This story comes from the Concord Monitor story – Make Masons prove they shouldn’t pay from February 10th. New Hampshire Freemasonry wants some relief, tax relief, under the umbrella of being being a charitable organization. The question from the state – how much charity is enough to BE a charity? The push comes from five […]
Interesting video on post modern charity. Philosopher Slavoj Zizek investigates the surprising ethical implications of charitable giving. It makes an interesting case of how charity has changed in modern society.
Without a doubt at the foundation of Masonry is the idea of the Moral Law. Anderson uses the phrase in his Constitution in 1723 without any explanation of what exactly he means in his phrasing of it. And, increasingly, it is being used as a de facto totem of decision making in violation litigation and […]
Charity has existed for as long as man has had enough to share. Compassion is our basic drive to give for those less fortunate than ourselves. Be it alm coins to the poor from the church in the 1500’s or Bill Gates giving 50 Billion dollar checks to foundations to give in his name. The […]
The song bring out the clowns starts to ring in my head when ever I start to think about the Shrine in a large way. Not out of any misanthropy but because of their excellent work and commitment to the happiness and well being of so many children. To say the name of the Shrine […]
An updated version of “The Emperor’s New Clothes” by Hans Christian Andersen Once upon a time there was a Worshipful Master who was so fond of his Lodge that he spent most of his time rehearsing degrees and attending meetings. There was plenty of fun going on in the Lodge where the Master lived. Bills […]
A budget debate in Excelsior Lodge focused on memorial contributions for deceased brethren. In the jurisdiction, it is customary for Lodges to remit a nominal amount as a memorial contribution to the state-wide Masonic charity, and I may reliably report that since time immemorial, that amount has been ten dollars. I know this because several […]
Every once in a while, I’ll meet someone that asks me “So what is a Freemason?” Like most Brothers, I want to tell them how great of an organization is, how it is so important in society, and how much it has enlightened me personally, and usually I do. However, sometimes I feel a bit […]
What are the most common blunders that occur in the Masonic lodge? They might not be as uncommon as you think.