One of my numerous beloved tariffs at Catholic Exchange includes talking about huge Catholic bibles and columnists on radio and TV, in both Catholic and secular markets. Nonetheless, the most recent figure I got to discuss was Bl. Carlo Acutis, whose 30 th birthday we celebrated this month with many Catholic terminals hosting me to answer questions about the Millennial Saint.
Bl. Carlo died in 2006 at the age of 15. So why did so many people want to talk about this Italian teenager who passed away over ten years ago?
Even though he died before he even reached adulthood, Bl Carlo left behind a great legacy of Catholic evangelization. His own life was fitted with a profound passion of the Eucharist, which “hes having” hugged at the young age of 7, even asking to be confirmed early.
He spoke of his time in Eucharistic adoration as if he was talking to his best friend. He was just a 21 st century St. Therese, carry in love with Christ, and it constituted their own families, friends, and total strangers want to share in that same beloved. And that would be enough to call him a saint.
But Carlo was unlike any other saint in previous generations: he was a self-proclaimed geek who loved learning all about computers and the internet and how it could spread the faith. He exercised his love of computers and design to build up incredible websites full of information( with printable museum aspect signs !) about Eucharistic miracles all around the world. He even set out to visit each of the famed situates he experimented. Regrettably, leukemia would make him before he had been able to terminated this. But his work is far from over.
I love Bl Carlo. He and I are not too far apart in age, and I check so much better of my contemporary in him. But he rose about our generational mistrust, consumerism, and nihilism to actually hug the enjoy he found in faith.
In this past year, amidst the lockdowns, Bl. Carlo’s work was displayed in parishes all over the world to remind people of the importance of ensuring that the Eucharist. His work on the internet was used over a decade after his untimely death and that is why I think he is a fine patron saint to adopt in my little litany: the patron saint of new media evangelization.
The internet is fleeting to the majority of members of us. The pictures of cats and clickbait headlines going on in here and it’s hard to remember social media scandals from two weeks ago. But Bl Carlo shows us that it can be much, so much better. While he was just one person, a mere child, his office will endure for contemporaries, much like archaic saints who borrowed new technologies in order to spread the Gospel to all who would hear.
I am not Bl. Carlo, although I would like to be, but Catholic Exchange works to express the charism of this sanctified Italian teen. We crave the internet to be used as the means to evangelize, in our own little way to make saints in our lifetime for benefit of future generations. And our little lane does indeed reach many people! Along with the hundreds of thousands of readers and listeners we perform, we’re also water resources for districts and dioceses who need our part and penetrations to help their parishioners in their spiritual living. And, like Bl. Carlo, we are seeing the challenges and need to adapt to the constant alterations of our goal battleground.
And the great thing is that we do this with minimal staff and budget. Through our friends at Sophia Institute Press and the charity of our sponsors, we can still meet our books needs while looking to the future. But to plan for our future also represents I have to ask for support from those who have the means and this is why I’m reaching out to you today.
Our boosters have helped us adapt to so many alterations since CE launched decades ago and, through the help of both saints and supporters, we will continue to adapt to the new challenges of things like social media censoring, cataclysmic mass attendance, and social discord. But we will only be able to begin that long work through your support today. So, if you have been influenced or consecrated by the work of Catholic Exchange, can you help us today with a donation of $10, $24 or even $100. If you can also help us by committing to a monthly donation, you’ll allow us to truly consider our future efforts.
I know the last year has been difficult and not all can give, but I would be grateful if you could add us to your prayer desires. In happening, delight pray for us whether you can donate or not, and I peculiarly recommend Bl. Carlo as a devotion companion.
For all of you who pray for us and support us financially, I cannot expressed appreciation for enough for allowing us the support of working in our small channel to impart the truths of our sect across the globe to millions of beings a year.
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