Devotion to duty.
Strength and humility.
Restored public confidence.
Rose above politics.
All seen today in the opening paragraphs of stories about President Gerald R. Ford, the last president of the United States who was a Freemason.
His column is broken. His death was untimely, and his brethren mourn.
Brother Ford once said this about his Masonic involvement:
When I took my obligation as a Master Mason—incidentally, with my three younger brothers—I recalled the value my own father attached to that order. But I had no idea that I would ever be added to the company of the Father of our Country and twelve other members of the order who also served as Presidents of the United States.
Masonic principles—internal, not external—and our order’s vision of duty to country and acceptance of God as a Supreme Being and guiding light have sustained me during my years of Government service. Today especially, the guidelines by which I strive to become an upright man in Masonry give me great personal strength.
Masonic precepts can help America retain our inspiring aspirations while adapting to a new age. It is apparent to me that the Supreme Architect has set out the duties each of us has to perform, and I have trusted in His will with the knowledge that my trust is well-founded….