Saturday, April 14, 2018

Week In Review: 4/14/18

Grand Master of Illinois Tony Cracco and Worshipful Master of Homer Lodge No. 199 Todd E. Creason during re-dedication ceremony.
I got a rather insulting email this week.  An uninformed Brother was extremely critical of the Midnight Freemasons.  He said in part that it's easy to sit back and write about issues Lodges have, but in the real world the solutions are a bit more complex and our suggestions are naive.  My friend, when you're reading the Midnight Freemasons, know that we're not just writers.  We're all active Freemasons.  Part of what has made the Midnight Freemasons so unique is that the writers actually know what they're talking about, because they haven't only studied Freemasonry on the academic side, but we serve as Lodge officers, Masters, Secretaries, District Deputies, State Education Officers, etc.  We belong to the York Rite, Scottish Rite, Shrine, AMD, etc.  We've actually brought Lodges back to health from the very edge of extinction.  We've been involved in chartering new Masonic groups in an era when it's more common to see them close down.  We've worked to bring Lodge education and member development back to the forefront.  When we write an issue piece, you can be sure it's not an academic exercise--it's written on a firm foundation of first hand experience.

Our unique perspectives are what brings our readers to us.  We don't just talk--we do.  Our writers have done remarkable work outside the blog doing exactly the kind of things we write about--most especially on the Masonic education front.   In fact, many of our Emeritus writers stopped writing because they were too busy doing Freemasonry to write about Freemasonry.  Part of our problem is we have an abundance of critics and a shortage of volunteers to help--the critics wind up burning out the guys that are actually doing the majority of the work.  It's easy to criticize, it's far more difficult to roll up your sleeves and labor in the quarries.

Enough on that.

Want to experience a unique Masonic educational opportunity?  How about a once-in-a-lifetime ten day journey to Scotland and England designed specifically with the Freemason in mind?  Well, we're going on such a trip between September 12 and September 22.  It was an initiative begun by The Masonic Society and The Midnight Freemasons, and set up by a Master Mason travel agent!  You can find all the detail about The Masonic Tour of Scotland and England by following the link.  Contact me if you have any questions.  We're just going to have a great time, and as you'll see from the itinerary, there are some amazing sites we'll be visiting.  I hope you can join us!  

I got a lot of nice emails this week as well.  Readers enjoyed my posts this week--both were re-posts from the past.  The nice thing about have done this for so long is that I have a huge archive of literally hundreds and hundreds of pieces to fall back on when I get busy and can't write new content--many of those pieces published long before I had the kind of audience I enjoy today.

In case you missed it, on Tuesday I posted a piece entitled The Challenges of Masonic Ritual.  And on Thursday, I talked a little bit about the Scottish Rite in What Is The Scottish Rite?.

I do have at least one new piece for next week, and I'll have one for the Midnight Freemasons next week as well--so be sure and check in with me on Tuesday and Thursday, and the Midnight Freemasons on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday.   Between the two of us, we have your weekly Masonic light covered!

Have a great week!

~Todd E. Creason, 33°

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