Brethren,

Here are a few words of wisdom from one of our founding fathers that I thought you might enjoy...

SIGNS AND TOKENS

  The signs and tokens of Masonry are of no small value; they speak a universal language, and act as a passport to the attention and support of the initiated in all parts of the world. They cannot be lost so long as the memory retains its power. Let the possessor of them be expatriated, shipwrecked or imprisoned; let him be stripped of everything he has got in the world; still these credentials remain and are available for use as circumstances require.

  The great effects, which they have produced, are established by the most incontestable facts of history. They have stayed the uplifted hand of the destroyer; of the tyrant; they have mitigated the horrors of captivity; they have subdued the rancor of malevolence; they have broken down the barriers of political animosity and sectarian alienation. On the field of battle, in the solitude of the uncultivated forests, or in the busy haunts of the crowded city, they have made men of the most hostile feelings, and the most distant religions, and most diversified conditions, rush to the aid of each other, and feel a social joy and satisfaction that they have been able to afford relief to a brother Mason.

Benjamin Franklin