One of our Masonic Districts (in Ontario) published last year a sad statistics: the average attendance of the members in their lodges is about 20-25%. I can attest that in my present lodge (in a different district) it is the
As far as I know there is only one single “traditional observance” (TO) lodge in the province of Ontario under the jurisdiction of GLoCPO: Templum Fidelis in Bath – Frontenac district. They had the last meeting before going into the
How to modernize today’s Freemasonry? Is there a need for modernization or we cannot modernize Masonry to cater to the wimps of every new(er) generation. Because it worked well for ages… or did it? Read in details about the “proletarianization” of the American and Canadian Freemasonry!
I grew up in a place where Masonry was illegal – forbidden. It could have meant even jail time. Sometimes it was cautiously whispered that this great poet or that writer, philosopher or outstanding figure in history was a member of a lodge, without going into details what that meant. It made my young mind, curious – although there was no place where to turn for answers. Furthermore, I didn’t come from a family with the usual background to be a Mason.
So the foreigner begins the research, reads even more ancient texts and old versions of the “Work”, different rituals used in different jurisdictions and puts together the picture, the proverbial big picture about the changes occurred in the texts… which we, allegedly
Today, we are lacking the classical education, so it becomes less and less clear what an allegory and what a symbol is. However, we do sense and understand the one thing they have in common: they stand for something, they represent something that is behind. They are not the “real” thing that is to be known or learned about – they are just a prop, if you wish. Stand-in, the movie people would say…
Ever since people – inside and outside of the lodges – began to write about Masonry they always tried to capture