|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 2, 2009 at 7:28 PM||comments (0)|
WHAT MAKES A MAN A MASON?
George M. Free
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 2, 2009 at 3:19 PM||comments (0)|
Congratulations again to our new Master Masons on your raising, I thought this poem would be perfect for the occasion.
Last Night I knelt where Hiram knelt.By
Pat M. Armstrong Last night I knelt where Hiram knelt
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 2:10 PM||comments (0)|
She's cleaning out his closet; it's not the first time that she tried,
But this time she's going to do it; it's been six months since he died.
She can smell her husband's after shave, he'd always used Old Spice;
She remembers how he loved her so, and made their life so nice.
"Is this what life is all about? If it is, it feels like hell
To search my husband's closet and decide if he'd done well.
If he hadn't been a Mason we'd have had a few more bucks; He would not have bought this Shrine fez; he would not have owned this tux.
"I'll give his ties to our son-in-law, the suits to the corner Goodwill.
It's hard for me to remember he's gone; it seems like he's with me still.
"If he hadn't been a Mason would our time have been less grand?
Would I still have given my life to him when he asked me for my hand?
"Here's his Masonic pocket watch; every hour it would chime
When he was with his brothers, he was always home on time.
And here's his Scottish Rite ring, and here's his York Rite pin;
Oh how I miss his laughter, oh how I miss his grin.
"And to me a list of promises; an odd thing for him to save;
I think I'll ask about it, the next time I visit his grave.
He had always kept his word to me; he would never cheat or lie;
I thought he'd live forever, I thought he'd never die.
"And here's his coded ritual with its secrets locked inside;
And here's his clean white apron! We couldn't find it when he died.
And here's his dad's Masonic pin; I'll keep it just in case,
So when our son is older, he might take his father's place.
I remember at the funeral his brothers held me snug -
Where are all those Masons now I could use just one more hug?
Did the fact he was a Mason make him a better man?
Did Masonic obligations make him follow some life's plan?"
She was doing her spring cleaning, just like she always had,
But this year is for remembering, this year is more than sad.
Did it really make him better? It is hard to understand,
But he had become a Mason; and he was a better man
You just know she'll keep a few things; his apron, that list, and his ring;
And you know that she'll remember him, while cleaning every spring.
Courtesy: W:. Mitch Leiberman, West Broward Lodge.
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 10:48 AM||comments (0)|
South Miami Lodge will hold the annual picnic
When: Saturday April 11 2009.
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on April 1, 2009 at 10:21 AM||comments (0)|
Great MM Degree yesterday, 4 Brothers were raised, particularly touching to me is when generations interact Masonically in the Lodge, we had Father raising his son and sons raising his fathers.
The Ritual work was exemplary as it is the case in South Miami Lodge, due to the dedication of all members and officers, special recognition is due to our J. W. Phil Perez and S. W. Sergio Perez who presided in the East in the First and Second sections respectively, our Marshall, S.D., J.D., S.S., J.S., Tyler and pro temping Chaplain all did phenomenal work.
We were also blessed by the present and participation of our Past Masters, W:. Young, W:. Simpson, W:. Stoodt, W:. Brown, R:. W:. Rosean and R:. H:. Fleites. Also all the Brothers (Members and Visiting) about 40 gave credence to our Masonic Brotherly Love.
South Miami Lodge is vibrant and growing through love and dedication, share some time with us if within the length of you Cable-Tow.
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 27, 2009 at 3:31 PM||comments (0)|
Freemasons have for different branches of their Order mottoes, which are placed on their banners or put at the head of their documents, which are expressive of the character and design, either of the whole Order or of the particular branch to which the motto belongs. [Mackey’s Encyclopedia, p. 684.]
1395 Ancient Craft Masonry (Ordo ab Chao) (Order out of Chaos)
1472 London Company of Freemasons (God is our Guide).
1677 London Company of Masons (In Deo fiducia vinces) (In the Lord is all our Trust)
1717 Premier Grand Lodge of Freemasons (In Deo fiducia vinces) (In the Lord is all our Trust).
1751 Ancient Grand Lodge (Holiness to the Lord)
1740s Mark Master (Lapis reprobatus caput anguli) ([the] stone [which was] rejected [has become] the head[stone] of the corner [Acts 4:11])
1783 Capitular Masonry (Kodesh Layehovah Exodus 29:30) (Holiness to the Lord)
1780 Templar Masonry (In hoc signo vinces) (By this sign thou shalt conquer)
1802 Scottish Rite (Lux e tenebris) (Light out of darkness)
1815 UGLE coat of arms (Kodes la Adonai) (Holiness to the Lord [Exodus 28:36])
( Audi, Vide, Tace "Audi, vide, tace, si vis vivere in pace)
(Hear, see, be silent if you would live in peace)
1855 Scottish Rite, 14° (Virtus junxit, mors non separabit) (Virtue has united, death shall not separate)
Scottish Masonry 30° (Ne plus ultra) (Nothing more beyond)
Scottish Masonry 32° (Spes mea in Deo est) (My hope is in God)
Scottish Masonry 33° (Deus meumque Jus) (God and my right)
A. & A. S. R. S. J. (Dieu et mon Droit) (God and my right)
1865 Order of the Red Cross (Magna est Veritas, et praevalabit) (Great is truth, and it will prevail)
(Pulsanti Operietur) (to him who knocks it shall be opened)
G. O. D. (acronym) (Gomer, Oz, Dabar) (Wisdom, Strength and Beauty)
(Bene agere et laetari) (Do good cheerfully)
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 25, 2009 at 2:26 PM||comments (0)|
"In the Entered Apprentice's Degree the initiate is taught the necessity of a belief in God; of charity toward all mankind, "more especially a brother Mason"; of secrecy; the meaning of brotherly love; the reasons for relief; the greatness of truth; the advantages of temperance; the value of fortitude; the part played in Masonic life by prudence, and the equality of strict justice. He is charged to be reverent before God, to pray to Him for help, to venerate Him as the source of all that is good. He is exhorted to practice the Golden Rule and to avoid excesses of all kinds. He is admonished to be quiet and peaceable, not to countenance disloyalty and rebellion, to be true and just to government and country, to be cheerful under its laws. He is charged to come often to lodge but not to neglect his business, not to argue about Freemasonry with the ignorant but to learn Masonry, from Masons, and once again to be secret. Finally he is urged to present only such candidates as he is sure will agree to all that he has agreed to."
From: Introduction to Freemasonry. By Carl H. Claudy.
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 25, 2009 at 8:18 AM||comments (0)|
A MASON'S PRAYER
Architect Supreme, bend me to Thy will.
Draw Thy plans on the trestle-board of my heart
And commit me to thy builder's wisdom.
Shape Thou the structure of my life
into a temple of character
-a fortress of manhood
-a stronghold of justice.
Lead me in the paths of truth
-O Grand Master of the Universe,
That my thoughts and deeds
may bring honor to Thy cause.
Teach me that Charity will endureth all things,
And temper my passion in Thy Holy fire.
Circumscribe and keep me within Thy laws,
And when it is appointed for me to judge,
Let me cleave to the plumbline of Thy divine righteousness.
Grand me fortitude to bear my sufferings by myself,
And when my travels are ended,
Take Thou this rough ashlar of mortality
into Thy kingdom of Eternal Light.
Amen. So mote it be.
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 23, 2009 at 5:34 PM||comments (0)|
As you all know we have 2 very special "angels" young men in my life, Brandon and Blaize. The boys go to a wonderful, specialized school Neva King Cooper Educational Center, which loves them and takes such good care of them, along with 100 other angels. Their school is in much need of supplies, materials and equipment for these children. Resources are very limited so all donations are welcome and greatly appreciated. If you would like to donate to the school please press on the link in the subject line, it should take you right there. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Please feel free to share with friends and family.
Kelly Ann and Peter Warwar
|Posted by Sam Salama P.M. on March 22, 2009 at 7:18 PM||comments (0)|
Yesterday, over a hundred brothers, family and friends enjoyed a great feast hosted by South Miami Rainbow Assembly with the support of Brothers of our Lodge.
The food was excellent and the fellowship was even greater.
This is an annual event, if you have not attended, you missed out on a great gathering and meal.