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About Freemasonry

An Introduction to the Craft

Freemasonry has been described as a system of morality, veiled in allegory and illustrated by symbols. This, of course, creates more questions than it supplies answers. Freemasonry has also been described as a group of men who have dedicated their lives to becoming better men and making their community a better place.

Ideals of a Mason

If you see a man who quietly and modestly moves in the sphere of his life; who, without blemish, fulfils his duty as a man, a subject, a husband and a father; who is pious without hypocrisy, benevolent without ostentation, and aids his fellowman without self-interest; whose heart beats warm for friendship, whose serene mind is open for licensed pleasures, who in vicissitudes does not despair, nor in fortune will be presumptuous, and who will be resolute in the hour of danger;

The man who is free from superstition and free from infidelity; who in nature sees the finger of the Eternal Master; who feels and adores the higher destination of man; to whom faith, hope and charity are not mere words without any meaning; to whom property, nay even life, is not too dear for the protection of innocence and virtue, and for the defense of truth;

BC Freemasons on Remembrance Day 2010

The man who towards himself is a severe judge, but who is tolerant with the debilities of his neighbour; who endeavours to oppose errors without arrogance, and to promote intelligence without impatience; who properly understands how to estimate and employ his means; who honours virtue though it may be in the most humble garment, and who does not favour vice though it be clad in purple; and who administers justice to merit whether dwelling in palaces or cottages.

The man who, without courting applause, is loved by all noble-minded men, respected by his superiors and revered by his subordinates; the man who never proclaims what he has done, can do, or will do, but where need is will lay hold with dispassionate courage, circumspect resolution, indefatigable exertion and a rare power of mind, and who will not cease until he has accomplished his work, and then, without pretension, will retire into the multitude because he did the good act, not for himself, but for the cause of good!

If you meet such a man, you will see the personification of brotherly love, relief and truth; and you will have found the ideal of a Freemason.

Such illustrious men such as Wilde, Houdini, Mozart, Churchill, Lord Stanley and Richard Pryor were all members, present day famous Freemasons include, Nascar driver Sam Hornish Jr., golfer Arnold Palmer, politician Bob Dole, and basketball players Scottie Pippen and Shaquille O’Neal. Here is a comprehensive list with bios of illustrious Masons of our time from our Grand Lodge site www.freemasonry.bcy.ca.

A LIST OF FAMOUS FREEMASONS