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The Wages of a Master

by Ed Halpaus
Grand Lodge Education Officer
Grand Lodge of A. F. & A. M. of Minnesota

Dear Masonic Student,

We have another fine essay from Most Worshipful Brother Dewey H. Wollstein; this one is on the wages of a Master Mason. When I saw the title of the essay I remembered what M.W. Brother Joe Seltzer of the Grand Lodge of Minnesota used to say: “Masonry has given me more than I could ever give to Masonry!” Enjoy the essay – Ed.

The Wages of a Master
By Brother Dewey H. Wollstein, PGM of Georgia

There is a saying which you have heard in Masonry many times: “You get out of Masonry only what you put in it.” There may be a great deal of truth in such a statement, but it is a rather conservative estimate.

You get far more out of Masonry than you ever can put into it. There is no work or study that pays greater spiritual dividends than the work of Masonry. There is no time better spent and which yields more happiness and satisfaction than time spent in the work of Masonry.

If one is looking for a purely material or financial re­ward, then his time in Masonry is only a waste of effort. From the time you evidenced a desire to become a Ma­son, it was made plain to you that Masonry offered an opportunity for spiritual and mental growth, and did not offer or promise the least financial reward. The Wages of a Master are in keeping with the thing sought through Mastership.

Then, is this work of Masonry confined to the lodge room? No. It is important that every Mason attend as many meetings of his lodge as he possibly can, and it is important that the Mason participate in as many activi­ties of the lodge as he possibly can, according to his talents, large or small. Yet, the work of Masonry is as extensive as life itself. The work of Masonry calls for an examination of self to determine how our own lives Reflect the teachings of Masonry. If we are honest in this, then other fields of work. In the interest of humanity will be opened, and we will enter into them with joy and enthusiasm because we are Master Masons and cannot do otherwise.

Try it! You’ll find a harvest of happiness.

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