What makes something a “ritual?” Is it an evil connotation? Is it something sinister? Why then is Freemasonry considered a ritual practice? How could something so full of moral virtues practice something ritualistic? The use of the word ritual is described as the regular practice of the same … [Read more...] about Why is Freemasonry a Ritual Practice?
A Sojourners post by W. Bro. Rob Lund. Albert Pike once wrote: "Freemasonry is the subjugation of the human that is in man, by the Divine; the conquest of the appetites and the passions, by the Moral Sense and the Reason; a continual effort, struggle, and warfare of the Spiritual against the … [Read more...] about Evidence of Hidden Meaning in Masonic Ritual
I recently received correspondence from old friend, Brother Tim McCurry from Tennessee. He points out a common problem with Mainstream Lodges. That is that Masonic education equals ritual memorization. But all ritual memorization makes you is a parrot and a parrot doesn't think it just mimics. … [Read more...] about From Perception To Knowledge To Wisdom
Recently, I attended an Entered Apprentice degree at a local lodge here in Kansas and was allowed to assist in conducting one of the candidates through the degree. It was an experience that I greatly appreciated and enjoyed. Degree work has been my favorite part of being a Freemason since I was … [Read more...] about Is it time for some national unity among Masons?
Recently, I asked the members of The Euphrates' mailing list to send me any subjects that they would like me to cover in my articles. I received a number of great ideas and am going to work my way through them over the next few months. This week, I'm going to cover a subject that really captured my … [Read more...] about The Lodge as a Sanctum Sanctorum
I have had the pleasure of teaching several Brothers their Masonic catechisms over the years. I find it to be good practice for me and keeps me sharp when I'm called upon to provide assistance in degree work. More importantly, it has offered me an opportunity to get to know some very fine men. Very … [Read more...] about Teaching Masonic Catechisms
What are the most common blunders that occur in the Masonic lodge? They might not be as uncommon as you think. Ritual Without Meaning Too many times, we are more concerned about performing the ritual perfectly without understanding what it means. I know many men that give great lectures, but will … [Read more...] about Seven Blunders of the Masonic World
Memorizing Masonic ritual has long been an important part of carrying on the work of Freemasonry. Those that masterfully perform Masonic lectures have long been revered as prestigious members of the fraternity and have been pointed out as men worthy of emulation. However, while many Masons have … [Read more...] about Learning a Lecture
The other morning, I was enjoying my daily shaving ritual. As I lathered the shaving soap with my badger hair brush and spread the rich, white lather over my jaw, I thought about how my morning shave had become a daily routine of renewal and purification. When I took my razor in hand and removed the … [Read more...] about The Rite of Purification
Our age glories in skepticism and high technology. Science explores every corner of the universe, from the infinitesimal level of subatomic particles to that of the millions of galaxies spreading in an ever expanding universe, overwhelming us with an endless flood of new facts, while imagination is … [Read more...] about The Uses of Ritual and Symbolism