In his introduction to the Provincial Grand Lodge of Glasgow's Website, the Provincial Grand Master Brother Andrew Mushet asks us, in this trying time, to remain true to our Masonic principles of Faith Hope and Charity. According to our social media resources, that is exactly what you have been doing.
In his “Flourishing Thoughts” series, Brother Reverend Robert Craig has been reminding us that faith will help us through this dreadful time and in Flourishing Thoughts Number 9 there is a phrase that stands out for me. He wrote “What we need to remember is how to turn a negative into a positive" Well, according to the messages and entries on Facebook, that’s just what many of you are doing at present as you will see in the entry under charity.
On contacting Office-bearers and Stewards to see how they are managing, I felt there was hope that they could return to their meetings as soon as possible and although it will not be under the usual circumstances the thought of that did not deter them in the slightest.
There are several Masonic sites on Facebook, and no matter what one you look at you will see fantastic acts of charity by Lodges up and down the country. The Lodges in the Province of Glasgow have been extremely active, donating to food banks, nursing homes, care homes and various other charities which is no mean feat at a time of “social distancing". All the contributions they have given have been thankfully received and I’m sure will be faithfully applied. I hope it will help make more people realise that we are good men and true.
I pray that you and your families stay safe and well.
1st Corinthians Chapter 13. These three remain, Faith Hope and Love (Charity) but the greatest of these is love.
Frederick G. Quinn
Provincial Grand Almoner