Do you want it to be good? Or do you want it to be yours?

I never thought I'd find masonic writing inspiration in an episode of House of Cards, but, nonetheless, here we are. In an episode of Season 4, Tom Yates is working on a speech during the Democratic National Convention. Tom is a descriptive and illustrative writer with passion for telling stories, his presidential-staff-speech-writing colleagues tend to... Continue Reading →

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A Need for Reflection

By Bro. Cody J. Spangler, DDGM Ask any member of the Masonic Fraternity today and they'll all undoubtedly tell you that it is much easier to enter the fraternity than ever.  This is the battle which we all must face in the Masonic world.  We need members to prolong the life of the craft, but... Continue Reading →

Nature, Nurture, or a Little of Both

With recent declines in membership, it becomes easier to notice the different personalities that are entering our fraternity. We, now more than ever, have the ability to focus specialized attention to our new members, and try our best to give them what they need to be involved in the fraternity.  Even though we have this... Continue Reading →

The Moral Code of Chastity

The Moral Code of Chastity should be familiar to all Pennsylvania Freemasons. We swear that, as Master Masons, we will not violate it, nor allow another person to violate it if we are in the position to prevent it. Having been involved in a fair share of Master Mason degree conferrals in my five years... Continue Reading →

By Name Only

A recent reader request posted to our Facebook page highlighted what many active Masons would consider a problem.  Members who are Masons by name only.  Meaning; that they paid their initiation fees, received their degrees, and continue to remain Masons in good standing because they continue to pay their dues, but unfortunately no one knows... Continue Reading →

Why Not?

When I took on the job of Worshipful Master 7 months ago, I had a lot of pie-in-the-sky ideas for Freemasonry in general and my lodge in particular. A lot of things that, frankly, scared me to think about accomplishing.  The mountain is the most frightening from the bottom. But when I started to break... Continue Reading →

Tolerance

Tolerance, how do we live it, how do we teach it? I have promised to remind him in the most tender manner of his failings and aid his reformation. This is in the closing charge that we hear at every stated meaning. Do we live this in our everyday lives outside of the Lodge?  What... Continue Reading →

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