My Dear Brethren,
November tends to actuate our thinking about family and friends, and the lessons about liberty we have achieved in our nation. It is a time of year when we reflect on our armed services and the sacrifices of honored veterans. Long-light days transition to long nights and offers us to pause to give thanks for all of life’s blessings. As Freemasons, we know how critical this season of contemplation is. We are each reminded of the lessons learned from our degrees that importantly center on subduing our passions, circumscribing our desires, and squaring our actions with the principals of morality and virtue.
John F. Kennedy is credited with having said,“as we express our gratitude we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” If we quiet our minds for just a moment to contemplate JFK’s powerful statement, a question that arises for all of us is, do we indeed practice what we preach? Hearing the ritual and even delivering the ritual in our Lodge is not the same as living the ritual. There should be no room for doubt that each of us can improve ourselves in all facets of life. Freemasonry does a fine job on centering its members around the principle of refining internal thoughts to improve outward actions. As someone once said to me, “we often teach best what we most need to learn.”
In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we as Masons make it a point to offer our gratitude to our veterans. To that end, I challenge each of you to meaningfully celebrate Veteran’s Day. While we work in the quarry of self management or personal development, let us remember to take action that adds wealth to the common stock of our community.
I wish you all have a wonderful, prosperous and healthy holiday season.
Sincerely & Most Fraternally,
Nicholas B. DiDolce ∴ Worshipful Master