Masonry promised me nothing except opportunity for mental
and spiritual growth and the
opportunity to be serviceable to God and man.
I came of my own free will and accord as all men in all ages
have done. I was received as all others
have been received in the ages past.
I learned that Masonry is interested in the character of man
in man as a thinking, feeling being.
I learned that Masonry is not religion in the sense that we
think of the church but that it is a form
of worship and the true ally of all religions. I found that
one grows stronger in his own religion,
whatever it may be, as the result of Masonry.
I learned the real meaning of moral and spiritual teachings
of charity, and that one’s integrity of
mind and soul is the most precious possession. All that I
had learned before was enhanced by the
manner in which Masonry teaches sublime lessons.
About me I see brothers, some young in Masonry, others who
have been Masons for many years.
Toward all I feel a bond of friendship and fellowship which
is indescribable. To have the
confidence of such a group of brothers, and to know that you
are joined to them by immutable
bonds, as you are to every Mason in the world, is indeed a
All of this I learned; and I learned as well, that to
maintain and to perpetuate all that I have
received, I must give back my best to Masonry and to
The trowel is an instrument made use of by operative masons
to spread the cement which unites the
building into one common mass. But we, as Free and Accepted
Masons, are taught to make use of it for the
more noble and glorious purpose of spreading the cement of
brotherly love and affection – that cement
which unites us into one sacred band, or society of friends
and brothers, among whom no contention
should ever exist, but that noble contention, or rather
emulation, of who best can work and best agree.
Courtesy of “Stones From The Quarries", published by the
Special Education and Development Task Force of the United Supreme Grand
Chapter of NSW, Australia