Life in society means more than just living together with others; it also means relating with others, giving oneself to others, and contributing to the good of all. In Beyond Good Intentions, author Juan Lorda shows that Christian morality is more than a list of do’s and don’ts but can in fact be summarized as “the art of living.” It guides Christians to live so that their actions are consistent with their inner convictions.
The author shows today’s readers the beauty and reasonableness of Christian living. We are led to see that the essence of Christian morality is not an assemblage of abstract principles, but is a call to a sincere relationship with a real historical person: Jesus of Nazareth, the God–man who shares our life with us.
Rev. Juan Luis Lorda has authored 12 books on biblical anthropology, catechetics, and theology. Born in Spain in 1955, he was ordained a priest for the Opus Dei Prelature in 1983 and has taught at the University of Navarre for many years. He is a member of the advisory council on catechetics for the Spanish Bishops Conference, and a frequent contributor to magazines and newspapers, both religious and secular.