It’s a great honor to be part of Freemasonry, but it’s a greater honor to be part of the line of officers in Redwood Lodge. Freemasonry in Rhode Island has a tremendous history, and we should see this, as part of our growth and experience without attaching to ideals.
The world is constantly changing, the natural laws of impermanence permeates everything around us, and it’s a sign for us to learn to enjoy our experiences to the fullest, always remembering that our time in this earth is limited. Redwood Lodge doesn’t escape from this changing, and the proof is within our brethren, within our leaders. Every year a new Master takes the oath or obligation, and is elected to rule and govern the lodge for a particular period of time, year after year, decade after decade, century after century; the time has arrived for me, and I will work diligently and sincerely to aid and assist our brethren in all our noble undertakings.
Writing this message to all our brethren with good thoughts in mind, I feel grateful for my roots, I feel grateful for my ancestors, I feel grateful for my past, and with gratitude towards all the human beings I’ve met so far, and all the human beings I am yet to meet, for they only bring more joy and experiences to my humble life. Now, it’s time to repay to those who believed and keep believing in me; and a special thanks goes with all my gratitude to the Brother that believed in me 8 years ago and brought me into Redwood Lodge, Brother Bob Franchetti. Thank you Bob.
Robert Farley, an English poet in the 1600, said: “Charity is a blessing chance to serve others. Think of the service you may render, not of serving self alone, think of happiness of others, and in this you will find your own”. “Together action” is a phrase we continuously focus in Zen practice, and it means to work together for the benefit of others, putting down all our selfish desires, all our self-centeredness, all our opinions, without discrimination, without any personal gain, just... “How may I help you?”.
A passage from the bible in Corinthians 13:13 says: “And now abideth faith, hope, charity (love), these three; but the greatest of these is charity (love). Charity will be our great focus, and together with all our officers will improve our charity work this year, for Charity extends beyond the grave, through the boundless realms of eternity. In conclusion, this proves again and again my Brothers, that Charity is the most important virtue in Masonry, and all Freemasons should continue to practice this regularly for the benefit of all sentient beings.
Javier R. Alfonzo