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A few weeks ago, my good friend and Brother Bill Hosler made
a good point on the Meet, Act, and Part Podcast. He said we’ve gotten back to “the essence of
Masonry” during this time apart. And I
think he’s right—I think Greg Knott and Darin Lahners who were part of the
conversation would also agree. We’ve
gotten back to what we’re all about just lately. We’re checking in on our older members and
widows like we should have been doing all along. We’re helping each other. We’ve been innovative in ways we haven’t been
in decades. We’ve been creative in ways
we haven’t in generations. We’ve even
found a few tools that exist that will survive a lot longer than this virus will. And the fellowship is actually been stronger
in our absence from one another than it was when we were all together all the
time. I’ve gotten more phone calls and
emails from friends in the last four months than I probably have in the last
four years--a few others I've spoken to have said the same thing.
I hope some of this lasts once the memory of this international “break” in the day-to-day fades from our memory. I hope we all remember just how important Masonry became to us when suddenly it vanished from our lives in a significant way for a time. I hope we remember and appreciate how much our friends mean to us. I hope we remember how much our communities mean to us. I hope we remember what we all did to help each other get through this as Brothers.
It was great walking back in my Lodge again last week. Hearing the all too familiar sounds of laughter coming from the Lodge room. I’ve missed my fraternal family.
Todd E. Creason, 33° is the Founder of the Midnight Freemasons blog, and an award-winning author of several books and novels, including the Famous American Freemasons series. Todd started the Midnight Freemason blog in 2006, and in 2012 he opened it up as a contributor blog The Midnight Freemasons (plural). Todd has written more than 1,000 pieces for the blog since it began. He is a Past Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 and Ogden Lodge No. 754 (IL) where he currently serves as Secretary. He is a Past Sovereign Master of the Eastern Illinois Council No. 356 Allied Masonic Degrees. He is a Fellow at the Missouri Lodge of Research (FMLR). He is a charter member of the new Illinois Royal Arch Chapter, Admiration Chapter No. 282 and currently serves as EHP. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org