I hope I might discuss important issues of faith with those who fail to see the incompatability of masonry and Holy Mother Church.
The Church teaches this incompatibility, and there is good reason. I was a 32 degree mason who repented and came home to the Catholic Church. Praise God!
Let’s be sure to keep our comments civilized. Jesus teaches us to love one another, and we’re all sinners.
I was baptized and confirmed Catholic. Altar boy. You get the idea…
Experimentation with generic spirituality- new age, eastern religions.
In college I took a misguided step into Masonry. I guess I was looking for “secrets,” and affiliation with something “ancient.” I had ancestors who were members- how bad could it be?
I was cautious, but very interested. I found some strangeness in the first three degrees (rituals), but I hadn’t seen anything that put up “red flags” of immediate warning yet. However, it did bother me, that a mason is charged to keep the secrets of his “brother mason”- even that they might be criminal- excluding treason and murder- which were optional secrets that a “brother” could choose to keep. But still, these guys were old and friendly. I was pretty sure there were no murderers in the group:)
So, I took the 4th through 32 degrees. It was then that the symbolism became very troubling. Not that it was visually jarring, but something inside me was very uneasy. I needed answers.
(For you masons reading this, I speak of the upper degrees of the Scottish especially the 32nd degree. You might consider the sybolism of the 32nd degree and think you have it figured out. Have you considered what it might mean regarding the war in heaven?)
So, needing answers, I sent an email to one of the most knowledgeable masons I knew. I sent the email twice, and received no resonse. I saw him at the pancake breakfast, and having prepared these questions already, I asked him point blank: “We profess a belief in a supreme being, as masons do we believe that there is a Devil?” Smile. Brief pause. I continued, "There are forces for good and evil in the world, and I need to know which we are calling the grand architect, etc. " He replies, “Yep, we need to know these things.” Smile, change of subject.
Unpleased with this exchange, I arranged a meeting with another mason versed in the Scottish Rite. After I explained that I had serious concerns with all of this, as my soul was on the line, his response to me was: “Do you remember the 32nd degree?” I said, “Yes, that’s the problem.” I asked about occult theology, Albert Pike’s description of masonic light being from lucifer, and other abominations of belief that I was witnessing in this “inner symbolism.” The scottish rite fellow told me that I could leave whenever I wanted after filling out a document, but not to discuss this with the other brothers in the Lodge.
Prayer, prayer, and prayer. I prayed for God to please make the truth known to me. After quite a while when I submitted myself wholly to the Lord, He guided me back to the Catholic Church. A slow and real conversion with many wonders I will testify to in another entry if possible. Glory to God!!
Very subtly, in masonry, a soul is guided away from humility and from the Blessed Trinity. God’s grace and submission to our Catholic faith brings us closer to the Lord. Gnosticism and secret oaths when coupled with occult theology is quite the opposite.
We must pray for these souls that the Holy Spirit will guide them and deliver them.
-Christ warned of oaths and business done in secret…
-The masons consider receiving the masonic apron to be an honor greater than all others including (and specifically cited) pontiff or potentate.
-A large amount of apocolyptic smbolism in the advanced degrees- certainly more than one would expect of a “fraternity” that claims no official religious doctrine. This should cause one to pause and consider the effect of this symbolism on the soul.
-Catholic candidates are not warned by masons that joining the “fraternity” is against Catholic teaching.
-Albert Pike, a masonic scholar, describes masonic light as coming from lucifer. Numerous encylicals and non-offical books contain a large amount of occult theology, and reference to ritual as magic.
Don’t be deceived any longer. **The bible tells us that Satan can disguise himself as an angel of light. **
Pause. Pray. ** Tell the Lord that you will leave this “fraternity” if it is His will. ** Open your eyes and heart to the Holy Spirit that you will be guided to the most compassionate heart of Jesus. He saves the sinners. Even me. Even you.
I hope this message finds you well, and helps readers to understand the fundamental differences between Holy Mother Church and the deceptions that exist in secret societies.