Allow me to begin this message by extending my gratitude to all of you my Brothers; whose Masonic work continues outside the walls of our Masonic Temple, even in the months when we go dark, especially in times of crisis. The tenets of Freemasonry are ethical principles that are acceptable to all good men. It teaches tolerance toward all mankind, and it consists of men bound together by bonds of Brotherly Love and Affection. These are simply signposts that keep reminding us our duties when life present us with challenges, adversities, and it is in those times when you should always go back to our basic teachings, Brotherly Love, Relief, and Truth.
Speaking about Brotherly Love, what an amazing time we had at our picnic back in July; thank you all again for participating, for collaborating, and for just enjoy the wonderful time together as a big Masonic Family.
It’s unbelievable how time flies, Summer is almost over, and it’s time to resume our Masonic Labor. Using the words of Nathaniel Hawthorne “Time flies over us, but leaves its shadow behind”. Nothing stays undone. As we continue our Masonic Journey throughout life, let me remind you that we, as Freemasons, are taught to always strive to square and polish our rough ashlar, our own lives are like raw stones waiting to be worked on, and it’s imperative to make our best efforts to continue our personal growth, always aiming to become a better man, a better husband, a better father, a better human being.
I’ll share something interesting I came across this Summer; Suzuki Roshi, a Zen Master in the Japanese tradition wrote what it seems to be his only English Calligraphy work: “Do not say too late.“ It’s a remarkably simple phrase. But, it’s a phrase pregnant with hope, encouragement, and even comfort. We all know there is a clock ticking in our lives, it’s just that the older one gets, the more one becomes aware of its sound.
But, Suzuki’s admonition, spoken gently but firmly, it reminds me that whatever time we have left on this earth, it isn’t too late for us to learn new things, become more compassionate, reconcile with someone we have wounded or who might have wounded us. It isn’t too late for us to explore new places—both within us and without. It isn’t too late for us to write something meaningful—even if it’s just meaningful to a few people. It isn’t too late to pay a visit to an old Brother, or visit a sick Brother at the hospital. Let us not cling to time, nor to “being too busy” to extend our help to those who need it. At the end, if you meditate upon it, our job as humans is to help each other.
As we begin our Masonic Labor this September, I have the pleasure to invite you all to our regular communication meeting, where we have prepared a special program by Karin Sprague, a Stone Carver and owner of Karin Sprague Stone Carvers located in Scituate, RI. She’ll be giving a talk about what she calls “The Art of Remembering”, teaching us about the process of modern Stone Carving.
Brethren, our regular meetings should leave some kind of teaching behind, whether is in the form of words, or a kind gesture toward another Brother. I encourage you also to bring your questions and concerns to our Lodge, only by deeply listening can we find solutions, if you formulate the right questions, we’ll find the right answers.
Please send your R.S.V.P. for dinner since we’ll be having home made Lasagna (meat and Vegetarian), salad and fresh bread.
Invite other Brothers if you can, let’s bring those Brothers who have been absent for a while back into our Lodge, let’s work together, after all, this is our Craft.
Javier R. Alfonzo