Number 307 – December 06, 2010
Dear Masonic Student, The essay below was written by our late Brother Dewey Wollstein, who at the time was the editor of the Masonic Messenger of the Grand Lodge of GA. It comes from a book of his essays titled “Rays of Masonry”, which was published in 1953. His message to us today is just as important as it was when he wrote it. Like the Masons of the 40’s and 50’s who read what he wrote, we have the opportunity and the responsibility to make the future of Masonry sound, so that it will be vibrant and relevant for the Masons of the future – a great number of which are yet to be born. We Masons of today need to have a vision that extends for at least the next 60 years. I’m sure you’ll get a lot to think about from our Most Worshipful Brothers message to us. – Ed
We Must Make the Future
By Dewey H. Wollstein, PGM of the Grand Lodge A.F. & A. M. of Georgia
A great deal is being written of Masonry’s part in the future. It seems that we often travel a circuitous route to arrive at some conclusion that should be found very close to home. There are two points to consider.
The influence of Masonry—its value to society—and the efforts that we as individual Masons are willing to extend in order to continue to make Masonry a vital, living power. Let us no longer dwell on what is going to happen to Masonry in the future. Let us dwell on how we will make a world which will naturally seek an institution that has been throughout the ages the stronghold of Brotherhood.
Masonry, through Masons, doing, living and expounding the principles of our Institution will create a decent future. Masonry with the courage to carry the Banner of Freedom, of Tolerance, of Justice, will march forward into the future that it made for the benefit of all people. The challenge is here. Masonry is not caught in the grip of conflicting economic theories. Our Institution has espoused the cause of Man, not of groups. Masonry has taught a Universal Religion, not a narrow dogma. Masonry has made the plane upon which all men may meet on the level of equality. Unless Masonry’s place be secure in the future, there is no future.
The future is being made today. If a world is being made in which there are only dollar and machine values, a world in which culture and dignity are no longer factors, a world in which sound morality has no market, then we must bestir ourselves in order to bring about a future that will insure Masonry’s place.
We must not be content to see what the future will bring. We must create it today.
Words to live by: “Patience in the present, faith in the future, and joy in the doing.” George Perera
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