Number 272 – April 05, 2010
Dear Masonic Student,
Below is another essay by our Late Brother Dewey H. Wolstein, PGM of the Grand Lodge of Georgia
Degrees and Life
By M.W. Brother Dewey H. Wolstein
WE CANNOT introduce innovations in Masonry. How-ever, this does not mean that we cannot put something of ourselves into Masonry. It is the responsibility and duty of everyone who has a part in conferring the de-grees to not only speak the words but to deliver their meanings. His own heart must reach the heart of the candidate. Together with the words there must be a feeling that the lessons are not related to life, but are life.
Moral lessons are taught men by good mothers and good fathers. Men are morally qualified before they are qualified to become Masons. The great purpose of Masonry then is to make possible a system of moral development which will widen the path of improve-ment. When the lessons of Masonry fail in the objective of creating a living philosophy, a philosophy that helps to make life a richer, fuller experience, then the greatest good is lost.
A great poem becomes even greater when one takes the time and effort to study the state of mind of the author, and to more clearly understand the thought and inspiration behind the printed words.
So it is with the lessons of Masonry. We must take that which is warm, pulsating, alive, and drive it into the heart of the candidate.
Words to live by: Take good hold of instruction and don’t let her go, keep her for she is your life..
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