In the 40th Annual Conference of Grand Masters, GM Hinsley remembered the words of the Prophet Joel, “Your old men shall dream dreams; your young men shall see visions,” and went on to discuss “What is Masonry?” He noted that “Masonry is an association of good men bound together by a philosophy of life, which requires a belief in the Supreme Being, in eternal life, and in the Brotherhood of Man, which has gathered together those eternal principles and fundamental truths that have been proven necessary for right thinking and moral living; and presents them to its members, in a system of symbolic and allegorical teaching, for use in establishing their own philosophies of life and personal codes of moral living for the enrichment of their lives and the improvement of society.”
I urge the Brethren of Texas to search deep within their souls and determine their belief in Freemasonry in 2012. Take advantage of the Lodge educational programs, and attend the Grand Master’s Conferences, Workshops, Warden’s Retreats, and Historical Celebrations. Above all, study the many volumes of Masonic writings and develop your Masonic philosophy. Review “The Charges of a Freemason” in the front of our Grand Lodge Laws. Discuss your thoughts with learned Masons in your Lodge. By doing so, I am convinced that you will become a better person and a better Mason. I suspect that you may find that your private thoughts fall in line with the definition outlined by PGM Hinsley. Best of all, you will be better prepared for the direction that the 2012 Grand Lodge Line Officers lead us. Help them with their dreams and help yourself with your visions.