The common man may equate this word with ‘magnanimous’ as a synonym for ‘generous’.
The educated man, and a Mason, learn that there is a more profound meaning.
More than one dictionary defines ‘magnanimity’ as having a well-founded positive confidence about himself, that is demonstrated to others by a generous nature, a noble purpose in life, and great courage in the face of challenges. These are the themes of the three established degrees in Freemasonry. These are the qualities of character that are elaborated in the lecture embracing the word ‘magnanimity’.
Thus, in one word that is well-placed in our Work, we understand the qualities of character expected of every Mason.
I was hoping to make an announcement of a new publication at a significant event. Instead I’ll make this announcement here. ‘Audi, Vide, Tace – an Explanation’ is now available!
This small book is the result of my questions about the motto of the Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario. I followed the “five W’s” of an investigation. Who, what, when, where, and why? I’ve also explored both an understanding for historians and the public, as well as the esoteric understanding achieved by a Mason who has enjoyed our ritual.
Here is a definition of a word found within Masonic ritual that is not common outside of our Lodge rooms.
Ashlar. To the uninitiated it is a stone selected by a mason and worked with tools to be made square for building purposes, or for pavement. Speculative Masons see the immovable jewels of rough ashlar and perfect ashlar, and apply the lessons of our progressive science. Students of Masonry may find more information in the collection of ‘The Newsletter of the Committee on Masonic Education’ (GL of Canada ‘Reflections’ newsletter): Vol 2, No. 2; Vol. 4, No. 1; Vol. 6, No. 2; Vol. 6, No. 4, Vol. 9, No. 3. Provided for your daily advancement in Masonic knowledge from the Sarnia District Masonic Library. Wor. Bro. Marshall Kern, author of The Master’s Emblem Explained for Masons available at