Kathryn Lopez

Castle and his wife, Angi, put energy into marriage training, too, by helping lead Catholic marriage-preparation retreats. "As couples grow closer to God through service/sacrifice, they also grow closer to each other," he wrote, coach-like, in a May devotion.

Castle's zeal is contagious and even a little bit relentless. When I met him in South Bend, Ind. this summer for the Vitae Institute conference at Notre Dame, he had actually bought a conference participant a pair of sneakers so he could join the crowd Castle had rounded up for early morning runs. You may not run actual marathons, but he may get you running in one way or another -- more fully engaged in life, in your beliefs, in helping others be able to move and flourish. (Anyone can sign up with LIFE Runners devotions at www.lifegroup413.org.)

If you think the abortion debate is going nowhere fast, watch Castle. He may give you another impression. And he may just get you moving yet. The first lady wouldn't find that all bad.

And as I write, the LIFE quote of the day is: "Once we have humbled ourselves for the faults God allows us to become aware of in ourselves, we must forget them and go forward." Not a bad thought for getting Washington moving, as well.

Kathryn Lopez

Kathryn Jean Lopez, editor of National Review Online, writes a weekly column of conservative political and social commentary for Newspaper Enterprise Association.