The Master's Message - October, 2020


Despite not being able to meet in person for sometime now, I feel it is important to reach out at least once a month to you for various reasons.  Firstly, to keep you informed of the goings-on and directions of Grand Lodge as I am made aware of them but also, and more importantly, simply to try and maintain the sense of fraternity we share; it is needed more now than ever. A master's message, mine at least, has typically been used to convey important information about upcoming meetings, recap what we had accomplished the previous months and inform the Brethren of District and area events coming up. In that vein, these messages would be, presently, conspicuously short.  I have chosen to continue writing them as a way of reaching out and communicating directly with you to ensure you that every member of Ionic is forefront in my mind, despite our inability to meet in person.

One piece of sad news I do have to relay is that Worshipful Brother Robert Farrell passed to the Grand Lodge above on 30 September.  Worshipful Brother Farrell was a passionate Mason and I have passed the sympathies of Ionic to the Members and Officers of Bytown Lodge. At this point I do not have any specifics regarding arrangements, however, due to the current situation, any ceremony will likely, by necessity, be kept small for the time being.  I will pass on any information that comes to me.

This month, being the Thanksgiving holiday, our Committee of General Purpose (CGP) meeting will be held on Tuesday 13 October to allow for the Brethren to celebrate with their families on the weekend.  As always, all are encouraged and welcome to attend and the Zoom link to both that meeting, as well as our regular meeting on 14 October, will be provided by Brother Secretary. I am currently working on having some education presented at that meeting which will, hopefully, spur conversations and engage all. It is also my intention to hold a Zoom meeting on the night of our emergent meeting on 22 October as another opportunity for us to get together and enjoy each other's (virtual) company. Again, more information will follow.

To conclude, I would simply like to share something I read this week that truly stuck with me, it is not a Masonic Verse, however, it is well suited for our times:

Do not be dismayed by the brokenness of the world.
All things break.
And all things can be mended.
Not with time, as they say, but with intention.
So go.
Love intentionally, extravagantly, unconditionally.
The broken world waits in darkness for the light that is you.

                                                     -L.R. Knost


Be well, Brethren and be safe.

Sincerely and Fraternally