The legacy of President Kennedy, our first Catholic president, is a complex one. The cult of Camelot overlooks a lot. At a time when we are losing a common understanding of so very many fundamentals, ours is a moment of tremendous opportunity, to reflect on just what it was that inspired us about Kennedy: a sense of hope.
and renewal about the future. Human dignity is not just a matter to consider in the midst of a massive horror or disaster. The man standing next to us as we try to cross the street is loved by God. Do we realize? Do we do anything about it?
That sense that our lives have a divine purpose and law ensures that we are free to pursue them as great gifts. What are we doing to preserve life and liberty, to advance them, to see men and women flourish? Thanksgiving isn’t simply for counting our blessings but for recommitting ourselves to lives of gratitude, lives that help facilitate opportunity and even joy. To not do so would be damned unworthy of the gifts of life and freedom that we must be stewards of and evangelists for.
(Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)