The practice of Brotherly love is one of the major attributes that separates Freemasonry from so many other civil and social organisations. If we merely pay lip service to it, we are no different to anybody else. Brethren; we are special; we are very special. We need to remember this at all times and make sure that we continue to value and practice those distinguishing characteristics that make us so special.
We all take an obligation as Freemasons to obey the civil law. When called to action, we have a duty to perform. In line with their obligations, Freemasons heed that call, even where it clashes with some of the basic principles that they believe in – and many have paid the highest price.
During life, we will undertake many physical journeys. These will be defined by a known destination. A beginning in the now and a known end point. Can you buy a ticket when you cannot specify the physical destination? An expedition however needs only a purpose or an intention. An expedition is a journey into the unknown.
Ever since man in the northern hemisphere reflected on the passing of the seasons and developed a calendar to measure time in relation to the movement of these seasons, this time of the year has been associated with rebirth. New years’ eve is a traditional festival dating back thousands of years.