| Master's Message —
|“Brethren, we are now about to quit this sacred retreat of friendship and virtue, to mix again with the world.”
Brethren All, I bid you greetings from the East!
As we prepare for our summer break, I wish to thank each member and friend of Matawan Lodge #192 for your labors, your attention, your dedication, your respect, and your service to the Brethren. For we know a Lodge is not its walls but its bonds of friendship and Brotherly Love.
As we prepare for our summer break, I commend you for your Diligence, Prudence, and Temperance through our first half of this year. “Masonic Fatigue” has mounted and yet we have persevered.
As we prepared for our summer break, I ask that you forget not the duties you have heard for frequently mentioned in Lodge and continue to be the Light that makes you a Mason, to be the Light that you aspire to be as a Mason, to be the Light that others are drawn to as a Mason.
As we prepare for our summer break, I ask that you look inward and reflectively ask yourself if you are the Brother that needs to be reminded of his failings. Are you really exercising and promoting Faith, Hope and Charity? Are you promoting Brotherly Love? Are you suggesting the most charitable judgments of your Brothers in your mind and through the spoken word?
My Brothers, at this Altar you PROMISED… Is that a promise kept or a promise lost?
I extend to each of you my Right Hand with Love and Peace and wish you and your families an amazing time of reflection and refreshment.
|Cordially & Fraternally,
|Worshipful Master, 2019
by Bro. Carl W. Mason
A Mason's hand is a hand that helps,
That lifts the fallen one,
That comes, in need, with a kindly deed
To him whose strength is gone.
A Mason's heart is a heart that loves
The best that is good and true
He stands the friend, his best to lend,
Under his banner blue.
A Mason's eye is an eye that smiles
And his a cheering voice;
He spreads the light, dispels the night
And makes the world rejoice.
Over the earth in stranger lands,
Where distant peoples dwell,
The eye, the grip, the life, the lip,
Of love unchanging tell.
George Washington’s Rules of Civility and
Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation