A Grand Principle
The Order is founded on three grand principles, being Brotherly Love (friendship), Relief (charity) and Truth (integrity).
Charity is, therefore, one of the three great pillars which support the fraternity. But how is this demonstrated?
From its earliest days, Freemasonry has been concerned with the care of orphans, the sick and the aged.
Freemasons are taught to practise charity and to care, not simply for each another but also for the wider community, by giving charitably and by undertaking voluntary work as individuals. Masonic charity can be something as small as buying a birthday gift for the widow of a deceased member, to supporting major disaster relief agencies in their work in times of need.