A Mason’s Journey
A Mason’s Journey
Freemasonry has been known as the door way to knowledge since the time of Solomon. Our responsibility as Masons, the builders of society, is to forever walk the path of knowledge. The most grievous mistake a Mason could ever make is to dust off his hands and presume The Temple complete. Each Mason is forever a work in progress, a Rough Ashlar to be refined and polished across the entirety of his journey through life. The honorable degree of Master Mason is only the beginning of a Mason’s Great Journey through this plane and into That Undiscovered Country.
“Before I studied the art, a punch to me was just like a punch, a kick just like a kick. After I learned the art, a punch was no longer a punch, a kick no longer a kick. Now that I’ve understood the art, a punch is just like a punch, a kick just like a kick”
In the same way which Mr. Lee is describing the progression of mastery in the martial arts, so too is it for Masons, becoming the masters of themselves and their destinies through Masonic Education and the Esoteric Secrets of Freemasonry.
The tools of a Master Mason are symbolic representations of that which will carry him on his voyage and empower him to improve himself in Masonry and come into The Light. Masonic History, Masonic Philosophy, Masonic Etiquette and The Esoteric Studies are the quarries in which a Mason must devote his labor, utilizing his tools to progress. Masonic knowledge conquers the darkness and overcomes the fear that lurks within man.
“I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.”
-Louisa May Alcott
Digital Parchment is honored to report that our members are progressing favorably on their Great Journey by following the light of The Most Worshipful Grand Lodge of Florida in completing their Masonic Education Courses.
Certificates for the prestigious Master Mason I course were presented to members of St. Petersburg Lodge No. 139 F&AM at the stated meeting on December 16, 2014. The Master Mason I course work consists of three sections which are intended to increase the knowledge of the Master Masons in various areas of The Digest & Lodge Operations. The certificates were presented by W:. Derryl O’Neal, District 21 Masonic Education Committeeman.
Members receiving certificates are (from left to right)
W:. John Livingston,
W:. Michael Mignone,
R:.W:. Earl Ray,
Bro. Steve Hillis,
Bro. Bob Votta,
Bro. Darin White,
Bro. John Ferguson
Bro. John Sloat,
W:. Derryl O’neal pictured far right.
Not pictured W:. Tom Quay.
Congratulations to the Brothers for their hard work and successful achievements.