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Service is being helpful to the entire family of man. It’s sometimes called beneficence, which is a fancy way of saying “the act of doing good.” Service takes us outside that circle and sometimes even outside of our comfort zones. When we are being of service we are helping the greater community for the common good.
Service is closely related to the virtue of Helpfulness. When we are helpful, we do things that make it easier for others around us. We serve by helping. But Service is being helpful on a bigger scale than simply helping a family member with the chores.