What am I reading, listening to, and working on right now?
After completing the first quiz for Master Craftsman III, I began working on Master Craftsman I. I pleasantly discovered that I had already read a portion of the assigned reading for MCIII. I completed MCI a few days later and sent it off. I look forward to getting my next quizzes for both sections. The Scottish Rite, SJ tweeted me that they’d be on their way ASAP.
I’ve decided to hold off on reading any of the materials related to these classes until I get the assigned reading. I want the material to be fresh in my mind as I work through it. So, I began reading Forms and Traditions of the Scottish Rite by C. Fred Kleinknecht, 33°. This book came free with my order of over $125 from the Scottish Rite store. It is a very quick read, only 148 pages, many pictures, and a majority of it describes particular details and explanations that may not be found easier elsewhere. It is a practical guide for conducting some of the important ceremonies performed in the Scottish Rite, including the Feast of Tishri, 14° ring conferral, Day of Remembrance and Renewal, &c. I recommend making a purchase greater than $125 to get the book free, but it is definitely worth the now reduced price of $14, if not indeed its original price.
I haven’t attended any talks recently, although I seem to be getting some new light every time I interact with a brother. At my last stated meeting, the AGL visited us. His presentation was very enlightening on what it means to perform Masonically in life and how our “un-Masonic” behavior could detrimentally affect others. I was also blessed at this meeting to sit in the line for the first time, filling the spot for JD while our brother was away. Last stated meeting, I was the Tiler, which was another first. I am humbled by the brothers who feel that I can take on such responsibility after only recently being raised.
During my capping ceremony at the Scottish Rite Cathedral in Pasadena the day after, I sat next to a brother who told me all about how the Childhood Language Center was able to operate and now help many more children than they had in the past. I told him how my eldest son required speech when he was young, because he had gone deaf for a time. Luckily, the deafness was due to fluid blockage and tubes were put in his ears to fix the problem, but it happened when he was three and prime for language development. Getting such therapy is so important for a child, and I’m so thankful that I can now help other children like my son.
On Sunday, June 7, 2015, my family went to the Masonic Family Summerfest: A Day at the Races at Masonic Home in Covina, CA. One of the booths was The Children’s Advocacy Center. I met the wonderfully personable and knowledgeable executive director, who told my wife and I all about their program, as well as some of the history of the Masonic Home in Covina. It is amazing what Freemasonry is able to do, because there are amazing people who are willing to live by those wonderful tenets: brotherly love, relief, and truth.
There is always more light out there, all you have to do is be there to receive it.
I’m still binge-listening to TMR, trying to get current so I can listen in real time and participate in their ongoing conversation. I know I can probably just skip ahead and then catch up over time, but I somehow feel like that is cheating. I’ve also been turned onto this aggregate site listing Masonic blogs, even those long dormant. I’ve been checking some of the older ones out here and there to see what light can be gleaned from them. If you haven’t CTRL-D’d that page yet, you probably should right now!
Send me an email, if you are a Mason fresh from the quarry and would like to contribute to my blog. I hope you will. S&F, J