Tuesday, April 24, 2007
I am still trying to recover from an exhausting Masonic weekend. Starting on Thursday, I was stationed in the east gate, and did a number on a PM's son. After the raising, I met up with 3 PM's, our SD/Treasurer, a FC and an EA to watch our sitting WM's band play a set at a Tavern around the corner from our Temple. We had fellowship until 2:00am! Friday entailed me and the other 3 PM’s working on the temple, watching movies and preparing for our guests to arrive. They arrived around 11:00pm and we proceeded to comb the temple and have Masonic fellowship until 1:30am. Saturday started with a donation to the Prince Halls Female Youth Organization, breakfast with the 3 PM’s and our guests, then back to the temple for setup and fellowship. Brother Peace gave an exceptional speech that was not only informative, but captivating. He has a skill of holding onto ones concentration without boring you. He gave an account of Freemasonry that has not been supported by mainstream media or the supposed Masonic authorities. It was refreshing to hear this, because it made logical sense. New information about the early GL’s and how they operated during the 1700's has been recently released from confiscation, and shed some interesting light on our history.
Fellowship followed again until 1:30am. A PM prepared, cooked and served an incredible pasta dinner for all that was enjoyed by brothers and guests. It was 3 days of late night fellowship, only one small part of it took place within a tiled lodge, my short east gate performance, the rest of the great Masonic experience emanated from a non tiled forum! The fellowship and brotherhood that was exemplified this weekend will have an eternal impact on many lives. The masonry/brotherhood we all experienced cannot be regulated; it cannot be chartered; it cannot be dispensated;
And it cannot be forced. The love and tolerance that was exchanged between brothers (whether recognized or not), unconditionally is what masonry is supposed to be about. Men meeting on the level. There were no aprons brought out to potentially show some inequality in rank, there were no appendant bodies trying to get recognition. It was men only interested in the world of Blue Lodge Masonry. Were ALL men meet on the level.
The knowledge that Brother Peace has on Masonry, the zeal and passion for the fraternity is second to none. I am quite content in the side of the story I have on Brother Jeff Peace being expunged from the records of the GL o Ga without a Masonic trial (which I thought we were all afforded?). Once a mason always a mason. All I know is that any group of masons would benefit from having Brother Peace around, teaching and enlightening the members. Whoever Brother Peace meets with at the present time must be blessed men to be privileged to be exposed to a man with this knowledge and love of the craft. Another humble servant of the craft. Brother Jeff Peace is a mason through and through and no man has the authority to say otherwise.
"And if thou wilt make me an altar of stone, thou shalt not build it of hewn stone(Rough Ashlar): for if thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it(Perfect Ashlar)."
"Judge not, that ye be not judged."
"With all lowliness and meekness, with longsuffering, forbearing one another in love;"
One thing most intelligent, non lemming young men notice right away is hypocrisy and egomaniacs. We come in with humility, and see that the more men climb the Masonic ladder, not Jacobs, ego inflate as well.
Elders of the craft, if you care at all about the future of masonry, smote your ego, and get back to being servants, not tyrants!
"Let nothing be done through strife or vainglory; but in lowliness of mind let each esteem other better than themselves"