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Regular Communication

Thursday, July 16, 2020, 7:30 pm

FROM THE EAST (June 2020)


We are taught in our several Masonic teachings to follow the precepts of Brotherly Love, Relief and Truth. In theory, these appear to be easy enough to accomplish. However, actual practice requires some thought and practical application of these simple truths.

A review of the basis of our Masonic tenets and the need for Brotherly Love is not the intent of this discourse. The intent is to simply state that there is ample evidence of the need for us to address it in our daily decisions. One could infer that to some measure we are our Brother’s keeper. Examples are abundant throughout the rule and guide of our faith and practice where passages appear to imply in some measure that there is some duty to protect or assist them, to perhaps help them however you can. It seems that we should remember somewhere along life’s journey, and most certainly our Masonic journey, being taught that we are to view life through the lens of increasing the likelihood of our Brother’s survival moreover that that of ourselves. Simply stated, to think more of others welfare than that of ourselves, particularly if we can do so without material injury to ourselves or families.

The word relief itself suggests that we attempt to alleviate suffering as best we can. “To relieve the distressed is a duty incumbent on all men, but particularly on Freemasons, who are linked together by an indissoluble chain of sincere affection. To soothe the unhappy, to sympathize with their misfortunes, to compassionate their miseries, and to restore peace to their troubled minds, is the great aim we have in view.: Furthermore, it is “On this basis we form our friendships and establish our connections.”

Our obligations and the great Truths contained in our book of Very Sacred Law makes clear the responsibilities we owe to ourselves, our neighbors, our Country, and our God. One truth we do not need to overlook in our current situation is that we do not need to put our most vulnerable populations at risk until we can develop a plan of action that protects them as best we can.

We should use this time to use some silence and circumspection to re-visit our obligations and at what price we are willing to provide another with the benefit of brotherly love, relief and truth with less risk associated with it. Let us use our time wisely to focus on the things we can do as opposed to doing the few things we need to limit at this time.

Until we can all meet again in fellowship, I strongly encourage you all to check in with each other, take this precious time to spend with your families and loved ones, read masonic literature, go over your ritual, or do anything else that would help you or your loved ones grow together, or benefit your growth as a mason. Until then, may the GAOTU watch over you, and may He guide, protect and bless our lodge, our brothers and their families during these difficult times.

Sincerely & Fraternally,

Michael Carnivale, III, Worshipful Master

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Bro. Nelson E. Sherrard - 61

RW Firman H. Abdill, Jr. PDDGM - 58

Bro. John C. Griffenberg - 55

Bro. Robert R. Rossi - 54

Bro. Charles W. Conyers Jr - 51

Bro. George E. Gill Jr - 49

WB Robert A. Parsons - 42

WB Theodore A. Gauntt III - 39

Bro. Alan T. Myers - 35

WB Timothy L. Cole - 30

WB Allen K. Naese - 25

Bro. Marc J. Price - 22

Bro. Thomas J. Quinn - 22

Bro. Paul J. Von Hofen - 22

Bro. Rivin S. Melomedman - 21

Bro. William H. Brady - 18

Bro. Donald R. Dovey, Jr. - 18

WB Graham A. Keough - 17

Bro. John G. Macy II - 17

Bro. James W. Verner - 17

Bro. Joseph H. Dubell - 16

Bro. James F. Dunaway - 16

Bro. Gregory K. Kunkle - 14

WB Raymond J. Parzyck - 14

WB Ralph H. Baron - 12

WB Scott W. Daily - 12

Bro. Steven K. Scheimreif - 12

RW Justin M. Winter - 10

Bro. Jonathan T. Gazaway - 8

Bro. John J. Horn - 8

Bro. Manoel E. Nazareth - 8

Bro. Ian M. Stoneking - 8

Bro. Christopher M. Chotalal - 6

Bro. Joseph C. Lastique - 6

Bro. John P. Pastor Jr - 6

Bro. Lee R. Robertson - 4

Bro. Christian S. Valenza - 4

Bro. Robert G. Murphy - 3

Bro. Frank P. Rohloff - 3

Bro. James C. Schulze Sr - 3

Bro. Richard R. Whitmeyer - 3

Bro. Aaron M. Velvick - 2

Bro. Marlon R. Harris - 1

Bro. John W. Heide - 1

Bro. Anthony F. Mazzochi - 1


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19th Masonic District Lodge of Instruction - February 6, 2020, Burlington No. 32
Bro. Schwartz, Bro. Pastor, Bro. Maslanik, Bro. Ocansey, RW Flynn, RW VanderHorn & RW Golway, PDDGM at March DLI, Beverly-Riverside No. 107 (March 3, 2020)
19th Masonic District Lodge of Instruction - January 7, 2020, Mount Moriah No. 28
WB Carnivale, Bro. EA McCartney, Bro. EA Schulze, and Bro. Schulze (January 23, 2020)
Past Master's MM Degree - December 2019
WB Stebbins with newly raised brethren! - December 2019