Kathryn Lopez

"Unconditional love," he reflected, "is a gift that Ann and I have tried to pass on to our sons and now to our grandchildren. All the laws and legislation in the world will never heal this world like the loving hearts and arms of mothers and fathers."

Love is a many-splendored thing. And it can even reach across political parties. New York Archbishop Timothy Dolan, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, prayed at the RNC and will do so at the Democratic National Convention as well. He will also break bread with both candidates at a charity dinner on Oct. 18, hoping to bring light "in a time when divisiveness and almost a hyperbolic partisanship seem to have overtaken the American political process," he tells me.

"If I speak in human and angelic tongues but do not have love, I am a resounding gong or a clashing cymbal," St. Paul wrote in I Corinthians 13. It's a wedding favorite, for obvious reasons. "And if I have the gift of prophecy and comprehend all mysteries and all knowledge; if I have all faith so as to move mountains but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give away everything I own, and if I hand my body over so that I may boast but do not have love, I gain nothing." This is true in life and in politics: Without love, any victory is fleeting.

Kathryn Lopez

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