|Caravaggio's Crucifixion of Peter|
Who was Peter? Peter, or Simon, had a fishing business. He left the business to become a disciple of Jesus, formed an inner circle, proclaimed Jesus as the Messiah, denied him, witnessed His resurrection, became the leader or rock among the disciples, worked signs and wonders, evangelized throughout the eastern Mediterranean and eventually was martyred in Rome. Two New Testament letters are attributed to Peter.
Peter the disciple would answer: by being men and women of moral character.
Now there’s a difference between personality and character.
Our personality on the surface puts us in an emotional category: cheerful, moody, etc. Character, by contrast, is singular and defines who we are, at the core of our inmost self. Character is ethical.
Character manifests itself in the choices each of us must make. Men and women of character try to be true to their inner best selves. A person of moral character will choose the dignity of the person over business or material advantage, respect for human beings over the lust for pleasure or success. A person of character is willing to go the extra mile to make something “just right.” A person of character will take a stand on principle and informed conscience.