During a recent review of some of the archives of Potomac Lodge #5, our Lodge Historian came across an article by one of our past Maters that is relevant today as the day it was written. We hope that you take a moment and reflect on its message.
What is brotherhood? It is the wisdom of Lincoln and the warmth of Gandhi. It is the humility of Jesus, the humbleness of Mohammed, and the humanitarianism of Confucius. It is Catholic and Protestant and Jew living together in peacefulness and harmony. It is Italian and Dan e an d Bulgarian and Pole working side by side on the job and sitting shoulder to shoulder in the Union Hall searching for ways to advance the common good. It is the Ten Commandment and the Sermon on the Mount. It is the Bible, the Talmud and the Koran. It is the essence of all wisdom of all the ages distilled into a single word. But equally it is the understanding of neighbors and friends who sorrow at your misfortune and rejoice at your triumphs.You cannot see Brotherhood; neither can you hear it or taste it. But you can feel it a hundred times a day. It is the pat on the back when things look gloomy. It is the smile of encouragement when the way seems hard. It is the helping hand when the burden becomes unbearable.
E. Walter Carter.
Master, Potomac Lodge #5. 1969