The time has come when all good Brothers and Fellows should gather together and give voice to our gratitude and thanksgiving to the Great Architect of the Universe for the multitudinous blessings and mercies which we receive by His hand. Accordingly, I encourage all Brothers - the Officers and Members of each of the Lodges and their families - to join with the Officers of the Grand Lodge and their families this Saturday, October 20th at 11 am in the plaza of the University of the District of Columbia to offer our devotions to Deity at our annual Masonic Day of Thanksgiving and Remembrance.
As Freemasons, it is right and proper that we unite at least once per annum to publicly acknowledge the Divine presence and His work and guidance in our daily lives. Gathering to express our faith and allegiance to the Great Architect, we may call Him by different names and we may practice our faith in different ways. And that’s just fine with us. Because the really important thing is that in practicing our respective faiths, we share the common goal of building and improving that Temple within us and assisting our fellow brothers in the building and improvement of theirs. By extension, we truly work together to build a better world.
In a speech he gave in 1911, U.S. President and Brother William Howard Taft said: “Masonry aims at the promotion of morality and higher living by the cultivation of the social side of man, the rousing in him of the instincts of charity and love of his kind. It rests surely on the foundation of the brotherhood of man and the fatherhood of God.”
So there you have it. All the good that we do as Freemasons, all the contributions we make to society as a moral brotherhood of upstanding, forthright citizens of the world are based upon the beneficent and loving presence of our Heavenly Father. Now that is something truly deserving of our thanks and praise.
So Mote It Be.
Richard J. Bautista, Grand Master