Brethren and Friends:
On this most somber day when we remember and memorialize those lost on this most tragic chapter in history, I pause to reflect on not only what happened that dreadful moment in time and the war that rages on today because of it, but also on our beloved Fraternity.
Freemasonry in general and the Scottish Rite in particular reminds and teaches us that we are all children of God. We are taught to be tolerant of the beliefs of another and to be charitable to our fellow man.
The enemies of our nation and in fact of all peaceful people are also the enemies of Freemasonry. Our lessons and deeds are despised by those that would seek to peform evil upon the innocent. Charity, Relief and Truth are not a part of their doctrine. Their misguided belief that death is the penalty for those who's beliefs may differ, defy the very existence of our loving Heavenly Father.
Masonry in America supports our Armed Forces and rightfully so. Many Brethren who now wear the lambskin once wore and some still do, America's uniform. They proudly served our nation and now as Freemasons they proudly serve a Fraternity that serves for the betterment of mankind. The same can be said of Freemasons around the world. Masons are patriots and good citizens.
Masonry also supports those who believe that all men can live in a peaceful world, practicing what ever religious belief we choose to follow, and share the charity of that religion with everyone regardless of personal belief. We are a Brotherhood of Man, under the Fatherhood of God.
Terrorism and intolerance have no place in what has become a shrinking globe. We are closer today as a world people than we've ever been. The internet, social media and other technologies have taken down barriers that have prevented mankind from sharing new ideas, art, literature, music and science with one another. With this availability to other cultures, how can we not appreciate each other for the simple truth of human sameness regardless of national origin or religious belief?
To those that would want to harm that, I say, "you're missing out." You're missing out on grasping our true human mission of Brotherhood. And that is a shame.
May the Grand Architect continue to bless each of you, your families, our country, those who serve it and all who love peace throughout the world.
Sincerely and fraternally,
Steven A. Morrison, 33