I have a question for us all to consider: Are we, as Masons, giving due attention to living as just and upright men? It seems simple – perhaps elementary, even – to conduct ourselves in a manner befitting our position during our lodge meetings. However, one we leave the lodge room, how quickly we forget the tenets we have just heard recommended to our consideration!
As family men, are we applying our working tools to our wives and children? Are we properly subduing our passions, or are we giving in to the daily stresses of the day?
As professionals, are we industrious, diligent, and dependable? Are we treating our superiors and subordinates fairly, daily squaring our actions by the Square of Virtue?
Brethren, in our quest to become men of impeccable character, we must pursue the virtues of Masonry with unwavering tenacity! Settling for “good enough” won’t convince the world of Masonry’s good effects, nor will our substandard efforts produce anything other than mediocrity.
Our task is great. But take heart, brethren! We have been given great tools – tools that are able to polish the rough ashlars of our lives. Let us daily commit ourselves to the cause of Masonry and never swerve from our duty to the Craft.
Right Worshipful Grand Orator
Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of F&A.M of Alabama