Brothers and Candidates,
As Freemasons and thus believers in all that is good, as well as realizing that our faith, regardless of our Spiritual beliefs demands of us a huge responsibility.
I am reminded of a visual portrayal of Freemasons relative to the world. Have you every gone out late on a starless night and noticed how dark it is? I remember when I was in Advanced Infantry Training at Fort Polk, Louisiana on night maneuvers. It was so dark that we had to literally touch the man in front of us just to move forward. When I touched my nose I could not see my finger. I never knew is could be that dark. It was a feeling of loneliness and fear that really hit me hard. A few nights later, again on maneuvers, the stars were out, what a difference both externally and internally.
As Freemasons we obtain our lessons from the Sacred Volumes of the Law, regardless of religious affiliation. Our foundation is in God and our spiritual soundness. The reinforcement of that spiritual soundness and the constant lessons that are given and taught in our Masonic philosophies keep us in check and continue to teach us and grow.
It is the interactions between each other and the constant nudging not to let each other down by unmasonic behavior that creates the "Awe of Freemasonry". Our foundation is solid, the affect of the Brotherhood interactions is what keeps making us better, the development of "becoming a Freemason", instead of joining Freemasonry. That concept is our constant journey. Thus the need to spend time with our Brothers and spend time in your Houses of Worship.
My late good friend and Brother Wayne Tiedeman, with whom I sat in church on Sundays, told me that Freemasonry makes us better Church goers. Oh, how true and together, it is a relationship made in Heaven. Your Fraternity reinforces your Spiritual Foundation, the Foundation, which is the most important.