Such a worldview is a matter of faith, but it’s also a pillar that buttresses and enhances our democratic republic, culture and civilization. Pope Francis’s ode to the joy of the Gospel was issued on the same day that the Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea of the Green family, owners of the Hobby Lobby chain of stores, to protect religious liberty and conscience rights in the business world.
Heaven knows we need good people in business.
“Do not be afraid” is a constant papal refrain. Would you rather live afraid of who might walk into your life and tear it down, or would you rather live with the joy that hope, a purposeful existence and a merciful Creator makes possible? This should be easy to choose. The alternative is to keep the world in a darkness that Christmas lights only mask, if the holiday is only about things purchased with cash or a credit card, instead of perpetual, unmistakable gratitude.
(Kathryn Jean Lopez is editor-at-large of National Review Online, director of Catholic Voices USA and a consultant with the Magnificat Foundation. She can be contacted at email@example.com.)