Why is it that the vast majority of California Freemasons fail to pay their Masonic dues?
Because being active in your Lodge is extremely time consuming. Sometimes a Brother Mason becomes so involved in other things that he no longer has time for Masonry. Freemasonry has been known to cause a few divorces because of the time away from home required to become Master of the Lodge. Freemasonry is a way of life. I am at a stage in my life where I have the time and still have the energy to become a better Mason.
My therapist expressed an interest in Freemasonry. I informed him that the one downside of earning degrees in Freemasonry is the amount of time required. If you are married with young children rising through the ranks of Freemasonry would tax your time to the limit. The reason I never became active in my Fraternity is because of the time factor. I was in a new and transformative intimate relationship and working long hours. After all the hard work of being raised to the sublime degree of Master Mason, I was burned out on Masonry.
My problem is I never do anything halfway. I should have attended a few Stated Meetings and degree rituals here and there instead of dropping off the map completely.
How does a lost Brother return to Lodge? RSVP!
I just found out the hard way that if you return to Lodge after being away for eleven years, you should RSVP your Worshipful Master. Last Wednesday evening on the spur of the moment I hopped in my car and drove over to Lodge for the Stated Meeting. I tried to buzz myself into the front door without anyone noticing but I never made it. The website doesn’t say anything about RSVP protocols. So I explained my good intentions to the Brothers and got back in my car and drove home.
The Social Network
The social aspect of Freemasonry never occurred to me. Owing to the fact that I am severely lacking in the social graces, I am somewhat of a failure in Lodge Masonry. Now that the pandemic is winding down I have been attending a few social functions here and there. The reason I drove to Lodge spontaneously is because I much prefer the demographic of the Fraternity of Free & Accepted Masons.
Why am I a Mason?
I became a Freemason because I wanted to learn the cosmic secrets of the Universe. It happened, I found out exactly what the secrets are and where they can be found. I also found out a lot of secrets about the Masonic Home at Covina and found out a few secrets about the Masonic Home at Union City.
The Secrets are all out in the open
All the Secrets of Freemasonry are right out in the open with everything else. The problem is that there is so much raw data and information obscuring the ancient secrets. We live in such an age of misinformation that it takes a long time to find your personal truth. Freemasonry gave me a home and a life where I could take the time to figure it all out. The reason I became a Freemason is because Freemasonry is larger than my lonely life.