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Master's Message - October 2018


We hear and read daily of “justice” as it applies to our modern life. Justice as a virtue, however, takes on a much different meaning as we apply it to our lives as Freemasons.

According to our friends at Wikipedia:

Justice is the legal or philosophical theory by which fairness is administered.”

“As with most philosophically-driven disciplines, the concept of justice differs in every culture. An early theory of justice was set out by the Ancient Greek philosopher Plato in his work The Republic. Advocates of divine command theory say that justice issues from God.”

The application of Justice has been and continues to raise debate amongst philosophers across the ages. From such ancient philosophers as Plato and Aristotle, to more modern-day philosophers as Locke, Rawls, Mill, and Nozick. There continues to be dialogue on the applications of Justice as it pertains to: Religion (Divine Command and Abrahamic teachings), Harmony (As cited in Plato’s “Republic”), Natural Law (it involves the system of consequences that naturally derives from any actions or choice).

There are countless references to Justice in our “inestimable gift”. The following are some of my favorites:

“Thus says the Lord of hosts, Render true judgments, show kindness and mercy to one another” (Zechariah 7:9) “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven” (Luke 6:37)

“Open your mouth, judge righteously, defend the rights of the poor and needy.” (Proverbs 31:9)

“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.” (Amos 5:24)

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