By Mathew Jose Kurian, Chennai, India

Imagine this – the restless teenager sitting next to you in the metro is to be a saint. The rebellious classmate who was sent to the Principal’s room is to be a saint. The shy computer geek sitting in the corner of the library furiously smashing codes into his laptop is to be a saint.

One brilliant example of this will be Carlo Acutis, the 15-year-old computer prodigy who used his coding skills to make known to the world some of the famous Eucharistic miracles. Born in London to humble middle class, working parents, the family returned to Italy and settled in Milan where Carlo began his spiritual journey. After receiving the Lord in Holy Communion at the age of 7, he made it a point never to miss an opportunity to partake in the most sacred mystery on Earth – The Holy Eucharist. He used to spend time in front of the Blessed Sacrament to worship the Lord regularly. He was very fond of the Virgin of Pompeii, where he went dozens of times accompanied by his parents, and where each time he renewed his act of consecration to Mary. He used to say: “The Madonna is the only woman of my life!”, and he never missed ‘the most loving appointment of the day’ – for him the prayer of the Holy Rosary.

Carlo was dedicated for the welfare of all the people he encountered – more so for immigrants, beggars, disabled persons, elderly people, and children. He was worried for friends whose parents were divorced or in the process of divorcing, and he tried to ease their pain by inviting them home. He helped the weak and  Servant of God, Carlo Acutis By Mathew Jose Kurian, Chennai, India Modern Sa i n t s Chandeliers  disabled boys who had no one to take care of. He was always ready in the defense of Christian morals and values, and once in a classroom discussion he was the only one who opposed abortion. He had a great appreciation of the innate goodness in people and was saddened to see how most were wasting their God-given talents; so much so that he once remarked “All people are born as originals but many die as photocopies.”

At the age of 11, he used his computing skills to catalogue all the Eucharistic miracles of the world. He requested his parents to take him to all the places of the Eucharistic miracles and completed the project in two and half years. He researched over “136 Eucharistic miracles that occurred over the centuries in different countries around the world, and have been acknowledged by the Church” and collected them into a virtual museum by creating a website for it. He wrote, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth we will have a foretaste of Heaven.”

Although he led a devout prayer life, he was a normal teenager of his times and his hobbies were computer programming, film editing, website creation, editing and layout of comics.

Quick Facts:

Born: 3 May 1991,London, United Kingdom

Died: 12 October 2006,Monza, Italy

Titled Servant of God :13 May 2013

He died at the age of 15, on October 11, 2006, within a few days of being diagnosed of leukemia, and the Archdiocese of Milan has already started the journey for the opening of the Cause of Beatification.

Servant of God, Carlo Acutis used his ability and gift of coding to spread the little knowledge that he had accumulated for the greater glory of God. Let us also, like him, take a decision with the Lord, to use all means possible to bring glory to His name.