ISSUE 16, January 2006
Editorial
Historic: Sherlock Holmes incarnate
Travel: In the Footsteps of the Incas
Sport: Batting for England
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Supreme Grand Chapter: First Grand Principal's speech and Committee of General Purposes
Royal Masonic Girls' School: Stories in windows
Specialist Lodges: Brotherhood of the Angle
    Napoleonic Wars: A Mason's Word
International: Macedonia: New Grand Lodge consecrated and Enthusiasm unbound
Grand Lodge: Development of Freemasons' Hall
Masonic Rebels: Rise and fall
Bristol Museum: A Phoenix from the Ashes
Freemasonry and Religion: United in diversity
Library and Museum: Most glorious of them all
First Aid: Masons learn to shock
Education: The Third Degree and Forthcoming events
Masonic Charities, Letters, Book Reviews, Gardening

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    Brethren, I said in my article for the Cornerstone Society which was published in the last edition of MQthat I thought our members should be encouraged to talk about the good things they are taught in our rituals to prove to the world the happy and beneficial effects of our Antient Institution.
    There are many virtues in Freemasonry, but one which I think we should use to promote our Order is tolerance. There can be few other organisations in the world today who practice the degree of tolerance that we find in the Craft – accepting all men of good faith.
    Freemasonry is a system founded on morality which aims to make the individual a better person, and thereby able to lead a more fulfilling life and be of more use to his fellow man.
    We are not concerned with a candidate’s nationality, colour or class, nor with his religious or political persuasion; we care only that he has a belief in a Supreme Being, has a general desire for knowledge and wants to be of service to others.
    Furthermore, Masonry requires of him a perfect freedom of inclination – an open mind is a prerequisite for joining an Order which develops an open heart.
    The second Masonic characteristic I think we should be emphasising to potential candidates and others is trust. It is linked to our first Grand Principle, Brotherly love, is one of the lessons of our Third Degree story and is the mortar with which the trowel binds us together.
    You do not have to be a Mason for very long before you learn first hand the importance of trusting and being trusted. As we climb symbolically Jacob’s ladder our perception of truth changes in proportion to our capacity for discrimination.
    Developing qualities of tolerance, trust and discrimination leads us eventually to wisdom and Truth. Truth, our third Grand Principle, is at once the first rung on the Masonic ladder when it is solely concerned with morality, and the last rung when it is considered as an aspect of Divinity. Truth depends on our sense of what is true for us personally and for that we must listen to our conscience, the voice of nature.
    The principles and virtues of Freemasonry as taught in our rituals have much to offer a society in need of tolerance and trust.

Announcements

The MW The Grand Master has made the following appointments: W Bro Eric Stuart-Bamford PJGD to be Provincial Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over Surrey, in succession to RW Bro Denis Phipps, who retires on 25 April 2006. Bro Stuart-Bamford is due to be installed on 24 May 2006.
    W Bro Derek Richmond PSGD to be Provincial Grand Master for, and Grand Superintendent in and over Durham, in succession to RW Bro Dr Alan Davison, who is to retire on 30 April 2006. Bro Richmond is due to be installed on 5 May 2006.
    In his capacity as First Grand Principal, he has appointed E Comp Kenneth Leslie Benford PGSwdB to be Grand Superintendent in and over Berkshire, in succession to E Comp Robert Faulkner, who retired on 31 December 2005. Comp Benford is due to be installed on 30 January 2006.

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