THE MASONIC DUES CARD
I hold in my hand a little scrap of paper 2 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches in size. It is of no intrinsic worth, not a bond, check or receipt for valuables, yet it is my most priceless possession. It is my membership in a Masonic Lodge.
It tells me that I have entered into a spiritual kinship with my fellow Masons to practice charity in word and deed; to forgive and forget the faults of my brethren; to hush the tongues of scandal and innuendo; to care for the crippled, the hungry and the sick, and to be fair and just to all mankind. It tells me that no matter where I may travel in the world, I am welcome to visit a place where good fellowship prevails among brothers and friends. It tells me that my loved ones and my home are under the protection of every member of this great Fraternity, who have sworn to defend and protect mine as I have sworn to defend and protect theirs. It tells me that if I should ever be overtaken by adversity or misfortune through no fault of my own, the hands of every Mason will be stretched forth to assist me. Finally, it tells me that when my final exit has been made, there will be gathered around me friends and brothers who will recall my virtues and will forgive my faults. It tells me that, and a great deal more, this little card, and makes me proud yet humble, that I can possess this passport into a society of friends and brothers that are numbered in the millions.
Submitted by Bro. Clarence Simon