Blessed Carlo Acutis (Feast Day: October 12) was born on May 3, 1991, to non-religious parents. After receiving his first Communion at age 7, he began to take Communion frequently, and he is known for his devotion to the Eucharist. He wanted to visit as many sites of Eucharistic miracles as possible, but his journey was cut short when he was diagnosed with leukemia. A computer whiz, he built a website where he catalogued every Eucharistic miracle. He also enjoyed playing video games on his PlayStation, but he limited himself to an hour a week. At school, he defended disabled students and helped friends whose parents were divorcing, and in his town, he volunteered with people experiencing homelessness. Carlo died in 2006, and he offered his sufferings for the Lord, the pope, and the Church. He was beatified by Pope Francis on Oct. 10, 2020.
To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan. — Bl. Carlo Acutis
Questions for Reflection:
- Bl. Carlo Acutis was a modern teen — he played video games and liked wearing jeans and sneakers. How can you offer up a modern convenience for the sake of others?
- How do you honor the Eucharist when you go to Mass?
- In what ways can you serve your local community, at church, at school, or in your town?