Can you defend the light you wear?

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  1. S.Courtemanche

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    Um, still waiting for further light....
     
  2. koricua74

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  3. MacFie

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    Wow that page had a lot more info on it then I knew was public, but good reading anyhow. I've been trying to find out about the colours from everyone now. Seems to be a stumper!
     
  4. Bro.BruceBenjamin

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    Patience my brothers I will share it will all intrested. I am however still waiting on the complete lesson from my SW. I want to share it correctly and not just from what i remember.
     
  5. MacFie

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    heck yeah sounds great man
     
  6. Dave in Waco

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    Yeah patience, how long will that take? LOL Sorry had a flashback to a comedy skit called "Boot to the Head" and I couldn't resist. I can appreciate you wanting to make sure you have it correct.
     
  7. ChrisB

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    Please let me know what the screw stands for in masonry. Because I just thought it was the screw that holds the compasses together. I'm call my ddgm and ask him right now if he knows. I looked in my Masonic dictionary, one hundred one questions about freemasonry, book of Masonic symbols, catch-e- kism and I can't find an answer.
     
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  8. cemab4y

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    All Masons should ask themselves: "If being a good Mason, and living up to your obligations, were a crime, would there be enough evidence to convict myself?"
     
  9. Chris_Hogg

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    Me too please.
     
  10. mark!

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    I'd like to receive this light as well brother. I originally thought this was about following our obligations and such. I've often wondered, if I had a flat, was on the side of the road, how many vehicles with stickers on the back would pass me by. To so many, has this become just a hangout? A place to meet and gather? Get a good meal? I sure hope not. As a young mason, I hold true to the obligation, and what I vowed to do.
     
  11. Ashton Lawson

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    I'll be honest in that I don't understand the term "defending your light" and quite frankly, it's a phrase that bothers me a little on its face. I am very curious to understand what it means, but in an organization where we are tasked with always seeking and spreading light, being required to defend it seems a strange contradiction to me.

    Looking forward to additional information.
     
  12. Brother Rashad T.

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    RE: Can you defend the light you wear? Wow!..Bro. Bruce, please shed some LI/G\HT on this subject.
     
  13. mch4970

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    Ashton, I have similar feelings. "Defend Your Light." I find the masonic journey extremely spiritual and therefore personal. Different brothers focus on different ideas. And while it is important to understand the tools and journey that got you where you are at, someone may be looking inward more than outward, unable to articulate well their defense, but yet desiring of displaying the marks of their fraternity.
     
  14. owls84

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    Ask Brother Golden next time you see him. He spoke of this a little at the backyard BBQ that you and Blake were at. It is really neat to hear it. I would have never thought of it.
     
  15. Robert Marshall

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    I "share" the Light in several ways. Ring, necklace, belt buckle, truck decal... My reasons vary. First of all and most clearly evident, I feel like it's a testimony and sign to other Masons, especially older, and non-Masons alike that the Brotherhood is alive and well. Secondly and of more importance to me, I make it clear to other Masons that if the need presents itself, there is clearly someone nearby to offer any needed assistance. I hope that when a Brother or a family member of a Brother sees my Light, they recognize a friend. Whether the circumstances are dire or casual, I'm willing to drop whatever I'm doing at any time of day for someone that recognizes the symbol. Thirdly, on "defending" the Light, I've researched a great deal on the meanings of the symbology and I find it to be a very fulfilling task but, let's also remember that we are ENTITLED to received and have not, and I argue, will not receive it all anytime soon. You might find it unusual, but I'd like to point to Pseudo-Dionysius, Thomas Aquinas, and Bonaventure as well as many other Middle Age philosophers and theologians for meanings of Masonic symbology. In particular, check out their works on "Light."
     
  16. Bro. Brad Marrs

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    W.Bro. Albert Pike also wrote about these two lights in Esoterika. It's a little wordy, but I can post it here if interested. I's certainly not a defense, per se, but more an explanation. I agree with some of the other brethren, that these symbols can be applied to ourselves in many ways. Nonetheless, I would love to add additional perspectives to my own understanding, and would still like to know the meaning described by Bro. Bruce.
     
  17. Wingnut

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    Here is one version I have in my files. Had to dig it up...

    How To Protect Your Emblem: Authentic Masonic Test For The Wearing of Emblems

    Q: What is that?
    A: It is an emblem.

    Q: An emblem of what?
    A: Of my profesion.

    Q: What is your profession?
    A: That of a Freemason.

    Q: What is Freemasonry?
    A: Freemasonry is a beautiful system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols.

    Q: What are symbols?
    A: Symbols are sensible images used to express hidden meaning.

    Q: What symbols are represented on your emblem?
    A: The Square, the compasses and the Letter G.

    Q: Explain them.
    A: The square is an emblem of morality and one of the working tools of my profession.
    The compasses circumscribes my actions and keeps me with bounds will all mankind.
    The letter G allueds to geomerty, the fith science, but more particularly to the sacred name of the Detiy, in who I place my trust and with revernce most devoutly and humbly bow.

    Q: What are tokens?
    A: Certain freindly or brotherly grips by which one Mason my know another in the dark as well as in the light.

    Q: Have you a token?
    A: I have.

    Q: A token of what?
    A: of a M.M.

    Q: Advance (give pass grip of a M.M.) I hail.
    A: I conceal.

    Q: What do you conceal?
    A: All the secrets of Masons, in Masonry, to which this token alludes.

    Q: Brother - I greet you.
    A: Brother - It is a pleasure to know you.
     
  18. Bro. Brad Marrs

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    Thanks Wingnut.
     
  19. Robert Marshall

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    Um... wingnut, enlighten me. That looks remarkably similar to the q and a. Could it be another jurisdiction's version and if so, should it be published? I'm really not sure and that's why I ask. Not trying to be a pain.
     
  20. Wingnut

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    Yes it is very close and is available on eBay nothing in it is not something alredy publishes by GLoT or other GL. And doesn't violate the obligation
     
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