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Master's Message - June 2018

My Brothers,

As we delve deeper into the four Cardinal Virtues, let us begin with Temperance which Plato, in his classic writing, The Republic, identifies as being “primarily associated with the producing classes, the farmers and craftsmen, and with the animal appetites, to whom no special virtue was assigned.”

Wikipedia defines Temperance as, “moderation or voluntary self-restraint.”

Think back to our Entered Apprentice degree. Clearly those “wise and virtuous men” with their “praiseworthy design” by citing the “most innocent social pleasures” understood the value and importance of Temperance.

Brothers, I have chosen but a few of the many references to Temperance, from one of our Three Great Lights of Masonry, “The Holy Bible, the inestimable Gift of God to Man” to share with you:

“Gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law.” (Galatians 5:23).

“Training us to renounce ungodliness and worldly passions, and to live self-controlled, upright, and godly lives in the present age.” (Titus 2:12).

“But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified.” (1-Corinthians 9:27)

“But hospitable, a lover of good, self-controlled, upright, holy, and disciplined.” (Titus 1:8).

“A man without self-control is like a city broken into and left without walls.” (Proverbs 25:28).

“Do you not know that you are God's temple and that God's Spirit dwells in you? If anyone destroys God's temple, God will destroy him. For God's temple is holy, and you are that temple.” (1 Corinthians 3:16-17).

We, as the symbolic builders of the Temple, should yearn to exercise Temperance in our thoughts, words, and actions.

Travel Well Brothers.

From the East,

Stephen J.. Hoptay Jr.
Worshipful Master


Brethren, sorry for the confusion. If you owe $166.00 (2018 Dues) or less you are not in arrears in your dues ($48.00 for those paying Grand Lodge assessment only). I missed a small, but important calculation when I did the notices. I forgot to change the setting for this years dues. You are not in the arrears. I will probably be getting many e-mails or phone calls for clarification.

Sorry for any confusion regarding your dues and thank you to those who contacted me with the error.

G. Roger Woodman
Durand Lodge No. 179
732-261-0288