Today was the beatification of Carlo Acutis who died from leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15. His is a beautiful story of faith and love of Jesus in the Eucharist. He put together a web site with an extremely comprehensive list of Eucharistic miracles throughout the world.
Some quotes that exemplify the faith of this young man include:
- The Virgin Mary is the only woman in my life.
- The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.
- By standing before the Eucharistic Christ, we become holy.
- Continuously ask your guardian angel for help. Your guardian angel has to become your best friend.
- All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies.
- To always be close to Jesus, that’s my life plan.
- Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God.
- Not me, but God.
- The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.
- Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again. . . It is important to go to confession often.
- I am happy to die because I have lived my life without wasting a minute on those things which do not please God.
There is a great article about Carlo on the Vatican News website entitled Carlo Acutis: Millennial generation has a Blessed.
Thank you, Lord, for the example of this faith-filled young man. Blessed Carlo, intercede for teens who have no direction in their lives that they might find strength and solace in the Eucharist. Amen.