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more light #297

Be the Candidate

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

Dear Masonic Student,

I have many books in my library, but one of the best books by a Mason about Freemasonry is by M.W. Brother Dewey H. Wollstein, Past Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of A.F. & A.M. of Georgia. The book is long out of print, but if you’re fortunate enough to find a copy to read you will enjoy every page of it. Below is another fine essay from the book, which I’m certain you will get a lot out of.  – Ed

Be the Candidate
By Dewey H. Wollstein, P.G.M. of the G.L. of Georgia

There is a danger line in every Mason’s life. That is the point at which we cease to be the Candidate. It is when we become the audience of Masonry instead of remain­ing the participant. It is the point at which we lose the viewpoint of the Candidate and no longer seek a New Light.

We must witness the conferring of every degree through the eyes of one who has just knocked at the door of Masonry, and every word spoken to the Candi­date should strike a responsive note with us. It is in this way only can one hope to be progressive in Masonry, and to catch again and again the inspiration that he re­ceived when he was really the Candidate. Any Mason who truly seeks Light will find something new in Ma­sonry every time a degree is conferred. But he must be the Candidate. He must have the freshness of mind, the eager seeking for Light, that was his when he first en­tered Masonry.

If we look upon the degrees of Masonry in an im­personal way, and consider the ceremonies only as cold repetitions, then we can gain nothing from them. If we attain a small spiritual insight and refuse to grow in vision and wisdom, then even that First Light becomes extinguished. We cease to grow when we no longer seek the source that inspired us at the beginning.

Forever we must have an open mind, the courage, the desire to advance, the longing for More Light, all that we had when we first offered ourselves as candidates for the Mysteries of Freemasonry.

Forever and ever we must be the Candidate.

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