An Obligation For Fathers
Once again Father’s Day has rolled around again
like it does every year. The question comes to mind – Is this just another day
to boost the greeting card and restaurant business? Or does it perhaps have
some special significance to Freemasons?
Are we not one of the few social/charitable
organizations that binds its membership with a strong moral message? Doesn’t
that distinguish Freemasonry above and beyond what constitutes most groups and
societies? Do we not tout ourselves, as Freemasons, that we make good men
better? Perhaps then family values are also among the many virtues that
Will you take the
FATHERHOOD PLEDGE then today?
Reprinted with permission from Dr. Brother
Gerry L. White, LMSW, PHD author of The Pledge and additional words by Brother
|Brothers, many times
when we say that Masonry is a beautiful system of morality veiled
in allegory and illustrated through signs and symbols…we forget
the key word is Morality.
I have grown so much since I was raised in 1994, that the
teachings of this institution take a greater and deeper meaning in
my life more and more. My lodge Brother is a licensed social
worker and family therapist and he developed an Obligation for
Fathers; Hope it helps you like it has me:
OF CARING, COMMITMENT AND
“YOU” A New Father
I ___________PLEDGE TO BE A CARING,
COMMITTED AND CONSISTENT FATHER, GRANDFATHER, UNCLE, CO-PARENT OR ANY
IN THE LIFE OF MY CHILD(REN).
AS A CARING FATHER,
PLEDGE TO SHOW UNCONDITIONAL LOVE TOWARDS MY
CHILD(REN). TO ADMIT WHEN I’M WRONG OR MAKE MISTAKES, AND INSTILL DISCIPLINE
AND REASONABLE CONSEQUENCES SHOULD MY CHILD(REN) BEGIN TO GO ASTRAY.
AS A COMMITTED FATHER
PLEDGE TO DEDICATE MYSELF TO THE WELL BEING,
EMOTIONAL, EDUCATIONAL AND SPIRITUAL DEVELOPMENT OF MY FAMILY; TO AVOID,
WHENEVER POSSIBLE, MAKING COMMITMENTS I CAN NOT KEEP, AND TO KEEP COMMITMENTS
THAT I MAKE;
BE IT FINANCIAL, ATTENDING SCHOOL FUNCTIONS OR
ANY OTHER CHILD RELATED ACTIVITY I’VE AGREED TO ATTEND; AND TO COMMIT MYSELF
TO ESTABLISHING AND/OR MAINTAINING A POSITIVE WELL FOCUSED RELATIONSHIP WITH
AS A CONSISTENT FATHER
PLEDGE TO BE A CONSTANT FIGURE IN THE LIFE OF
MY CHILD(REN) REGARDLESS OF MY EMPLOYMENT STATUS, FINANCIAL STATUS OR
RELATIONSHIP WITH THOSE AROUND THEM.
FOR I UNDERSTAND THAT CARING AND COMMITMENT IS
MEANINGLESS WITHOUT CONSISTENCY.
I MAKE THIS PLEDGE FREELY AND WILLINGLY
EYES OF GOD, GUEST WHO ARE IN
AND MY FELLOW FATHERS WHO ARE DEDICATED
TO A LIFETIME OF CARING, COMMITMENT AND CONSISTENCY.
Dr. Gerry L. White, LMSW, Ph.D.
W. C. Thomas Lodge #112 MWPHGL GA
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