ROSE B. CALABRETTA, BAPTISM AND CONFIRMATION. The Vocation and Mission of the Laity in the Writings of Virgil Michel
Dom Virgil Michel (1890-1938)
was a Benedictine of the Midwest, U.S.A. Working intensely at the turn
of the twentieth century, under the pressure of «being on time»,
he was deeply aware that Catholic spirit had to express itself in everyday
living if it were to be truly authentic. In his own life this bore fruit
on many fronts: liturgical renewal, educational reform, philosophical apostolate,
ecumenical efforts, social theory for Catholic action, and social action
for Catholic living. Precocious as a theology of the laity, his theology
of the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation struck at the very heart
of the vocation and mission of all members of the Mystical Body, and has
even been considered a «theology of fellowship», a veritable
theology of grace.
«Virgil Michel Faces the New Age» with an apologetics for a renewed Catholic sacramental theology. While listening to him in his pre-Vatican II setting, this work enjoys the further advantage of observing the tenets of the Catholic faith within theological developments and philosophical currents of the final years of the Second Millennium. Fascinating and attractive, intent on restoring vitality to Catholic worship ÿ especially among youth ÿ his theology of Baptism and Confirmation presented the intimate personal experience of the supernatural life, entering a mysterious, inner dimension of the self. But it was also a social, ecclesial experience. It was by no means the same, humanly speaking, to be baptized or not to be baptized,… to be confirmed or not to be so.
ROSE B. CALABRETTA was born in New York,
U.S.A. Idente Missionary of Christ Crucified, she has studied as resident
scholar and worked as social volunteer in Latin America, India and Pakistan.
1981 saw her first doctorate, in sociology, at Fordham University, Bronx,
New York, where she taught for several years. In 1998, she obtained the
doctorate in Dogmatic Theology at the Pontifical Gregorian University.
Resident in Italy since 1984 and dedicating her energies to humanistic
and inter-faith dialogue with European youth and cultural circles, she
has served three years as data analyst in the Pontifical Council for Healthcare
Apostolate, two years as Central European Program Director in the International
«Jacques Maritain» Institute, and since 1989 as faculty member
at the Pontifical Institute «Regina Mundi» and the International
Institute «Camillianum» for Theology of Healthcare Apostolate.
(C) PUG 1999