we ought to see that there is a necessary and practical
connection between our Faith and our Order. I am certain
that Freemasonry flourishes because our lodges fulfil not
only works of charity, mercy and benevolence , but also
encourage men in matters of faith and duty; it is simply
because men in every lodge learn and practise what they
believe to be the will of the most high God.
We must not
be sleeping lethargic Masons. We must be active, alert,
dedicated, motivated and concerned Masons. Let us rise, my
Brethren, to opportunity, to challenge, to need. Let us lift
up our eyes to the hills whence cometh our help. Let us lift
up our minds to the sun that brings light and more light to
all mankind. Let us stand shoulder to shoulder with our
fellow man. Let us kneel heart to heart with God.
addition, the lessons of the Tools of the Craft surely apply
not only to our labours and ourselves but also to our
example and our teaching. Remember, Brethren a lodge is only
strong and prosperous in the strength of those pillars which
uphold it, the dignity, beauty, truth and morality of its
example...this is how Masons are made.
too many of us lose sight of the fact that Masonry stands
for the things that are eternal - that it has a mission and
that mission is to bring men closer together in one great
human family. If we keep Masonry's mission uppermost in our
minds and live truly Masonic lives, the glories of our Craft
can be made apparent to all. It would immediately cure our
poor attendance worry. The practice of the science of
Masonry can be exciting and full of satisfaction. Meetings
become more interesting because we look forward to
associating with our Brethren in the fraternal fellowship.
We must work to fully discharge our responsibilities to the
Craft. It requires the very best that we can give it in time
and talents. It needs patience and hard work, but in it
there is great joy and satisfaction . Let us all remember
that we are trustees of an ancient philosophy and a way of
life that has come down to us across the centuries and which
contains a priceless heritage. We must maintain and strengthen these blessings that they may be handed on to those who
come after us.
Brethren, we come to the end of 150 years of our Lodge's
existence. I am proud to state that The Caledonian Railway
Lodge is in good heart, sound financially, and with keen
young members ready, able and willing to take office in the
coming years. We have seen that, through all the years,
there have been dedicated Masons who have applied their
fullest energies to further the interests of our lodge. And
so it will be in the future. We hand on to our successors a
lodge in good heart, with many young and keen members who,
we are sure, will emulate the example of our forebears in
upholding the principles of Freemasonry in general, and the
good name of The Caledonian Railway Lodge.
Robert A. D. Rankin
Robert A.D. Rankin P.M.