Blessed Carlo Acutis who died in 2006 at the age of 15.
A young girl prays before the image of Carlo Acutis in the Bronx, New York City on April 7, before a special ceremony in which a relic from Carlo’s heart was handed over to Cardinal Timothy Dolan by the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino. Photo courtesy of Jeffrey Bruno. His excellent work may be viewed here.
“I am the living bread that came down from heaven; whoever eats this bread will live forever; and the bread that I will give is my flesh for the life of the world.” —John 6:51
“I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church.” —Blessed Carlo Acutis, who died at the age of 15 in 2006. The words cited were words he spoke in the final hours of his life, when he suffered great pain
“The Bishops of the United States are calling for a three-year grassroots revival of devotion and belief in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist. They believe that God wants to see a movement of Catholics across the United States, healed, converted, formed, and unified by an encounter with Jesus in the Eucharist — and sent out in mission “for the life of the world. These three years will culminate in the first National Eucharistic Congress in the United States in almost 50 years. Almost a hundred thousand Catholics will join together in Indianapolis for a once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimage toward the ‘source and summit’ of our Catholic faith.”—Statement of the US Bishops’ Conference found at https://eucharisticrevival.org/. The conference is launching a three-year preparation for a National Eucharistic Conference in 2025. Carlo Acutis with his great devotion to the Eucharist is part of this preparation.
Letter #68, 2022, Wednesday, April 13: Blessed Carlo Acutis
A relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis — the first “millennial” to be beatified — has come to America.
The relic arrived last Thursday, April 7, in New York City.
The relic is from Carlo’s heart.
The relic was handed over a special ceremony at the end of a Mass in St. Rita’s Church in the Bronx on Thursday, April 7, by Italian Archbishop Domenico Sorrentino, the bishop of Assisi, to the Archbishop of New York, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who received the relic on behalf of the U.S. Bishops’ Conference.
Carlo Acutis died of sudden onset leukemia in 2006 at the age of 15.
He was declared “Blessed” by the Church on October 10, 2020.
His body lies in Assisi, Italy, in a tomb next to the Chapel of the Renunciation, the place where St. Francis of Assisi stripped himself of all his clothes and worldly possessions to follow Christ in poverty and humility.
Bishop Sorrentino said that Carlo’s spirituality was focused on the Eucharist, and that he is an inspiration to many young people, because he was an “ordinary boy” of our time with an extraordinary love of Jesus Christ.
The pilgrimage of the relic from Carlo’s heart around the United States over the next year will hopefully prepare the way for a renewal of Eucharistic devotion, especially among young people, the bishop told me.
I wanted to send out this newsflash about Carlo today, as tomorrow is Holy Thursday, the anniversary of the day almost 2,000 year’s ago when the Lord celebrated the Passover supper with his disciples, and instituted the Holy Mass, the liturgy of thanksgiving for His efficacious sacrifice for the salvation of the world from sin.
A Blessed Holy Thursday to all.—RM
A convent of the Missionaries of Charity is next door to St. Rita’s Church in the Bronx. A dozen Missionaries of Charity participated in the ceremony to hand over the relic. Here is one of them holding the relic of Blessed Carlo Acutis. Photo by Jeff Bruno.
The text below comes from the following diocesan website, link.
WHO WAS CARLO ACUTIS?
Carlo Acutis was born May 3, 1991, in London, where his parents were working. Just a few months later, his parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, moved to Milan.
As a teenager, Carlo was diagnosed with leukemia. He offered his sufferings for Pope Benedict XVI and for the Church, saying “I offer all the suffering I will have to suffer for the Lord, for the Pope, and the Church.”
He died on October 12, 2006, and was buried in Assisi, at his request, because of his love for St. Francis of Assisi.
His cause for canonization began in 2013. He was designated “Venerable” in 2018, and designated “Blessed” October 10.
Carlo Acutis is the first millennial to be beatified.
SO, HE WAS PRETTY HOLY, HUH?
From a young age, Carlo seemed to have a special love for God, even though his parents weren’t especially devout. His mom said that before Carlo, she went to Mass only for her First Communion, her Confirmation, and her wedding.
But as a young child, Carlo loved to pray the Rosary. After he made his First Communion, he went to Mass as often as he could, and he made Holy Hours before or after Mass. He went to Confession weekly.
He asked his parents to take him on pilgrimages — to the places of the saints, and to the sites of Eucharistic miracles.
There was fruit of Carlos’ devotion in his life. His witness of faith led to a deep conversion in his mom, because, according to the priest promoting his cause for sainthood, he “managed to drag his relatives, his parents to Mass every day. It was not the other way around; it was not his parents bringing the little boy to Mass, but it was he who managed to get himself to Mass and to convince others to receive Communion daily.”
He was known for defending kids at school who got picked on, especially disabled kids. When a friend’s parents were getting a divorce, Carlo made a special effort to include his friend in the Acutis family life.
And he promoted Eucharistic miracles, especially through a website he built to promote them.
On the site, he told people that “the more often we receive the Eucharist, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.”
When Carlo got sick, his life of faith increased. He was intentional about offering up his suffering for the Church, the pope, and for people who were suffering with illness.
[End, biography of Carlo Acutis]