The Stars We Think We See


	Freemasonry contains many references to the heavens and few to 
the heavenly bodies, the sun, moon. and stars. A few words about 
the stars is therefore appropriate.

   Any of us looking into the heavens on a clear night would say 
he saw millions of stars, and most of you may be astounded to be 
informed that we never actually see any of the stars we think we 
see. What we actually see are rays of light sent out by those 
stars. The stars themselves are so many thousands and millions and 
billions of miles away that the rays we see tonight were on their 
way to us not last night, or the night before that, or last week, 
or last month, or last year, or many years before that. Some rays 
that reach us tonight were on their way to us before Masonry was 
born. Some of the stars are so many billions of miles away that 
their rays have travelled day and night, at speeds of light, clear 
night and dark nights through generations, through centuries, 
through the rise and fall of nations, through the rise and fall of 
civilizations, since the birth of Christ, since before the first 
stones were laid for the Great White Temple which crowned Moriah's 
Mount, in order to reach us tonight and guide our feet on our way 
home from this meeting. If the stars were close enough to come 
within the range of our vision their brilliancy would destroy us .

   Scientists tell us rays of light still are reaching us from 
stars that ceased to exist hundreds or thousand or even millions of 
years ago.

   The life of a human is but a moment in the span of time it 
takes the twinkle of a star to reach us. We live by rays of light 
produced by stars that have ceased to exist. Masons live by rays of 
a Great Light produced twenty centuries ago, or more. Those who 
follow us will be guided by what we have done, and we who are here 
but a fraction of a moment, should hasten to start rays of masonic 
light on their way to brethren who shall live a century, or a 
hundred centuries, or a thousand centuries after we have ceased to