Young Computer Programmer Carlo Acutis to be Beatified

Young Computer Programmer Carlo Acutis to be Beatified

October 1, 2020 – The Vatican has announced their approval of a miracle attributed to the intercession of the Venerable Carlo Acutis, a young Italian computer programmer who passed away in 2006.

According to Catholic News Agency:

The miracle involved the healing of a Brazilian child suffering from a rare congenital anatomic anomaly of the pancreas in 2013. The Medical Council of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes gave a positive opinion of the miracle last November.

With Pope Francis’ approval of the miracle promulgated by the Congregation for the Causes of Saints Feb. 21, Acutis can now be beatified.

The beatification is expected to take place in Assisi. Acutis is currently buried in Assisi’s Church of St. Mary Major.

Acutis, who died of leukemia at the age of 15, offered his suffering for the pope and for the Church. He was born in London on May 3, 1991 to Italian parents who soon returned to Milan. He was a pious child, attending daily Mass, frequently praying the rosary, and making weekly confessions.

In May 2019, Acutis’ mother, Antonia Salzano, told CNA Newsroom: ‘Jesus was the center of his day.’ She said that priests and nuns would tell her that they could tell that the Lord had a special plan for her son.

‘Carlo really had Jesus in his heart, really the pureness … When you are really pure of heart, you really touch people’s hearts,’ she said.

Exceptionally gifted in working with computers, Acutis developed a website which catalogued Eucharistic miracles. This website was the genesis of The Eucharistic Miracles of the World, an international exhibition which highlights such occurrences.

Pope Francis also authorized the Congregation for the Causes of Saints to promulgate the decree regarding the approval of two other miracles.

One miracle attributed to 18th century Indian martyr Blessed Lazarus, also called Devasahayam, who converted from Hinduism to the Catholic faith and was severely persecuted.

The other approved miracle was through the intercession of Blessed Maria Francesca of Jesus, the missionary foundress of the Capuchin Tertiary Sisters of Loano, who died in Uruguay in 1904.

Both Blessed Lazarus and Blessed Maria Francesca of Jesus can now be canonized as saints. Their canonization dates have yet to be announced.

The Vatican decree also recognized the martyrdom of a Jesuit priest, Fr. Rutilio Grande García, and two lay companions, who were killed in El Salvador. Grande, a close friend of St. Oscar Romero, was shot by a right-wing death squad while traveling in a car on March 12, 1977. – Catholic News Agency

It appears the body of young Carlo, which has been recently exhumed for the beatification, may be incorrupt, but we are still waiting on official confirmation of this from the Vatican.

Carlo lived a remarkable life and had an incredible zeal for Christ.

His mother believed his body was incorrupt, but CNA is claiming otherwise.

In any case, he was still an incredible young man, with a miracle attributed to him that has been confirmed by the Vatican.

The above video explains how Carlo dedicated his life to Jesus and the Church, and how he spent so much time trying to bring these truths to the people of the world via the Internet.

From the Synod website, in an article entitled “Carlo Acutis, Servant of God:”

Carlo Acutis died at the age of 15 of  a galloping leukaemia, leaving in the memory of all those who knew him a great feeling of emptiness and great admiration for his brief but intense testimony of  authentic Christian life.

From the day he received his First Communion at the age of 7,  he never missed an appointment with daily Holy Mass.  He always tried, either before or after the Eucharistic celebration, to pause before the Tabernacle to adore the Lord, always truly present in the Blessed Sacrament. Our Lady was his great confidant and he never failed to honor her by reciting the Holy Rosary every day. Carlo’s modern and up-to-date ways combined perfectly with his profound Eucharistic life and Marian devotion, which helped to make him that very special boy who everyone admires and loves.

To quote Carlo’s own words: ‘Our goal must be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinity is our homeland. We are always expected in Heaven’. Another phrase of his was: ‘All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies’. To move towards this goal and not ‘die as photocopies’ Carlo said that our compass must be the Word of God, that we have to measure up to constantly. But to reach such a lofty goal very special measures are necessary: the Sacraments and prayer. In particular, Carlo placed the Sacrament of the Eucharist at the center of his life and he called it ‘my highway to Heaven’.

Carlo was very gifted with everything related to the world of computers so that both his friends and adults with computer engineering degrees considered him a genius. Everyone was amazed at his ability to understand the secrets of computers that are normally only accessible to those who have specialized university degrees. Carlo’s interests involved computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and laying out small publications, to helping those most in need especially children and the elderly.

This young believer of the Diocese of Milan was a mystery, who before he died was able to offer his suffering up for the Pope and the Church.

‘To be always united with Jesus, this is my plan of life’. These few words Carlo Acutis, the boy who died of leukaemia, said outline the distinctive feature of his short life: living with Jesus, for Jesus, in Jesus. (…) ‘I am happy to die because I lived my life without wasting even a minute of it on anything unpleasing to God’. And Carlo asks of us the same thing: he asks us to spread the Gospel through our lives, so that each of us can be a beacon to light the journey of others.

Carlo, like many adolescents of our time was  busy at school,  with his friends, and for his young age was an expert in computers. In the midst of all his commitments he encountered Jesus Christ.

Carlo Acutis became a witness to the Risen Christ, he entrusted himself to the Virgin Mary. Carlo lived a life of grace and shared his overwhelming experience of God with his peers.

He received the Eucharist every day, he attended Holy Mass devoutly daily and would pause for hours in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. His experience and Christian maturity testify to the truth of Benedict XVI’s words in the Apostolic Exhoration Sacramentum Caritatis: the sacrifice of the Mass and Eucharistic Adoration strengthen, support,  develop love of Jesus and the  availability to ecclesial service.

Carlo also nourished a special devotion to Our Lady, to whom he faithfully recited the Rosary, and feeling her motherly love, he offered her acts of mortification.

This teenager sociologically similar to his school mates, was an authentic witness that the Gospel can be lived fully even by a teenager.

In his short life, oriented to that encounter with Jesus, was like a light not only to shine on the path of those who knew him, but also of those who will come to know his story.   I am sure that this first biography of Carlo Acutis, edited by Nicola Gori, with his well known ability to involve the reader, will help today’s adolescents, so problematic and so conditioned by the Mass Media, to reflect on the meaning of life and on the Gospel values to realize it fully.

Looking at this teenager as their peers, who felt attracted by Christ’s friendship, and for this very reason experienced a truer joy, our children will be put in touch with a life experience that has not taken anything away from the wealth of young teenage years, but has enhanced them even more.

Carlo’s witness to the Gospel is not only an incentive for today’s  adolescents, but it also helps parish priests and teachers to question themselves about the value of the formation they give to young people of our parish communities and how to make this formation effective and incisive. – Synod

He very clearly had an incredible faith that was not swayed even by his terrible illness.

This website has compiled some of the videos and news articles about Carlo.

Carlo believed in praying the Rosary daily.

We should all aim to live as beautiful and honorable a life as Carlo did. We can learn from his strong faith and unshakable love for Jesus and Our Lady.

Sky News has covered this.

Father Mark Goring explains why Carlo’s story is so important and inspirational in this age of vanity and ungodliness.

Carlo appears to be sleeping peacefully after being buried 14 years ago.

In ten days Venerable Carlo Acutis will be beatified. Praise the Lord.

What Does Incorruptibility mean?

When we say someone is incorruptible, we are referring to a holy miracle that defies physics and known scientific understanding. Typically, when someone dies, if they have not been embalmed and even sometimes if they have, the body begins to decay. When someone is incorruptible it means the body has not decayed as it normally would. This can be seen as a miracle and indeed there are many Saints who are incorrupt and whose relics have been able to heal people. According to an article from Aleteia entitled “Need a Miracle? Pray to Saint Charbel!“:

The Lebanese saint has become widely known as a miraculous intercessor on countless occasions.

Throughout history God has chosen certain individuals to work stunning miracles that reveal his great power and love for all of humanity. Among them, St. Charbel Makhlouf has proven time and time again to be a powerful intercessor through whom God desires to reveal his healing touch.

He was a humble and holy hermit whose weaknesses became great strengths in the hand of God.

Charbel was born in 1828 in Lebanon and was raised in a poor shepherd family. As he grew, Charbel was attracted to the hermit’s life of the desert and eventually entered the Monastery of St. Maron in Annaya. He was faithful to his duties in religious life and drew closer to God every day. After many years Charbel felt God calling him again to become a hermit and was granted permission to live the rest of his life at a hermitage set on a hill near the monastery.

Charbel died on Christmas Eve at the age of 70, and when his body was later exhumed it was found to be incorrupt. A holy oil was discovered flowing from the tomb, which has since been the source of numerous miracles.

For example, a blind woman from Arizona was healed in 2016 after venerating the relics of St. Charbel. The medical committee investigating the miracle admitted, ‘We have no medical explanation and therefore believe this to be a miraculous healing through the intercession of St. Charbel.’

In France, a baby boy was destined to die, so the family used some oil from St. Charbel’s tomb and prayed a novena to St. Charbel for a miraculous healing. According to the family, ‘The doctors told us that he would sleep more and more and eat less and less. Instead, he was becoming increasingly alert and continued to drink his bottles in small doses. At the end of September, Côme was evaluated again. To our joy and to the astonishment of the doctors, his condition had improved so much that it was determined he would live … The Blessed Virgin and St. Charbel protected him.’

There are many more miracles reported on this website dedicated to St. Charbel, proving that God enjoys working miracles through this humble Lebanese saint. – Aleteia

Of Course, Saint Charbel is just one of many Saints whose bodies are incorrupt, and some even emit a holy oil that has healing properties.

Mystics of the Church has published an article entitled “Saints that are Incorruptible” that detail some of the stories of the various saints who are still lying in repose, as if they have not aged a day.

The exhumation of saints’ bodies may appear a macabre business, but the first examples of incorruptibility were discovered by accident. It usually happened when a body was being transferred from one place to another. Now, of course, the Church is more alive to the possibility. Not that it expects the body of every saint to be incorruptible. Indeed, it is unusual, and no one knows why a few saints’ bodies are preserved and most are not. Some believe that the piety of a particular saint is so remarkable that it permeates the whole body, while others believe that decomposition has been prevented directly by God, irrespective of the degree of piety.

The argument for a physical cause, usually applied to persons not known for their religious background, relates to the physical environment in which decomposition has been retarded by the cool, dry conditions of the place of burial. With regard to Catholic saints, the Church maintains that the environments in which saints’ bodies have been preserved are normal, or even, in some instances, particularly damp. Sometimes two bodies will be buried side by side, as was the case with Jacinta Marto and her brother Francisco, the young seers of Fatima, yet only one was preserved.

Cases of incorruptibility go back a long way. The first saint whose body was found to be incorrupt was St. Cecilia, who was martyred in AD 177. Her remains were moved to a new site in 822, and in 1599 an exhumation revealed her body to be incorrupt. Over the centuries more than 100 cases of saints whose bodies have remained incorruptible have come to light, sometimes, as with St. Cecilia, many years after their death.

St. Agnes of Montepulciano died in 1317. Not only did her body remain incorrupt, but a perfumed liquid flowed from her hands and feet. She was canonized by Pope Benedict XIII in 1726. Another Italian, St. Catherine of Bologna, died at the age of 49 in the year 1463 and was canonized in 1712. She was buried unembalmed and without a casket; 18 days later, after various reports of graveside miracles, her body was exhumed and found to be flexible and uncorrupted. It was moved to the chapel of the Poor Clares in Bologna where it is displayed to this day, dressed and seated upright in a glass case. – Mystics of the Church

These are just some of the incredible and seemingly miraculous stories about the Saints who are incorruptible. There are many such cases of uncorrupted bodies preserved in churches around the world. Some of these incorruptible Saints have been medically and scientifically examined by third parties without any worldly explanation for the miraculous state of their bodies. There is the amazing story of St. Rita of Cascia who died in the year 1457 AD:

The incorruptible body of St. Rita is kept at the Basilica of St. Rita in Cascia, Italy in a glass case and can be seen by faithful who travel to the Basilica seeking her intervention in their needs. Her body is well preserved and appears as though she is sleeping. Her flesh is milk-white; her mouth is slightly parted, so that one may see her white teeth. Her eyes are half-opened, though they had remained closed from the time of her death until the day of her solemn Beatification. She is believed to have opened her eyes several times later.

Saint Rita lying in Repose

In addition to the incorruptible state of the body, there are many other mystical events surrounding the intact body. The body of St. Rita is known to elevate itself at times to touch the network of wires that covers the coffin. This is especially noticeable on the feast day of the Saint May 22nd, and when the bishop of Spoleto, or the provincial of Umbria, makes his visits to Cascia to venerate the Saint’s body.

The habit and veil which St. Rita wore from the time she entered the convent until she died and which served for her funeral shroud are still intact and in good condition. From time to time the nuns are known to place pieces of linen or woollen cloth on the body of St. Rita. They then cut the cloth into very small pieces, and distribute them among the faithful. These pieces of cloth have been the means for thousands of miracles.

There is yet another mystical event related to the incorruptible body. A sweet odor or fragrance is known to emanate constantly from the body of St. Rita. This sweet odor is at times more noticeable than at others. Sometimes it perfumes the atmosphere beyond the limits of the Church, especially when any favor has been obtained from God through the intercession of St. Rita. On these occasions the nuns ring the large convent bell in thanksgiving to God for showing Himself so wonderful in His humble servant St. Rita. On one particular occasion, the sweet odor and heavenly fragrance coming from the body was so noticeable that the nuns were most anxious to know the cause. A few days later a lady, the wife of an eminent physician of Sinigaglia, came to the convent and informed the nuns that her son, whose life had been despaired of by her husband and other physicians, had been cured through the intercession of St. Rita. In thanksgiving for this great favor, the overjoyed mother had brought a large silver votive offering, to be placed on the tomb of the Saint.

Another supernatural grace is manifested in the wonderful healing power of the oil of the lamp that is kept constantly lighted before the tomb of St. Rita. Many remarkable cures have been effected in favor of those who, having faith and confidence in the intercession of St. Rita, anointed the afflicted parts of their bodies with a few drops of this oil. – Anointing Fire Ministries

Not only is her body incorrupt after six centuries, it has been seen blinking, levitating and has been reported to provide a healing oil.

St. Rita

In this way, Saint Rita is still serving God and his flock, even many centuries after her passing. She serves as an inspiration to many and has brought many people to Christ. This is a gift that God has bestowed not just on the Saints themselves, but on the faithful believers who have been fortunate enough to witness such Holy miracles.

Lord Jesus Christ Have Mercy on Me, a Sinner. 

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