Seven months into the papacy of Pope Francis, the media seems much more interested in figuring out what political label he falls under rather than actually listening to what he says. But what he says is: Be who you say you are. And you can’t be who you say you are if you don’t know who you are! And you can’t help your brother if you don’t even look at him, if you’re completely indifferent to him, if you don’t even notice him, never mind fail to weep for his pain.
Earlier this year, Lee explained what it is we need to consider as we move forward in debates about the economy, health care, immigration, religious liberty and the very future of America: “The alternative to big government is not small government. The alternative to big government is a thriving, flourishing nation of cooperative communities StrokeStyle/$ID/Solid— where your success depends on your service. It’s a free enterprise economy where everyone works for everyone else, competing to see who can figure out the best way to help the most people. And it’s a voluntary civil society, where free individuals come together to meet each other’s needs, fill in the gaps, and make sure no one gets left behind.”
In freedom is duty, a duty that encourages and challenges and loves. Today’s challenges require a human encounter that no government or politician can lead; it involves an integrity deeper than any ideology and a commitment well beyond any news or campaign cycle.
Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.