Message from the East:

The cold breeze of Winter is here with us and a New Year has begun. The short days in New England are something that I could not have imagined when I was a kid living in Panama. It has been 35 plus years since the first time the word Mason came across my vocabulary. I guess was back then when the seed was planted in my brain to follow this path. Not in my wildest dreams could I have thought that one day I would become a Master of a Masonic Lodge in Connecticut!!

The hardest part of any journey is the first step. My Masonic journey started seven years ago when WB Scott Pierce was forming his line of officers and talked me into joining as Junior Steward. At the time I thought that it will just be a one year gig and that somebody else will take my place…wrong. I soon found out that there are not that many brothers willing to step up to the plate and be more involved. They do not know what they are missing.

This past seven years have been a school in the art of cooking, cleaning, memorizing ritual and getting to know the details of what we do. Many may see this as a burden, when in fact it is nothing like that. Every step of the way we learn to be more patient and to communicate better. We learn how to react to the ever changing tide and navigate with more aplomb. I still remember making a mess of a lecture and feeling shame about it. But I had brothers reassure
me and encourage me to keep going.

Our labor in the quarry of FTL145 continues. We will have our regular business meetings via Zoom. We have lost contact with a lot of brothers this year. Difficult times have been a common denominator in all our actions. We have to persevere and fight on, with the spirit and dedication that we owe to all the brothers that have come before us. We do not know what the future will bring us, but as long as we remain brothers and support each other, any challenge will be met with the power and enthusiasm that only we as masons can provide.

“We all make mistakes, and the beauty of masons is that we know that we are rough stones, but with good work, we all can shine”. I heard this phrase from WB Jim Wilson, when he was mentoring me for the initial lectures. He is so right. Another year will bring a new set of challenges but we at FTL145, working as one, will make the difference.

Marcos G. Garcia – Worshipful Master