Kathryn Lopez

I believe that God gave me everything, O'Brien tells me. I will be judged as to how good a steward I was of the gifts that I have. A person should be the same person in church on Sunday that he is in his business on Monday. Each of us was given free will, he continues. I and my companies respect the right of others to have their own beliefs.

Not qualifying for any of the relatively arbitrary exceptions to the HHS mandate, O'Brien acted early to request relief. Religious nonprofits were given a little more time to figure out how to violate their consciences lest they face the government's wrath -- a brilliant election-year move on the administration's part. Should Catholic and evangelicals schools, among others, get some relief, there will still be the Frank O'Briens of the country, who the Obama administration has actively gone to court to keep from exercising their religious liberty.

Regardless of anyone's beliefs, I think that our customers will find it beneficial to do business with a firm that will treat them the way that the firm wishes to be treated, O'Brien tells me. It's not a bad attitude to have in business. Agents of character build strong moral climates. A little more stewardship might keep us from future fiscal cliff standoffs.

I see myself as just an individual struggling to be good. I am not the smartest or most hard-working person that I know. God gave me the opportunity to be the steward of my companies during my lifetime. I am simply trying to follow His will as my conscience and church direct to the best of my ability, O'Brien sums up.

O'Brien should be a source of inspiration for so many of us who have been known to privatize and compartmentalize our professed beliefs. He's got that integrity thing down, demanding an authenticity to his faith and challenging himself daily. This is someone to do business with! Instead, we might shut him down.

Kathryn Lopez

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