Some fifteen years later, after leaving Arizona, my father’s wish was fulfilled. In May of 1978, I was initiated an Entered Apprentice into the Blue Lodge that my brother was already a member of, and officer in. In September, I was passed to the degree of Fellow Craft, and on November 10, 1978, I was raised a Master Mason. I was presented that night with a Masonic pin that had belonged to my father, and with tears in my eyes and joy in my heart, I was finally able to say, “You rest well now, old friend. Both of your sons are now Masons.”
I still had no idea what Freemasonry was all about. I had always heard that it was a fraternity of men, the teachings of which were based upon the Bible. I wasn’t told that much about it, even on the evening of my initiation, when prior to being admitted into the lodge room I was required to declare in the affirmative that I would “cheerfully conform to all the ancient usages and established customs of the Fraternity.”, even though I had absolutely no idea what all these “usages” and “established customs” were. I didn’t remember that dad had ever gone to lodge all that much, at least not in later years; I didn’t remember it ever being a topic of discussion at the dinner table. But I had never heard him speak in any negative terms about the lodge, nor had I heard any such remarks from any other members of the family with the exception of one uncle, but even that had nothing to do with the inner workings of Freemasonry. As I was to learn later, there was no way the one uncle could have been expected to know, anyway, being an “outsider”.
So many people from WITHIN the ranks of the Order don’t even know. Besides, I trusted most of the Masons I knew before becoming a member, and as long as I wasn’t invited to a “snipe hunt,” or something similar, I wasn’t going to give it much thought.
그후로 애리조나를 떠나 약 15년의 시간이 흐른 후, 아버지의 소원은 이루어지게 되었습니다. 1978년 5월, 저는 제 형이 이미 회원으로 가입되어 있고 장교였던 Blue lodge에 신입 견습생이 되었습니다. 9월에 Fellow Craft에 합격한 저는 같은 해 11월 10일 Master Mason의 등급으로 올라가게 되었습니다. 그날 저녁 저는 아버지의 프리메이슨 핀을 받게 되었고 기쁨의 눈물을 흘리며 이렇게 말할 수 있었습니다.
“오랜 친구여, 이제 편히 쉬세요. 이제 아버지의 두 아들이 모두 메이슨이 되었습니다.”
그러나 저는 여전히 프리메이슨에 대해 정확히 알고 있는 것이 없었습니다. 제가 항상 들어온 것은 프리메이슨이 성경에 근거하여 가르치는 남성협회라는 것이었고 심지어 입회식 날 저녁에도 그것에 대한 설명을 많이 듣지 못했습니다. 랏지 룸에 들어가기 전 “기쁨으로 모든 옛 용법들과 확립된 기존의 관습을 따를 것입니다.”라고 선언해야 했는데 물론 그때도 여기서 말한 모든 “용도”와 “확립된 관습”이 무엇인지 전혀 몰랐던 것입니다.
저는 아버지가 연세가 드신 후 얼마나 랏지 룸에 가셨는지, 또 저녁식사 테이블에서 그것에 대한 주제가 나온 적이 있는지 기억이 나지 않았지만 아버지로부터 그것에 대한 불만을 들어본 적은 없었습니다. <계속>
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