Blessed Carlo Acutis – A Saint in Sneakers -A Young Computer Geek Who Became a “Global Influencer for God”

How does a boy from Milan who only lived to the age of 15 become a global “influencer for God” more than a decade after he died? Discover the inspiring story of Blessed Carlo Acutis, the first Millennial to be Beatified by the Catholic Church.

This tech-savvy teen has shown the world that computer coding and video games are not mutually exclusive with sainthood. Born in the same year as the launch of the World Wide Web, Carlo has been hailed by the pope for providing a witness to holiness in our digital age at a time when Christians are still grappling with how best to live out their faith in the world of laptops, cell phones, and social media.

From a young age, Carlo’s enthusiasm for God was contagious. He called the Eucharist “my highway to heaven” and was eager to tell anyone who would listen about the incredible reality of Jesus’ presence in the world, hidden in our neighborhoods under the appearances of bread and wine. 

Vatican journalist Courtney Mares traveled in the footsteps of Acutis in the Italian cities of Milan and Assisi to write this biography, which weaves storytelling with well-researched reporting to tell the inspiring story of a modern saint. Drawing on the testimonies of the numerous lives changed by Carlo, this book paints a portrait of Carlo as seen through the eyes of his family, friends, teachers, and classmates.

The book features a section on seven Eucharistic miracles, bringing you to Catholic pilgrimage sites in Europe that were photographed by Carlo for an exhibition that has traversed the globe. It also includes the story of the medical miracle attributed to Acutis’ intercession, the healing of a young boy in Brazil in 2013.

This work documents how a boy who did not seek out any attention for himself while he was alive, has “gone viral” in the years after his death. It is the story of a spiritually rich life lived as an ordinary kid. Filled with testimonies from Millennials and GenZ Catholics, this book shows how Carlo’s story is continuing to inspire generations of young people by showing that we are “called to something greater” than endless scrolling on a smartphone and that it is possible to be a saint today.

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Carlos Acutis: A Young Computer Geek Who Became a Catholic Saint

Carlos Acutis was a young Italian boy who died of leukemia at the age of 15 in 2006. He was a computer geek who loved playing video games and coding, but he was also deeply devout and committed to his Catholic faith.

Acutis was known for his love of the Eucharist and his willingness to share his faith with others. He created a website called “Eucharistic Miracles Around the World” to document the many miracles that have been attributed to the Eucharist. He also wrote a book about his faith called “The Digital Rosary.”

Acutis was beatified by Pope Francis in 2020, and he is now considered a role model for young people around the world. His story shows that it is possible to be a devout Catholic and still enjoy the things of the world.

Here are some of the things that Carlos Acutis did that made him so holy:

  • He attended Mass every day and received the Eucharist frequently.
  • He prayed the Rosary every day.
  • He fasted on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Christ.
  • He volunteered at a soup kitchen and helped the poor and needy.
  • He was always kind and compassionate to others, even those who were different from him.
  • He forgave those who hurt him and prayed for them.
  • He had a deep love for the Virgin Mary and the saints.
  • He was always willing to share his faith with others.

Carlos Acutis’s life is a testament to the power of faith and the importance of living a holy life. He is an inspiration to young people everywhere and a reminder that it is possible to be a saint in the modern world.

In addition to the things mentioned above, Acutis also had a strong devotion to the Blessed Mother. He often prayed the Rosary and visited Marian shrines. He also had a special love for the Eucharist, which he believed was the source of all holiness.

Acutis’s life was cut short by leukemia, but his legacy lives on. He is an inspiration to young people around the world who are looking for ways to live a holy life in the modern world. He is also a reminder that it is possible to be a saint without being perfect. All that is required is a sincere love for God and a willingness to follow his will.