More Light – May 3, 2010

Mehr Licht!
More Light!
Number 276 – May 03, 2010

Dear Masonic Student,

I received a very nice and helpful email from Pastor and Worshipful Brother Art Hebbeler, Commander-elect, Crusade Commandery No 5, KT of Maryland and Grand Prelate of the Grand Commandery of Maryland.

Brother Art pointed out a serious error in my typing in the latest T.F.S. that went out on April 30th. (I was in a hurry to send it out prior to May 01 because my Blog at was to go away on the 1st, and I wanted to get that missive out before than happened in case my mail distributing service would quit working too.) Anyway I did a poor job of editing and correcting typos. There was a sentence that read: “It is made clear to the members that we will sell or pressure our guests. Of course, that sentence was missing a very important word; it should have read “It is made clear to the members that we will’ not’ sell or pressure our guests.”

In other parts of the article on Open Houses it was made clear that there would be no selling or pressure, but that one typo could leave someone with the wrong impression. So I apologize for any misconception that typo may have conveyed. I did make the correction on the original document, and also on the posting of the paper on my new Blog. You can view my new Blog at

From the Builder December 1925


To join, or not to join, that is the question

Whether ’tis better for myself to suffer

This non-Masonic state of outer darkness

Or tread the path of other, braver men

And by enrolling, end it?

To join – to meet

No more, and in the Lodge to say we end

The cold, uncharitable, unfeeling times

Non-Masons suffer – ‘Tis a consummation

Devoutly to be wished.

To join the Lodge

Its mysteries perform – ay, there’s the rub

For in those awful scenes what may be done

Which may intend to shake a strong man’s soul?

It makes us pause.

There’s the respect

That makes calamity of our friendless state;

For who would bear the Solitary life

The World’s indifference, the lack of Sympathy,

The want of friendly speech and the snubs

Which swelling self-importance stings us with,

Which he himself might evermore ignore,

By joining up?

Who would so friendless be

To stand outside a genial Brotherhood

But that the dread of something afterwards

That unknown Society, whose secrets

No Mason reveals, puzzles the will

And makes us rather bear those ills we have

Than fly to others that we know not of?

So stand we hesitating on the brink

And so our firm resolve to join the Craft

Is sicklied o’er with the pale cast of thought

And leaves us marking time

On our own ground.

– Diogenes.

Words to live by: Good fellowship and friendship are lasting, rational and manly pleasures. William Wycherley

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The Masonic Monday Question for the week of 05-03-10 is:  Where did the phrase ‘Free and Accepted’ come from and how did it come to be used in Freemasonry as in F. & A. M. or A. F. & A. M. ?

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