Message from the East:
A couple of months ago, we were getting ready to receive Spring. Preparations for various activities were in full swing and life was going as usual. Then the appearance of COVID-19 changed it all.
In the past two months we have seen changes in our daily habits, the closure of businesses, and the painful loss of loved ones. Our activities as a lodge have come to a stop, maintaining only those that are required to keep the building going. Never in our history have we faced a situation like the one we are facing right now. This time of isolation, without the normal human interaction that we have had before is tough. Many relationships will be put to the test, many will not survive, and others will go on forever.
They say, “an idle mind is a garden for the devil.” This indeed is true, and our job as Masons is not to let that happen. Our duty is to keep the teachings of our lectures and obligations always present, and to learn to subdue our passions and spread the cement of brotherly love and affection. Many brothers have reached out and called each other, checking on the well-being of everyone. This is part of being us, not only as Masons, but as human beings. I ask of every one of you to be vigilant, aware, and mindful of each other.
As the restrictions ease, and the proper measures are taken as we start going to our “new” normal, we may be able to meet in the lodge. When this happens, all brethren will be informed in due time via letter, mail or call. As for now, let us take a look at your Blue Book and revisit those teachings and philosophies that make us what we are.
Hoping that the Grand Architect of the Universe protects and blesses us all and everyone I will say bye for now, not without reminding all that we are in this together.
Marcos Garcia – Worshipful Master