Last weekend, on October 10, the church got a new “blessed”! His name is Carlo Acutis and he is the first member of the “millennial” generation to be beatified. He was from northern Italy and was only 15 years old when he died of leukemia in a hospital in Monza, Italy, only 90 miles from Turin, the hometown of my own saintly hero, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati.
According to the Vatican News website, Carlo “was a normal, handsome and popular boy. A natural jokester who enjoyed making his classmates and teachers laugh. He loved playing soccer, video games, and had a sweet tooth.” His love for ice cream caused him to put on weight which caused him to understand the need for self-control. He used to say, “What’s the use of winning 1,000 battles if you can’t beat your own passions?” Above all else, Carlo loved the Eucharist. He couldn’t understand why stadiums were full of people while churches were empty. To increase devotion to the Eucharist, Carlo used his computer skills to create a website that traced Eucharistic miracles around the world. You can access that website by visiting this link: http://www.miracolieucaristici.org/en/Liste/list.html
Let us call on Blessed Carlo, that his intercession will help us re-evangelize our nation and bring our brothers and sisters back to the Eucharistic Face of Jesus.”
Father Brent Crowe