You Ever Considered Becoming a Mason?
is the oldest, largest Fraternity in the world.
It's members have included Kings, Presidents,
Prime Ministers, Statesmen, Generals, Admirals,
Supreme Court Chief Justices, corporate CEOs,
opera stars, movie stars, and probably, your
next door neighbor.
And Masonry is always ready to welcome good
men in the Fraternity. It's ready to welcome
YOU, if in your heart you can answer "yes"
to a few questions.
Do you believe that
there is such a thing as honor, and that a
man has a responsibility to act with honor
in everything he does?
Masons teach that principle. We believe that
a life not founded on honor is hollow and
empty -- that a man who acts without honor
is less than a man.
Do you believe in God?
No atheist can be a Mason. Masons do not care
what your individual faith is that is question
between you and your God -- but we do require
that a that a man believe in a Supreme Being.
Are you willing to allow
others the same right to their own beliefs
that you insist on yourself?
Masonry insists on toleration -- on the right
of each person to think for himself in religious,
social and political matters.
Do your believe that
you have a responsibility to leave the world
a better place than you found it?
Masonry teaches that each man has a duty not
only to himself but to others. We must do
what we can to make the world a better place.
Whether that means cleaning up the environment,
working on civic projects, or helping children
to work or read or see -- the world should
be a better place because we have passed through
Do your believe that it is not only more blessed
to give than to receive, it's also more fun?
Masons are involved with the problems and
needs of others because we know it gives each
of us a good feeling -- unlike any other --
to help. Much of our help is given anonymously.
We're not after gratitude, we're more than
rewarded by that feeling which comes from
knowing we have helped another person overcome
some adversity, so that their life can go
Are you willing to give help to your Brothers
when they need it, and to accept their help
when you need it? Masonry is mutual
help. Not just financial help (although that's
there, too) but help in the sense of being
there when needed, giving support, lending
a sympathetic ear.
Do you feel that there's something more to
life than financial success?
Masons know that self-development is more
precious than money in the bank or social
position or political power. Those things
often accompany self-development, but they
are no substitute for it. Masons work at building
their lives and character, just as a carpenter
works a building a house.
Do you believe that a person should strive
to be a good citizen and the we have a moral
duty to be true to the country in which we
Masons believe that a country is strong as
long as freedom, equality, and the opportunity
for human development is afforded to all.
A Mason is true to his government and its
ideals. He supports its laws and authority
when both are just and equitably applied.
We uphold and maintain the principles of good
government, and oppose every influence that
would divide it in a degrading manner.
Do you agree that man should show compassion
for others, that goodness of heart is among
the most important of human values?
Masons do. We believe in a certain reverence
for living things, a tenderness toward people
who suffer. A loving kindness for our fellow
man, and a desire to do right because it is
right. Masonry teaches that although all men
are fallible and capable of much wrong, when
they discover the goodness of heart, they
have found the true essence of virtue. Masonry
helps men see their potential for deep goodness
Do you believe that men should strive to live
a brotherly life?
Masons see brotherhood as a form of wisdom,
a sort of bond that holds men together --
a private friendship that tells us we owe
it to each other to be just in our dealings
and to refuse to speak evil of each other.
Masons believe a man should maintain an attitude
of good will, and promote unity and harmony
is his relations with one another, his family,
and his community. Masons call this way of
believing in the Brotherhood of Man. It really
means that every Mason makes it his duty to
follow the golden rule. This is why Masonry
has been called one of the greatest forces
for good in the world.
IF YOU ANSWERED "YES", YOU SHOULD CONSIDER
BECOMING A MASON.
Freemasonry offers much to its members --
the opportunity to grow, the chance to make
a difference, to build a better world for
our children. It offers the chance to be with
and work with men who have the same values
and ideals -- men who have answered "YES"
to these questions. It's easy to find our
more. Just find a Mason and ask him about
Masonry. You probably know several Masons.
Perhaps you've seen the Square and Compasses
like the one in this page or on a pin or tie
tack or bumper sticker. If you know where
the lodge is in your community, stop by or
look up the number of your local Masonic lodge
in the phone book and ask for the secretary
of the lodge. He'll be happy to help you.
As published by the Masonic Renewal Committee
of North America