A group of Master Masons talk about topics of Masonic interest--each from their own unique perspective. You'll find a wide range of subjects including history, trivia, travel, book reviews, great quotes, and hopefully a little humor as well on topics of interest for Freemasons and those interested in the subject of Freemasonry.
A few days ago I was driving through a neighboring town to
run some errands.As I passed by the
Masonic temple a mural on the side of the building caught my eye.
I have seen this image a hundred times on the internet.A composite of famous Freemasons gathered
together in a painting. Movie stars, politicians scientists and cowboys with
one thing in common, during their life they had all been members of the
craft.I smiled as I drove by the
building. A warm feeling was inside me because I too was a member of that
Fraternity of great men.As I was
driving my mind began to wander.The
reason that mural existed was to show the outside world the great men who once
were Freemasons and encourage them to ask for a petition.It’s a great source of pride for us who are
members and a great recruiting tool but that mural only tells part of the
story.There are other “Great Masons” we
For every Famous Mason on that mural there are several
thousand unsung great Masons who serve this Fraternity every day without
thoughts of honors or pay of any kind.
Brother John Smith comes into the temple twice a week to clean
the building.Several hours a week he
sweeps floors, cleans the restrooms, restocks the supplies and makes sure
everything is spotless so when the members arrive the place looks and smells
good.Brother Smith does such a good job
no one ever thinks it ever gets dirty.
Worshipful Brother Marty Jones.Marty works with the new members helping them
learn their work. He is very patient with the newly obligated Brothers,
listening to their repeat the same phrases over and over, helping them with
their pronunciation.Most of all giving
them encouragement and answering the questions they might have.
Brother Gordon Brown.Brother Brown retired from his job a few years ago and felt something
lacking in his life. Gordon began volunteering at the local Veterans hospital
though the Masonic Service Association helping recuperating veterans write
letters, talking to them and providing comfort for those who served their
hundreds of examples of these unsung “Great Masons” throughout the world.Each one doing the small things that combined
together, like the stones of Solomon’s temple, build Freemasonry into a
beautiful edifice which unites us into that band of Brothers without the
thought of thanks or honors.These men
are the true “Masonic secrets”
Bro. Bill Hosler PM
raised in 2002 in Three Rivers lodge #733 in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He
served as master of the lodge in 2007 and was a member of the Internet
committee for the Grand Lodge of Indiana F&AM. Bill
is currently a member of Roff lodge #169 in Roff, Oklahoma and Lebanon
lodge #837 in Frisco, Texas he is also a 32° Scottish Rite Mason within
the Fort Wayne, Indiana Valley AASR NMJ. Bill has also served as High priest of Fort
Wayne Chapter #19 Royal Arch masons and Commander of Fort Wayne
Commandery #4 Knights Templar and the Webmaster and magazine editor for
Mizpah Shrine in Fort Wayne, Indiana.