EVANGELIZING PRESENCE: Living the Moral Life Today
Pasquale T. Giordano, SJ and Nancy Russell Catan. [Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals, Makati, MM. c2007]
Is it possible to live an honest, moral, and Christ-centered life in today’s often chaotic world? What is right … and what is wrong? Is it okay to compromise? These searching questions are well answered in this gem of a book through its back-to-basics discussions of the fundamentals of moral theology presented in easy-to-understand layman’s terms. This book (the third in a series of three Evangelizing Presence books) clearly defines morality, truth, authentic Christian freedom, the reality of sin, and the redeeming grace of God. It contains practical guidelines on how to properly form one’s Christian conscience and how to make morally good decisions in today’s real world.
Evangelization involves the proclamation and presentation of morality, a morality that not only proclaims the fundamental truths of faith, but is honestly and sincerely lived out in our everyday lives. We embrace Christ, but also live so that others may see Christ in us. To do this, we need to know the fundamentals of moral living, i.e. moral theology, so that we can act out our faith in active service of one another following the example of Jesus Christ. This enables us to truly experience fullness of life in Christ.
The authors give special attention to the Christian in the marketplace who is daily confronted with the real challenges of graft and corruption, the mind-influencing distortions in media and advertising, loose moral standards, shady business ethics, increasing social and environmental responsibilities, and other areas of moral concern surrounding the work environment. Particularly, the issues of the humanity of the person, freedom, moral norms, natural law, conscience, scripture, grace, the moral act, and the reality of sin are discussed. The practical application of one’s well-formed and informed conscience is shown in the challenge of making moral decisions, with specific cases involving the marketplace in the real world of today.
We are called to be heroic Christians in whatever state of life we are in, wherever God has planted us. This demands from us the exercise of moral courage in discerning the righteous, just, and loving response to the real life challenges that confront us. We recognize that for a society, community, or nation to prosper, its economic growth must be accompanied, hand-in-hand, with appropriate social responsibility anchored in sound moral values.
This enlightening book is a MUST read for everyone who desires to live an honest, sincere, and full Christian life. This abundant, prosperous life in Christ IS possible, it IS attainable for all who answer, with Christian integrity, the challenge of living a moral life in today’s world.
Available through the National Office of the Brotherhood of Christian Businessmen and Professionals or through this website.