|Inculcation of the Noblest Virtues
One word that becomes very familiar to Masons is “Inculcate.” It is brought to light by its mention in the first, or Entered Apprentice Degree. What does it mean? It means to learn by repetition. Masons participate in degrees, learn catechisms and listen to lectures many times over. Masons inculcate, and learn by saying things over and over again.¹ And what of these noble virtues? Namely, there are four cardinal virtues that every Mason attempts to perfect in his walk through life. They are the virtues of Fortitude, Prudence, Temperance, and Justice. These virtues are so essential and important to a Mason that they are described in great detail in the first Degree of Freemasonry.