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Master's Message - November 2017

My Brothers,

In our ritual there are a few references to the rapid passing of time. Such as, ďBehold how swiftly the sands run (through the hourglass), and how rapidly our lives are drawing to a close!Ē and ďThe scythe is an emblem of time, which cuts the slender thread of life when we are launched into eternity.Ē

I ask that you please indulge me this month as Iíve been thinking a lot about the passage of time. This month marks the one year anniversary of the passing of my beloved wife, Danielle, but it also is the same month in which we were married and also the month in which I was Raised and as I reflect on my life, I think about how Iíve spent my time.

I bring this to your attention, not to share a walk down memory lane but to inspire you to think about your time in this world and how you are using it and if you are making good use of it with regards to Freemasonry.

One of the accomplishments that Iím most proud of in my life is that I always devoted my time to being a good husband and father and I have no regrets about not spending enough time with my wife or son before their passing.

Additionally, I am proud of being able to serve as the Worshipful Master of YOUR Lodge and as such, with the fact that time is a valuable asset for everyone in mind, have tried to make your time at Lodge during our Communications and Fellowship worthwhile.

We are reminded that ďa proper knowledge of (Freemasonry) can be acquired only with time, patience and application.

So I ask you to consider, we gather for a communication roughly 20 times a year, not counting the occasional emergent, and our meetings have gone about 2 hours, so thatís 40 hours a year to devote to the Lodge if you attend each one. Most of us work 40 hours a week, some of us at a job we dislike but my point is, isnít Freemasonry worth putting at least that amount of time toward?

We all agree that time does swiftly flow through the hourglass. I urge you to use your time wisely before it runs out and you are left with regret.

Remember my Brothers, as with all things, you get out of Freemansonry what you put into it.

Travel well.


James M. Sestito
Worshipful Master