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Master's New Year Message - January 2021

We can all agree that this past year, 2020, has not been a great year. It has been a difficult year, one where thousands lost their lives across the globe to the Corona Virus (COVID-19) that still threatens humanity with its existence. The year gone by has left an indelible mark on each of our lives and impacted us in ways we could not even think of. From wrecking our health and sanity to forcing us to adopt ways and means of living and working that were not easy to adapt to.

Upon reflection, 2020 has taught us to cherish each moment of life, to not take it for granted, to spend time with loved ones, to expect the unexpected, and to overcome and keep going despite being faced with extraordinary odds. All we can hope from 2021 is to be kinder to humanity in every way possible.

I enter my Masonic New Year with the understanding that I am making a fresh start. I begin by discarding thoughts, attitudes, and habits that are not compatible with an excellent life. I let go of whatever caused past discouragement, disappointment, or disagreement. I know that seemingly negative outcomes are desires or goals that have not yet been fulfilled. I am open and receptive to new ideas, activities, and relationships.

Each day I will follow a fresh plan of fulfillment. I will act on divine ideas that I receive in moments of prayer and inspiration. These ideas flow through wholesome and positive thoughts. As I use creative thinking to build upon divine ideas, my activities and my abilities are enhanced. Therefore, I enter this New Year with optimism, joy, and enthusiasm.

I wish all of you and your families a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Sincerely & fraternally,

WM Joseph Pollara
Durand Lodge No. 179
Point Pleasant Beach, NJ

Master's Message - January 2021

That life is a “two-way” street has been obvious since time immemorial. The Lord asked Cain, “Where is your brother, Abel?” Cain replied, “Am I supposed to take care of my brother?” (Genesis 4) That question was explicitly answered many years later by the Galilean in his parable of the Good Samaritan. (Luke 10:25) The little respected Samaritan discovered a man in dire need. He lifted him onto his donkey, took him to the nearest inn, where he cared for him.

People are always coming and going in different directions. Some are just meandering through life while others are on a well-planned tour with objectives and goals in mind.

Durand Lodge is composed of men, good men, all going somewhere, all with various needs such as physical, social, spiritual, and intellectual. These needs cause men to seek family and community through which these needs can be met with reward and satisfaction. Thus, Durand Lodge is where men, fraternal brothers, discover and respond to each other’s needs through brotherly love and friendship.

In family there is a “head of the household,” sensitive to the needs and wellbeing of the family. In the community there is usually an elected leader, someone sensitive to the needs and well-being of the members of the community. In Lodge, the Worshipful Master is your elected leader. He is a man who has progressed through the “stations and places,” and has discovered the needs of the Brethren and has a well-planned program for the ensuing masonic year. This can only be accomplished with the assistance of you, the Brethren of Durand, whom I most humbly serve.

Sincerely & Fraternally,
Joseph Pollara, Worshipful Master