Bro. R. J. Hughes
Growing up, I was asked these questions more than a few times, occasionally due to mischievous motives. We have all been drawn by curiosity to places where a residing “gatekeeper” asks us, “what do you want, why are you here?”
I have been a Mason for a brief time at the writing of this article, a little over two years, and I cannot recall ever being asked what I want or why I am here.
During the petitioning process we frequently ask the petitioner what he desires to accomplish by committing to join the oldest Fraternity in the world. We inquire about motives, dreams, aspirations…but after he is brought to true Masonic light and gains a better understanding of our beloved craft, do we ever ask him those questions again?
What do you want? Why are you here?
These questions must not be asked in a derogatory manner, but with a genuine curiosity as to what your Brother craves in his Masonic Journey. What is his perceived purpose within the lodge? What is the purpose of the lodge within his life and family?
We are taught in our several stations of life, outside of lodge, to set goals and achieve them. How often do we do this in lodge, either as an individual or an entire lodge? To accomplish something profound we must first choose a direction, a heading, to travel toward. To discover what that direction might be, we must first ask ourselves:
What do we want? Why are we here?
Bro. R. J. Hughes is a member of Armstrong Lodge #239 in Freeport, PA where he will assume the roll of Senior Warden on St. John’s Day next. He is also a Royal Arch Mason in Orient R.A.C. #247. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org