18th Masonic District
Here you will see our schedule of visits, pictures of District events as they occur and a place for guests to sign in. This is a site that can be used by brothers in our District to know when and where visits and events are taking place.
The literal and simple meaning of Faith is given in the dictionary as trust and belief. However Faith has a much deeper meaning than mere trust or belief. It is said that he who has it knows what it is, implying that Faith is something intangible and inherent in a person, which cannot often be described or explained. A well known philosopher once said that Faith can no more be described to a rational mind, than the idea of colours can be conveyed to a blind man. In fact Faith goes not only beyond reason, but if need be, even against reason. Faith has different levels and different contexts.
Hope and Faith are closely interconnected, for where there is Faith there is Hope and where there is Hope there is Faith. A little thought will make it clear, why we cannot have the one, without the other. Hope is not only a feeling of expectation, but is also a feeling of confidence, when it is combined with Faith. We often use the phrase ‘hoping against hope’, which can only imply that we do so, because we have Faith. It is also said ‘trust in God and hope for the best’, which again emphasizes the importance of Faith and its link to Hope. Many of us know the well - known Hindi proverb, which means, “It is in Hope that the World survives”
Charity does not require much elaboration to a Freemason, because Charity is known to be the essential characteristic of a Freemason’s heart. Like its sister mercy, it blesseth him who gives, as well as him who receives. We are also informed that a Freemason’s Charity should have no bounds save those of prudence. A claim on a Freemason’s charity is also made as his circumstances in life may fairly warrant. In fact, Freemasonry is so practical in its approach to Charity that we are told to practice Charity, without detriment to our connections or ourselves. Not only in Freemasonry, but also generally speaking, when we talk of Charity, we do not talk in terms of monetary help, which of course is important, but of Charity in thought word and deed, which is what makes a person, a perfect Freemason and truly an ornament to the society of which he is a member..