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How to Let Your Virtue be Influential

How do you measure influence at work or in your social circle?  It might be by the size of your home or the car you drive.  It might be by your title.  Or, it just might be measured by the scope of your virtue.

Blessed Charles de Foucauld, (19th century Frenchman who inspired the founding of the Little Brothers and Sisters of Jesus) once wrote, "There is always work to be done by example, goodness and prayer...by the gentle influence of virtue rather than advice."

These words of wisdom touch each of us where we are at.  For the mother at home with small children, her example of patience and love is a testimony of virtue.  Kids pick up on these things- and eventually mymic them.  Or, take the top-flight CEO who tries to practice honesty and integrity.  When the deal comes across his desk that just smells of something fishy, he will do the right thing- and people will be watching.

All of us can be a person of profound virtuous influence.  Who will your virtue influence today?

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