January is a cold month, except if you are playing golf in the Villages in Florida...but I digress. Rebirth starts in January. Seed catalogues, plant- ing decisions, checking winter rye and wheat in the fields, as we prepare for the next harvest. Yet we, as Masons, do not have a start-up month since Masonry is a 24 /7, 365-day way of life.
Doing the unexpected, supporting charities, having yearly events in the com- munity, are all part of masonic life. Our brethren are a robust group achiev- ing lodge goals. The bible has been dissected regarding oceans parting, great plagues, Noah’s Ark, and a myriad of other events. Scientists make no allowances for faith and beliefs, only for supported facts.
Belief and faith come down to us through the centuries and instill in us the true spirit of life. Masonic beliefs have been handed down to us through the centuries. Strong, true, and unwavering in moral compass. George Washington’s letter noted that “To enlarge the sphere of social hap- piness, is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution, and it is most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the frater- nity, as well as those publications, that discover the principles which actu- ate them may tend to convince mankind that the grand object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.”
We at Trenton Cyrus #5 of free and Accepted Masons, with the many works we do in lodge, as well as in the community, promote the principles which we as Mason must espouse. According to Andrew Jackson, “Liberty, brotherly love, and charity” are among those principles.
In these winter months, we prepare for the spring and summer, the times of new birth and plenty. Let us all participate and what our dear Mother Lodge can add to the joy, happiness and fulfilment of our fraternal family, our community and the world. We start anew our cycle of life.
With deepest fraternal love and respect,
Trenton Cyrus No. 5