Does Masonry Make a Difference?

Discussion in 'Masonic Education' started by iainmason, Nov 2, 2009.

  1. iainmason

    iainmason Registered User

    Ensor Note Sept 02

    Does Masonry Make a Difference?

    I have heard this question asked before and I know as a Mason that yes it does. Have I told you about my father? Now there was a Mason. Every Tuesday and Thursday he would be of to Lodge or Chapter (Royal Arch here), you could set your watch by it, but what he did there you never knew. My dad died when I was 14, but what a legacy he left. His conduct, his ethics, just his way of living, was an example to follow. I guess a lot had rubbed off on me, as he to loved to research masonry and teach its wonderful lessons, as I do.

    I remember as he left for lodge one night he said that they were initiating a 70 yr old man. He shook his head and said that masonry was for young men. It was a very long time before I realized what he was saying. He wasn’t against initiating an older gentleman; he was asking how much could this gentleman learn in the time he had left.

    I received this moving message on a Masonic newsgroup I belong to called Canmas. The Web Master of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario posted this message he had found in the guest book of the Grd. Ldg. Web Page. It really is proof of what Masonry does. Mr. Underhill though not a mason certainly has learned its lessons, thanks to his grand father. No greater a testament could be written to that man and masonry.

    I was out surfing and came upon your site; it seems well constructed and very informative. I thought I might leave a memorial, of sorts, here in case there is anyone alive still that may have met the great man it is dedicated too.

    I would like to say my grandfather was very proud and honoured to be a Mason. His name was Fred Howard Davis; he was a WWII veteran from the First Hussars. He was an officer with the Palestine Chapter # 54 - R.A. Masons. I have a picture of him and other officers of the year 1940, he was of course a Mason until his death some few years ago. He was originally born in London England. He was also an officer in the St. David's Lodge #302 in 1936, of which I also have a picture of him and other officers. He was a member of The Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter # 91 (1947), and also a Member of the St. Thomas Pipe Band in the 1970's, as well as an active and honoured Fireman of the St. Thomas Fire Department for over 30 years, and many other great deeds of which I will probably never know.

    I hope you will post this and somehow it may grant him some honour, I miss him dearly although I will never be among you, due to my younger years of violence and criminal activity. I have spent the last 15 years trying to be a good human being and perhaps attain at least some semblance of this great man in my own life and doings.

    Thanks so much for being a blessing to the world of men, all of you.

    Sincerely David C Underhill

    What a moving letter.



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