Kathryn Lopez

Outside the Supreme Court, it was hard not to be moved by the desire on display for something more. You don't have to be a proponent of same-sex marriage to see the yearning for something good and beautiful. Still, redefining marriage -- like surrogacy markets and other reproductive political efforts involving such intimate issues -- isn't ours to rework. And yet here we are. We're in a time where people are trying to make sense of things, by making less sense, robbing words and even ourselves of the kind of dignity and purpose that has built not just civilizations but union with something eternal.

We all want "to love and be loved, to know and be known," as Fr. Paul Check, executive director of Courage, a Catholic group that ministers to homosexuals, recently put it. If we can figure out how to help one another in service and sacrifice, in union with the beautiful and the uplifting, in ways that make sense in a natural and supernatural order, we might just have some compelling, peacemaking proposals to consider together.

But that's a journey we cannot make yelling at one another over social media and in angry crowds, but in prayer and real, engaging debate, and the sharing of beautiful and painful struggles and triumphs of the human spirit.

On an evening before the news cameras arrived for the big political rulings from the judiciary, a passerby was fascinated and receptive. Perhaps the monks and nuns weren't a blast from the past, but a flash from our future together.

Kathryn Lopez

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