Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Site update & other tidbits

Today I updated the template to accomodate the new logo of the our Creator, The Grand Architect of the Universe. I also added a few of my favorite links.

This blog was created yesterday right before bedtime, so I didn't have an opportunity to expound on what got me into Freemasonry and what steps I have taken so far. When I was a young boy, I remember attending the funeral of my grandfather on my father's side. I have a vague memory of a particular group of men that attended his funeral in their ceremonial garb. I can almost pinpoint in my memory that they were elks, or perhaps Masons. Anyhow, they made an impression on my young mind, because even though my parents were not very familiar with them, they were not worried if any family members recognized them. They were there to pay tribute to a fallen brother. That is brotherly love.

I saw a documentary on the National Geographic Channel about a month ago. Sunday morning, I was probably nursing a little hangover, still in pajamas when I heard the TV announce, "Coming up next...the Secrets of the Freemasons". Oooooooo... My wife and I glanced at each other and were immediately glued. That same afternoon, I surfed the web endlessly in search for information on Freemasonry. That same Sunday after mass, my family and I drove to the Scottish Rite Temple downtown, and read the signs on the exterior of the building. I have long been looking for something, which I wasn't sure what. For the first time in a long time, I felt enlightened. I felt a sense of belonging, even though I do not yet belong. I hope to, though!

Monday, August 27, 2007

My first post

I am not a seasoned blogger by any means. Only a novice who is looking to keep a record of my experiences as I go through the process of petitioning a Masonic lodge. It is late, as I must rise early tomorrow, however I wish to post something before going to bed. I'm really excited about the name of my blog. I actually dreamt about this name or term a long time ago. It was so vivid that the name has remained in my mind all this time. In my dream the term "doctrine day" actually referred to a breed of parrots, like the Macaws or African Greys. I was amazed by these birds and asked someone in my dream what kind they were, because I had to buy some when I got back to the States. He said, "They are Doctrine Day parrots." When I woke up, I knew I would remember this term for the rest of my life. I immediately told my wife and she laughed, but at the same time seemed intrigued. I knew that someday, the term Doctrine Day would have a deeper meaning.....NOW it hit me, my initiatic process into Freemasonry and this blog! Well not yet, I just petitioned a lodge last Thursday. I must wait until their next stated meeting for them to read my petition, and then until the first Thursday of October for them to take the ballot.

I found the definition of doctrine to be in line with the general description of Freemasonry:
doctrine (plural doctrines)
A belief or tenet, especially about philosophical or theological matters.

I'm excited to share my experiences with you about this special transition in my life. Good night and I will keep you posted! ;)