Taking good men and making them better!
James Winfield Golladay Jr.
176th Grand Master of Masons in Virginia
Helping Good Men Become Better
Our True Masonic Virtues
Faith and religion are often confused;Simply put, the biblical definition of faith is "trusting in something you cannot explicitly prove." You must have faith in God in order to be a Mason. How you choose to exercise that faith, the doctrine you follow, the means of how you express your faith, can rightly be called your religion, and religious doctrine is left to the individual Mason to choose to follow.
"a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen." This is merely wishful thinking, wanting things to turn out right, and in our hearts scared to death that they won't. Yet Hebrews 6 refers to hope as an anchor of the soul, sure and steadfast. This kind of hope tells us to take refuge in the fact that God is with us and guides us. How do we pursue hope in our daily lives as Masons? How do we turn our wishful thinking into a concrete and unshakable knowledge that things will turn out alright? In part, the answer lies in faith.
The values of Freemasonry are based on integrity, kindness, honesty and fairness. Freemasons are taught to practice charity and to care, not only for their own, but also for the community as a whole – both by charitable giving, and by voluntary efforts and works as individuals. From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick, and the aged. This work continues today. In addition, large sums are given to national and local charities. Today, we raise more than 2.6 million dollars a day to help people in need. Be a part of something great by helping out people in need.