“Because I am A Freemason!”

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My Brothers, we are on the threshold of a new, and very exciting exercise of promoting Freemasonry in the city of Portland, Oregon. Never forget the primary mission of Enlightenment Lodge, that of increasing the ranks of enlightened individuals by showing them who we are, and what we do. There are thousands of men in the city of Portland who would benefit themselves, and others, by becoming members of our order. You may ask: how do we do that?

It’s simple arithmetic. If each member of Enlightenment encourages one man, this next year, to ask about Freemasonry, we can double our forces. Think about that; if that progression occurs we will have four times our original membership in just two years. Is it likely we can do that? Is it even possible? The answer is: only if we believe it, and work towards that goal.

The next thing you need to know is exactly how we will accomplish that. How do we attract bright, moral men of good character to our Fraternity? The answer lies in each of us here. Ask yourself these questions: Do I respect a man because of what he says, or what he does. Do I place more value upon a man’s words, or his actions. Am I more likely to associate myself with people who seem to know everything, or people that display humility. The answers, for me, are completely obvious. When I see a man who lives his life honestly, I respect him. When a man consistently does his best to provide for his family, I respect him. When a man lives his life as though God is directing his every step, I learn to love him, and he becomes a Brother to me.

Become that man, for when you do, others will see the joy you get from life. They will know that you are a good man and true, and they will befriend you. Once your friend, they will discover that Freemasonry is, in part, responsible for making you the man you are. They will become curious and ask questions. Your answers will result in yet another petition, and you will have accomplished what few men have the opportunity do: positively influencing a man’s life and making him better than he was when he met you.

You will know when you become that man because of certain phrases that you hear from others, such as: “You always seem so happy.” “You’re always in a good mood.” “You seem to be such a positive person.” “I’ve never seen you get angry at anyone.” “You’re such a loving person” Or questions such as “How do you stay so even tempered?” “How do you maintain such a positive attitude?” “Why do you help so many people?” “How do you find the time to do so much?” “Why is it that you’re always happy?”

You should all know the answer: “Because I am a Freemason!”

Welcome to Enlightenment Lodge No. 228

On behalf of the officers and brethren of Enlightenment Lodge No. 228, welcome to our brand new site!

Unlike other Masonic websites in Oregon, Enlightenment’s website aims to be a little different. For one thing, we’ll be presenting useful or insightful content for the benefit of the brethren and for the public through this medium. The reasons are simple: We’d like to remind our brothers of the reasons for becoming members of our beloved Craft, and we’d like to give the public a sneak peek into what Freemasonry really is — a system of morality, veiled in¬†allegory and illustrated by symbols.

From time to time, you’ll come across the word “morality” in our writings. While morality is often associated with religion, please understand that Freemasonry is not a religion; it’s rather a handmaiden of religion with an emphasis on religious tolerance. As long as you believe in a higher power, your beliefs will, for the most part,¬†find Freemasonry’s traditions quite agreeable.

For our Masonic brothers: If you would like to contribute to our repository of content, please feel free to contact us through this link.

Until then, we look forward to hearing from you and hopefully, see you at lodge.