Three Fve Seven – January 20, 2011

Three, five, and seven
3    5    7
By Ed Halpaus, Grand Lodge Education Officer.
Number 188 – January 20, 2011

This publication, while it is printed with the permission of the Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of A.F. & A. M. of Minnesota, contains the writings and opinions of Ed Halpaus and is not in any way the opinion of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota.

By S.K. Baril, P.M. (2005)

I have come to realize many things since I became a Mason.  I have met men I would have never met otherwise.  I had the opportunity to really get to know these men, not by their looks or touch, but by their hearts and soul.  If I would have passed any of these men on the street before I became a Mason, the chances are I would not have noticed them.

I have met numerous men who have truly touched my heart in many ways. I have learned through their example to be a more compassionate person, a more understanding person, a more forgiving person, a more sincere person, and above all, a more loving person.  Not one of these men has an uncharitable disposition; therefore, they are all true Masons.

Wouldn’t it be great if the whole world could be touched like this and to get to know each other in ways we would have never thought possible?  I know if we did, there would not be any wars or homeless and hungry people.  We must not let pride get in the way of love.  We have to pause and try to imagine how it would be tomorrow if we lost a loved one very close to us today and never had the opportunity to say, “I am sorry,” or “goodbye”.

So, the next time you pass someone, don’t judge him or her by how he or she may look or act.  Just turn to that person and give them your smile and soon this may catch on, then, we will all be smiling today, because if we don’t give our smile to someone today, we may not have the chance of giving it tomorrow, for tomorrow may never come.

A smile, like an autumn leaf,
So beautiful to behold.
A wonderful gift from God
That can neither be bought nor sold.
Only to be enjoyed by others

Words to Live By: “We are not members of a club; we are Brothers” Ed Halpaus

The latest Education Video by our education committee is now on You Tube, it’s titled “Unspotted by the World.” It can be viewed at:

The latest Masonic Monday Question, and some of the past questions, can be viewed at  – – and at –

With “Brotherly Love”,
Ed Halpaus
Grand Lodge Education Officer

Seek to mentor a Brother Mason: It’s good for him, it’s good for you, and it’s good for Freemasonry!