Many people ask what is Freemasonry? How do I become a Freemason?
Most Freemasons have a difficult time with this type of question. Freemasonry is
a complex subject and certainly deserves more than a simple sentence or two, so
most Freemasons tend to be tongue tied over what to say. They have difficulty
expressing the depth of their feelings in a way that makes sense to the person
asking the question.
In general, Freemasonry has been characterized as a fraternity devoted to high
ideals and admirable benevolence whereby community service and charitable work
are, in fact, principal Masonic activities.
Over the years hundred of articles and writings has been written that express the
essence of freemasonry.
The following and future articles will help describe what Freemasonry is and what it means
to a Freemason.
Flattering as it may be to the human mind, and truly
honorable as it is to receive from our fellow citizens
testimonies of approbation for exertions to promote
the public welfare, it is not less pleasing to know that
the milder virtues of the heart are highly respected by
a Society whose liberal principles must be founded in
the immutable laws of truth and justice. To enlarge the
sphere of social happiness is worthy of the benevolent design of a Masonic institution; and it is
most fervently to be wished that the conduct of every member of the Fraternity, as well as those
publications that discover the principles which actuate them, may tend to convince mankind that
the great object of Masonry is to promote the happiness of the human race.
MASONIC QUOTES BY BROTHERS
As a fraternity, Freemasonry provides an opportunity for men to meet and enjoy friendly
companionship. In the spirit of helpfulness and brotherly love and guided by strict moral principles
it encourages goodwill toward all mankind. Freemasonry is of a personal nature in its private
ceremonies. Its ritual dramatizes a philosophy of life based on morality. It promotes self-
improvement. The tools of operative masons are used to symbolize and teach the basic principles of
brotherly love, charity, and truth, which Masons are encouraged to practice in their daily lives.
Charity is a tangible way in which Masons help those whose circumstances in life fairly warrant it.