Laureate Ritual 2
Laureate Ritual 2//There is a continuity of life which from very early times has shown progress. Mankind has progressed from the first glimmerings of understanding to finer and greater realizations of life's promise. There have been dark times and setbacks, but the progress has always been picked up and carried forward. Your own journey through life is like that, with dark times and plateaus succeeded by renewed growth and higher achievement.//Your friends in Beta Sigma Phi have traveled the way with you and helped to mold and polish your life. You have had in addition to them six unseen companions, each one carrying a light to guide your feet and direct your understanding. On your right hand have walked Courage, Vision, and Humility, and on your left, Loyalty, Fellowship and Service. Their lights of red, yellow, blue, orange, green and violet have shined through the prism of your life to direct on the path ahead of you a clear white light which not only lights your own way, but serves as a beacon for others. In the years of your progress through Beta Sigma Phi there have been times when each ray of color shone more brightly as its virtue was needed in the building of your living masterpiece. There have been times when Courage was needed to enable you to carry on at all. At times the need for Vision to see beyond obscuring mists and recognize the straight and narrow path was desperately required. The blue light of Humility must shine often in all our lives.//It reminds us that we could not find our way alone. The orange light of Loyalty is a constant brightly glowing flame at which we warm ourselves and which we feed to sustain our companions. The green light of Fellowship which reminds us always that we are not alone shines brightly in Beta Sigma Phi. The soft and delicate violet of Service illuminates the good we do, but is not garish to proclaim our deeds before the world.//You have taken to your heart each of these virtues in turn. You can never desert them, and they will never desert you. With these companions you can go through life rising to greater and greater heights and never be in fear of failing. Whatever obstacles appear in your path you will overcome. In dark times their light will show the way, and in the better times they will remind you of how you have come to your present state. You must live your life so that the great white light shining from you is a perfect reflection of all those colors, tending each of them carefully so that the light will never fail and its quality may be always pure.