined to them by immutable

bonds, as you are to every Mason in the world, is indeed a priceless privilege.

All of this I learned; and I learned as well, that to maintain and to perpetuate all that I have

received, I must give back my best to Masonry and to Society.



The trowel is an instrument made use of by operative masons to spread the cement which unites the

building into one common mass. But we, as Free and Accepted Masons, are taught to make use of it for the

more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of brotherly love and affection – that cement

which unites us into one sacred band, or society of friends and brothers, among whom no contention

should ever exist, but that noble contention, or rather emulation, of who best can work and best agree.

Courtesy of “Stones From The Quarries", published by the Special Education and Development Task Force of the United Supreme Grand Chapter of NSW, Australia



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