Kathryn Lopez

"I know my life has purpose. I don't know what God's will for me is, but I know he made me with a purpose. I know he loves me. And I just try to share what I know of him. Sometimes God's purpose for us is in small things. Sometimes it is a smile to someone who is having a bad day -- we all have bad days. We all have worries and troubles, sometimes our purpose is to show a little love."

In Rio, Pope Francis talked about his desire to knock on every door in Brazil. Obviously, he can't do that. But the Church he leads is one in which every single member has a missionary mandate. At the heart of that mandate is a hope that is more powerful than politics and can never be fully seen on TV. Whatever you believe, perhaps we can at least all start with respect for our common human dignity, which no culture, no form of politics, no addiction should rob us of. And thank God for that.

(Kathryn Lopez is the editor-at-large of National Review Online www.nationalreview.com. She can be contacted at klopez@nationalreview.com.)


Kathryn Lopez

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