The essence of this virtue is faithful friendships and brotherhood. Life is a lonely journey without true friendship. DeMolays are taught to value friendship and to be loyal companions to friends and to fellow brothers in DeMolay.
This virtue, as well as the next (fidelity), are portrayed in the DeMolay Degree. Jacques DeMolay refused to betray his friends and brethren in the last days of the Knights Templar. For his defiance of the Inquision, DeMolay was burned at the stake on March 18, 1314. Jacques DeMolay’s loyalty to his comrades was unto death. May we emulate his example in how we deal with our friends and brothers.