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Carlo Acutis’ struggles

by Vatican News

We share a review of Carlo Acutis’ most outstanding acts of Christian charity. The young Italian Carlos Acutis, died after suffering a fulminating leukemia in 2006, at just 15 years of age and will be beatified 10th October in Assisi.

The 15-year-old Italian, who died in 2006 offering all his sufferings for the Church and the Pope, was a normal, handsome and popular boy. A natural “clown” who enjoyed making his classmates and teachers laugh. He loved playing soccer, video games, Nutella, and ice cream.

As he liked his food and had a sweet tooth, he put on weight and realized he had to be careful with what he ate. It was one of the many struggles Carlo had to master simple things. “What’s the use of winning 1000 battles if you can’t control your own passions, he used to say.

“Be original not photocopies”

Carlo’s motto comes true in the ordinary life of a young man like so many others, very aware of others, who became the best version of himself.
With his first savings he bought a sleeping bag for a poor man he saw on his. way to Mass. He could have bought another game for the game console – he did loved to play video games! – but instead, he decided to do an act of generosity. And it wasn’t just once.

At his funeral, the church was filled with groups of “homeless” young Carlo had helped, that comes to show that the same act he made that time with the beggar, he repeated with many other people.

He was given a diary and he decided to use it to self asses: “good marks” if he had behaved and “bad marks” if he didn’t meet his expectations. Thus he kept track of his progress. In that same notebook he wrote down : “sadness is looking at oneself, happiness is looking at God. Conversion is nothing more than looking from the bottom up. A simple movement of the eyes is enough ”.

A “natural clown”

He was a “natural clown” as his mother, Antonia Salzano, once said in an interview. He made the class and even the teachers laugh. But he realized he could annoy others, so he made an effort in that respect as well. The effort to make life pleasant for those around him was motto, for example, he didn’t like the fact that the cleaning staff had to pick up his mess. He started setting the alarm a few minutes earlier to get the room tidy and the bed made.

These details did not go unnoticed, and Raejsh, a Hindu, who cleaned at Carlo’s house, was impressed that “such a handsome, young and rich boy” being able to do so many things, decided to live a simple life: “He introduce me to and he captivated me with his deep faith, charity and purity ”he would later say. So he decided to get baptized and become a Catholic.

Purity was another of Carlo’s struggles. For him, ” God’s light is reflected on each person.” It hurt him when his companions didn’t live according to Christian morals, and he encouraged them to do so, making them understand the human body is a gift from God and sexuality had to be lived as God had intended. “Every human being’s dignity was so great that Carlo saw sexuality also had to be something very special, because it was meant to collaborate with God’s creation,” his mother recalled.

Our very soon to be Blessed also enjoyed putting his diving goggles on and playing “fetch trash from the bottom of the sea”. When he took the dogs out for a walk, he always picked up whatever litter he came across with. It was his way of improving his little “corner” in the world.

Eucharist, your highway to heaven

Carlo’s true passion was the Eucharist, “his highway to heaven.” It was this what led his mother to conversion. A woman who had “ just gone to mass three times in her life” was conquered by the boy’s affection. To answer all the questions her son asked her, she enrolled in a theology class.

At the age of 11, Carlo began to investigate the Eucharistic miracles which occurred in history. He used all his computer knowledge and talents to create a website that went through that same history, with 160 panels that can be downloaded from the Internet at this link and that have already been in more than 10,000 parishes around the world.

In the summer of 2006 Carlo asks his mother: “Do you think I should be a priest?” She answers: “You will see it by yourself, God will reveal it to you.”
At the beginning of that course he was not feeling well. It seemed like a normal flu, but as it didn’t get better his parents sent him to hospital. “I’m not leaving this place,” he said when he walked through the doors of the building.
Shortly after, he was diagnosed with one of the worst leukemias, type M3.

His reaction was surprising: “I offer to the Lord the sufferings I will have to go through for the Pope and for the Church, so as not to have to be in Purgatory and be able to go directly to heaven.” He died on October 12 the same year.
“He is being a priest from heaven,” says his mother, “he, who could not understand why stadiums were full of people and churches empty, repeatedly said: “they have to see, they have to understand.”

Source: Vatican News

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