Recently, a good friend and brother, as well as a huge supporter of this blog, Jim Licquia, shared a little snippet he had found entitled: "What Freemasonry Expects of You". Jim thought it might make a good article, and I accepted the challenge to write one about it. I have no idea who the original author is, but for your enlightenment, I share the snippet below:
What Freemasonry Expects of You...
In asking Freemasonry to share with you its past, present, and future
You must bear in mind that the relationship is a reciprocal one.
As a Freemason, certain things are expected of you.
The calling of a Freemason is a high one, and your personal conduct should always reflect this.
Loyalty to home, to country, and to the Fraternity is expected of you at all times.
Patriotism is a duty. You should not approve of disloyalty or rebellion.
Freemasonry stands for liberty, equality, and fraternity. Not only for other Masons but for all humanity.
Freedom of thought, speech, and action is supported by Freemasons so far as it is not incompatible with the rights of others.
Every Freemason is the enemy of ignorance, bigotry, oppression, superstition, and all mental and spiritual darkness.
A Mason champions the cause of the widow, the fatherless, the weak, and the oppressed.
He challenges the arbitrary assumption by anyone of the power to dictate any group or individual's actions, beliefs, and destinies.
These time-honored virtues so cherished by our forefathers are still relevant.
Humility, patience, charity, and gentleness are among the hallmarks of purity and integrity of character.
That is what Freemasonry expects of you.