WHAT IS A FREEMASON Part 2

WHAT IS A FREEMASON Part 2

WHAT IS A FREEMASON

Source: www.mastermason.com

Freemasonry is the oldest and largest Fraternity in the world. Its members included Kings, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals, Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEO’s, opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your next door neighbor.

  • Masonry is always ready to welcome good men into the Fraternity. It’s ready to welcome YOU, if in your heart you can answer “yes” to a few questions.

Do you believe that there is such a thing as honor and that a man has a responsibility to act with honor in everything he does?

  • Masons teach that principle. We believe that a life not found on honor is hollow and empty-that a man who acts without honor is less than a man.

Do you believe in God?

  • No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care what your individual faith is, that is a question between you and your God, but we do require that a man believe in a Supreme Being.

Are you willing to allow others the same right to their beliefs that you insist on yourself?

  • Masonry insists on toleration – on the right of each person to think for himself in religious, social and political matters.

Do you believe that you have a responsibility to leave the world a better place that you found it?

  • Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not only to himself but to others. We must do what we can to make the world a better place. Whether that means cleaning up the environment, working on civic projects, or helping children to walk or read or see – the world should be a better place because we passed through it.

Do you believe that it is not only more blessed to give than to receive?

  • Masons are involved with the problems and needs of others because we know it gives each of us a good feeling – unlike any other – to help. Much of our help is given anonymously. We’re not after gratitude, we’re more than rewarded by that feeling which comes from knowing we have helped another person overcome some adversity, so that their life can go on.

Are you willing to give help to your Brothers when they need it, and to accept their help when you need it?

  • Masonry is mutual help. Not just financial help (although that’s there too) but help in the sense of being there when needed, giving support, lending a sympathetic ear.

Do you believe there is more to life than just financial success?

  • Masons know that self-development is more precious than money in the bank or social position or political power. Those things often accompany self-development. But they are no-substitute for it. Masons work at building their lives and character, just as a carpenter works at building a house.

Do you believe that a person should strive to be a good citizen and that we have a moral duty to be true to the country in which we live?

  • Masons believe that a country is strong as long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity for human development are afforded to all. A Mason is true to his government and its ideals. He supports its laws and authority when both are just and equitably applied. We uphold and maintain the principals of good government, and oppose every influence that would divide it in a degrading manner.

Do you agree that man should show compassion to others, that goodness of heart is among the most important of human values?

  • Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence for living things, a tenderness toward people who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow man, and a desire to do right because it is right. Masonry teaches that although all men are fallible and capable of much wrong, when they discover the goodness of heart, they have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry helps men see their potential for deep goodness and virtue.

Do you believe that men should strive to live a brotherly life?

  • Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom, a sort of bond that holds men together – a private friendship that tells us, that we owe it to each other to be just in our dealing and to refuse to speak evil of each other. Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude of good will, and promote unity and harmony in his relations with one another, his family, and his community. Masons call this way of live believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really means that every Mason makes it his duty to follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry has been called one of the greatest forces for good on the world.

If you answer “yes,” you should consider becoming a Mason.

  • Freemasonry offers much to its members – the opportunity to grow, the chance to make a difference, to build a better world for our children. It offers a chance to be with and work with men who have the same values and ideals – men who have answered “YES” to these questions.

It’s easy to find out more. Just find a Mason and ask him about Masonry. You probably know several Masons. Perhaps you’ve seen the Square and Compasses like the one on this page or on a pin, tie tack, or bumper sticker. If you know where the lodge is in your community, stop by or look up the number of your local Masonic lodge in the phone book and ask for the secretary of the lodge. He’ll be happy to help you.

Have you ever considered becoming a Mason? We’d like a chance to talk with you. Visit www.carmel421.com.

 

Resource: www.mastermason.com

 

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DREAMS

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Carmel Lodge #421

Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 has a reputation as an open, welcoming Masonic lodge. We continue to attract both new members and transfers. Many lodge members, who haven’t been regularly attending lodge, find the friendly and active atmosphere at “421” results in a desire to attend more often, get more involved in degree work, or simply come out and join us at the next fun social.

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John Crow Dog
John Crow Dog
12:50 08 Aug 18
Wonderful Brotherhood the camaraderie is top-tier
Nathan Weaver
Nathan Weaver
17:10 08 Jul 17
How do I join
Brian Ross
Brian Ross
23:44 05 May 18
Fun group of people to hang out with.
Michael Langdon
Michael Langdon
22:29 10 Sep 22
Very good food for breakfast, on the 2nd Saturday of the month, 7-10:30
Jeff Conrad
Jeff Conrad
18:18 11 Apr 22
An excellent group of people! Welcoming, fun and civic-minded.
Dave Philpott
Dave Philpott
21:20 08 Apr 22
Masonry seeks to "make good men better." Carmel Masonic Lodge #421 is an excellent representation of what Masonry is all about. If you are interested in joining the Masons, you should ask a Mason about becoming a Mason. Potential members are... required to be male, at least 18 years of age, hold a belief in God, are of good moral character, and have resided in Indiana for at least 6 months. Check? Then you petition (via a member) and then can discover all the "secrets" of Masonry, make a ton of new friends, have a lot of fun, and do some good works for your fraternal brothers and the community!read more
Matt Lackner
Matt Lackner
12:52 02 Oct 20
Nice building and warmly welcomed by my brothers there. Happy that I could help our brothers welcome some friends into our fraternity.
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