Arquivo para maio, 2010

Cuba: Mulheres vestem avental maçonico

Posted in Sem classificação específica, Textos genéricos! with tags , , on 08/05/2010 by J.D.

Outra reportagem interessante sobre Cuba + Maçonaria + Mulheres:

Foto: Mónica Morós, Grand Chancellor of the Chilean Lodge.

Acho que vocês vão gostar de ler o texto de Patricia Grogg, segue o link:

Também segue o texto na integra abaixo: ”

Women Put On the Masonic Apron
By Patricia Grogg
Mónica Morós, Grand Chancellor of the Chilean Lodge. / Credit:IPS/Cuba
Mónica Morós, Grand Chancellor of the Chilean Lodge.


HAVANA, Apr 7 , 2008 (IPS) – More than 30 women have become pioneers of female Freemasonry in socialist Cuba, founding two lodges under the auspices of the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile, which will provide them with support and advice until they can function independently.

“We want them to do things in their own way, according to their customs,” Mónica Morós told IPS. She is the grand chancellor of the Chilean lodge, which sent a delegation of over 40 women Masons to Havana to initiate the Cuban women and set up the Venus and Victoria lodges.

Cuban Masonry follows the Ancient Landmarks, the set of principles, customs and traditions that enshrine the obligations of this society, including Masonic secrecy, and selected membership of adult men who respect morality.

But the sponsorship of the Chilean lodge frees the Cuban women from the rules of the male Grand Lodge of Cuba, which could not accept women among its members without risking the loss of its regular status and recognition by the other grand lodges with which it maintains fraternal relations.

In any case, the precept that excludes women “was superceded many years ago,” said Miriam Silva, the public relations officer of the Chilean lodge and a member, with Morós, of the delegation headed by Most Serene Grand Master Oriana Valdés.

The necessary rites took place on Apr. 2 in a locale lent by a Baptist Church, in the absence of a building of its own for the Venus Lodge, in Havana. The Victoria Lodge will be located in the city of Pinar del Río in western Cuba.

The Chilean women initiated 24 Cuban Master Masons and eight Apprentices. “They are ready to get to work. They are enthusiastic, and all they lack is a functioning institution, with their own place to work, which will give them stability,” Silva said.

Digna Gisela Medina, Worshipful Master of the Venus Lodge, said that some 60 Cuban women want to be initiated into Freemasonry, and the group will now focus on creating a third lodge, possibly at Caibarién, on the north coast, which will allow them to form the Women’s Grand Lodge of Cuba.

The group of new Masons includes doctors, teachers, technicians of various specialties, musicians, singers, psychologists, homemakers and university students. The youngest is 18 and the eldest is over 60. “We’re ready to grow,” said Medina, who led the organisational work prior to the creation of the two lodges.

“Being Masons has given us greater expectations as human beings, our thinking is becoming more developed, which makes us more capable of understanding reality and dealing with it. It’s a challenge,” said 46-year-old Medina, a doctor specialising in head and neck surgery at the Calixto García Teaching Hospital, in the Cuban capital.

Medina and the other Cuban women who spoke with IPS see no contradiction at all between Freemasonry and the social and political order they live in. “On the contrary, now I feel better prepared to help other people as equals, in solidarity, and to contribute to all aspects of the life of my country,” said Maritza Pérez, a 42-year-old doctor.

Silva ruled out any traces of “feminism” among women Masons. “We believe in equality and universality of work for both sexes, but as women we undoubtedly have to make up for centuries of backwardness,” she said.

“We welcome all organisations that work to benefit women. Masonry can help women to develop, to understand themselves better, as well as their role in society and in civilian life in general,” said the public relations officer and former Grand Master of the women’s Grand Lodge of Chile.

José Manuel Collera, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Cube from 2000 to 2003, said he was a strong supporter of the role of women in Freemasonry. “There is no doctrinal, philosophical, esoteric or initiatory reason to prevent a woman from becoming a Mason. Everything Masons do can be done by women as well as men,” he said.

In his view, women’s Freemasonry is an unstoppable force in the world today, matching women’s position in modern society. “Excluding women has caused the order to lose its appeal in the modern world, because women are the most important element in society,” he said.

Masonry is self-described as a progressive, philanthropic institution made up of free-thinking persons of good character who seek self-improvement. People of different religious creeds and atheists coexist within it, as do Masons of different political and philosophical persuasions.

The political polarisation that marked the first few years of the Cuban Revolution, headed by Fidel Castro, led to the weakening of Freemasonry in Cuba, in particular because of the exodus of many of its members. But after that, Masonry began to grow again. Today it has some 30,000 members and 316 lodges.

Collera said that Masonry in Cuba, which dates back to 1859, is “of the people” because the majority of those who fought for the island’s independence from Spain were Masons, including national hero José Martí. (END)




Mulheres cubanas se candidatam a lojas maçonicas

Posted in Sem classificação específica, Textos genéricos! with tags , , , on 08/05/2010 by J.D.

Muito interessante este post, esta em inglês e espanhol pois cita outras fontes.

Recomendo a leitura pois além de tratar de temas como maçonaria + mulheres dá uma visão sobre a maçonaria em Cuba, algo que para muitos é desconhecido.


Segue abaixo apenas o texto:”

Cuban Women Apply for Masonic Rites
December 19, 2007 · 1 Comment

Maria Deraismes, French feminist author, lecturer and politician, co-founder of Co-Freemasonry along with Georges Martin, through the La Respectable Loge, Le Droit Humain, Maçonnerie Mixte (Worshipful Lodge, Human Rights, Co-Masonry) in Paris.

IPS | Dec 18, 2007

By Patricia Grogg

HAVANA, Dec 18 (IPS) – A group of women are looking forward to founding the first women’s Masonic Lodge in Cuba next year, and so put an end to their traditional exclusion from Freemasonry, an esoteric society which is based on the ideals of liberty, equality and fraternity.

They are being helped in this endeavour by the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile, which will send a delegation to Cuba in mid-2008 to initiate several dozen women in Havana and Pinar del Río, 157 kilometres west of the Cuban capital, the head of the Working Committee on Women’s Masonic Lodges in Cuba, Digna Gisela Medina, told IPS.

According to Medina, women have been interested in Freemasonry for centuries, but it is only recently that women’s Lodges have come into being.

“As women achieved their goals and their active participation in society grew, women’s Lodges started to be formed in many countries of the world,” she said.

This has already happened in France, Belgium, Spain, the United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Uruguay, and other countries. “It seems to be an irreversible process, and we think that sooner rather than later, women Masons will be internationally accepted by the Regular Grand Lodges,” she added.

Fabian socialist, feminist and Theosophist 33rd degree Freemason Annie Besant

Masonry is self-described as a progressive, philanthropic institution made up of free-thinking persons of good character who seek self-improvement. People of different religious creeds and atheists coexist within it, as do Masons of different political and philosophical persuasions.

But one of the ancient fundamental precepts of the United Grand Lodge of England, which sponsors Regular Lodges all over the world, is to exclude women from the brotherhood. Initiation of women Masons, therefore, would appear to be irregular and problematic.

José Manuel Collera

However, José Manuel Collera, Grand Master of the Grand Lodge of Cuba from 2000 to 2003, says that “like many other Masons,” he thinks this rule is now outmoded and should be revoked. “Personally, I have always defended the inclusion of women in Freemasonry,” he told IPS.

In his view, excluding women has caused the order to lose its appeal in the modern world. “Women are the most important element in society; they constitute half of humanity, and they are mothers of the other half. There is no doctrinal, philosophical, esoteric or initiatory reason to prevent a woman from becoming a Mason,” he argued.

Collera acknowledged, however, that Cuban women have had to overcome several hurdles in their quest, especially among some of the most conservative male Masons. “But these are only conflicting currents of thought, not an official position of Freemasonry as a whole,” he said.

In any event, sponsorship by the Women’s Grand Lodge of Chile removes any risk of the male Grand Lodge of Cuba losing its regularity and the recognition of the other Grand Lodges it is in amity with, by transgressing the ancient boundaries and accepting women among its numbers.

Women’s Masonry uses the Scottish rite, also practised by the male Cuban Lodges, so the symbols, rituals and initiations will be the same for men and women, said Medina, 46, who is a specialist in maxillofacial surgery at the Calixto García teaching hospital in Havana.

Among the groups of Masonic aspirants, aged 18 to 60, there are professional women and homemakers, Catholics and state employees. “The important qualities are that they should be virtuous, discreet, hardworking, and of course keen to join the Masons,” said Medina, whose father and husband are Freemasons.

Political activism or belonging to other social organisations are no bar to becoming a Mason, Collera and Medina said.

The Working Committee led by Medina was formed two years ago in Havana, and is made up of about 30 women. In Pinar del Río there are 32 women aspirants, and interest has spread to Caibarién, a town on the north coast of the province of Villa Clara, 268 kilometres from Havana, where a new group of women is getting under way.

There are plans for another Working Committee to be set up in Santiago de Cuba, the country’s second-largest city, which is 847 kilometres southeast of Havana. “We are not interested so much in quantity as in quality,” Medina said.

Statistics from 2004 indicate that there are 29,000 Masons in Cuba, organised in over 300 Lodges. The governing body of the order is the Grand Lodge of Cuba, and both the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite, as well as the York Rite, are practised.

According to experts, throughout the history of Cuban Masonry women have always been associated with its activities, lending external support, but until now the felt need of women to enter the inner sanctum of its mysteries has gone unrecognised.

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Loja em Havana Cuba

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Pra quem achava que no comunismo não existia maçonaria, mude de impressão. Achei essa foto na internet mas o texto não esta mais no blog então fica aqui apenas e foto e a fonte.


Lojas no Haiti continuam trabalhando !!

Posted in Sem classificação específica, Textos genéricos! with tags on 08/05/2010 by J.D.

Recebi as fotos do ir:. Cristian, são bem motivadoras, apesar do terremoto e da pobreza os irmãos continuam trabalhando, ótimos exemplos para todos nós, inclusive para quem não é maçon, é um exemplo que devemos persistir, lutar e não se entregar apesar das maiores tragédias.

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A Sabedoria de Silenciar

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Recebi este texto pelo ir:. Ronaldo, achei bem legal, foi escrito por Felipe Aquino. Segue abaixo:

Até os insensatos quando se calam passam por sábios

Sócrates, o sábio filósofo grego, dizia que a eloquência é, muitas vezes, uma maneira de exaltar falsamente o que é pequeno e de diminuir o que é, de fato, grande. A palavra pode ser mal-usada, mascarada e empregada para a dissimulação. É por isso que os sábios sempre ensinaram que só devemos falar alguma coisa “quando as nossas palavras forem mais valiosas que o nosso silêncio”. A razão é simples: nossas palavras têm poder para construir ou para destruir. Elas podem gerar a paz, a concórdia, o conforto, o consolo, mas podem também gerar ódio, ressentimento, angústia, tristeza e muito mais. “Mesmo o estulto, quando se cala, passa por sábio, por inteligente, aquele que fecha os lábios” (Pr 17,28).

O silêncio é valioso, sobretudo quando estamos em uma situação difícil, quando é preciso mais ouvir do que falar, mais pensar do que agir, mais meditar do que correr. Tanto a palavra quanto o silêncio revelam o nosso ser, a nossa alma, aquilo que vai dentro de nós. Jesus disse que “a boca fala daquilo que está cheio o coração” (cf. Lc 6,45). Basta conversar por alguns minutos com uma pessoa que podemos conhecer o seu interior revelado em suas palavras; daí a importância de saber ouvir o outro com paciência para poder conhecer de verdade a sua alma. Sem isso, corremos o risco de rotular rapidamente a pessoa com adjetivos negativos.

Sabemos que as palavras são mais poderosas que os canhões; elas provocam revoluções, conversões e muitas outras mudanças. A Bíblia, muitas vezes, chama a nossa atenção para a força das nossas palavras. “Quem é atento à palavra encontra a felicidade” (Eclo 16,20). “O coração do sábio faz sua boca sensata, e seus lábios ricos em experiência” (Eclo 16, 23). “O homem pervertido semeia discórdias, e o difamador divide os amigos” (Eclo 16,28). “A alegria de um homem está na resposta de sua boca, que bom é uma resposta oportuna!” (Pr 15,23).

Quanta discórdia existe nas famílias e nas comunidades por causa da fofoca, das calúnias, injúrias, maledicências! É preciso aprender que quando errarmos por nossas palavras, quando elas ferirem injustamente o irmão, teremos de ter a coragem sagrada de ir até ele pedir perdão. Jesus ensina que seremos julgados por nossas palavras: “Eu vos digo: no dia do juízo os homens prestarão contas de toda palavra vã que tiverem proferido. É por tuas palavras que serás justificado ou condenado” (Mt 12, 36).

Nossas palavras devem sempre ser “boas”, isto é, sempre gerar o bem-estar, a edificação da alma, o consolo do coração; a correção necessária com caridade. Se não for assim, é melhor se calar. São Paulo tem um ensinamento preciso sobre quando e como usar a preciosidade desse dom que Deus nos deu que é a palavra: “Nenhuma palavra má saia da vossa boca, mas só a que for útil para a edificação, sempre que for possível, e benfazeja aos que ouvem” (Ef 4, 29).

Erramos muito com nossas palavras; mas por quê?

Em primeiro lugar porque somos orgulhosos, queremos logo “ter a palavra” na frente dos outros; mal entendemos o problema ou o assunto e já queremos dar “a nossa opinião”, que muitas vezes é vazia, insensata, porque imatura, irrefletida. Outras vezes, erramos porque as pronunciamos com o “sangue quente”; quando a alma está agitada. Nesta hora, a grandeza de alma está em se calar, em conter a fúria, em dominar o ego ferido e buscar a fortaleza no silêncio.

Fale com sinceridade, reaja com bom senso e sem exaltação e sem raiva e expresse sua opinião com cautela, depois que entender bem o que está em discussão. Muitas vezes, nos debates, estamos cansados de ver tanta gente falando e poucos dispostos a ouvir. Os grandes homens são aqueles que abrem a boca quando os outros já não têm mais o que dizer. Mas, para isso, é preciso muito exercício de vontade; é preciso da graça de Deus porque a nossa natureza sozinha não se contém.

Deus nos fala no silêncio, quando a agitação da alma cessou; quando a brisa suave substitui a tempestade; quando a Sua palavra cala fundo na nossa alma; porque ela é “eficaz e capaz de discernir os pensamentos de nosso coração” (cf Hb 4,12).