Character - food for thought
Wednesday March 15,



Moral force; integrity a man of character


One of the topics that has peaked my interest in the last while is the subject of developing character. For the past forty-one years I have been a member of a Fraternity whose aim it is to “build better men for a better world”. My question is how does one do that in an age that holds up celebrity and outrageous behaviour as desirable characteristics.

In a recent talk I gave I put forward the thesis that to find out who “we” are we need to delve into finding each of our own personal character traits. Each of us must examine our own values. What drives us. Who do we hold up as examples of a life well-lived. Is it a parent? A teacher? A friend? What makes them someone who you want to emulate. For me it is someone who is genuine. What you see is what you get. One who treats everyone with dignity. Someone who is humble. It need not be a celebrity or someone who lives a glamorous life.

The Holy Father is a great example of someone who is true to his core values and,  by example is reminding the Church of its fundamental values and how to live them daily. He is a true servant-leader. He does not need to have the trappings of office to carry moral authority because he lives it daily. He embraces everyone equally and is a vessel of God’s love for His people that is never empty.

I leave you with this quote…some food for thought:


“Watch your actions, for they become habits.
Watch your habits, for they become character.
Watch your character, for it becomes your destiny.”

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