They asked me to write about Acute Carlo. I don’t know who it is. They tell me that he was beatified by Pope Francis on October 10, 2020 in Assisi, Italy. A miracle has been recognized in the Church of Our Lady of Aparecida, in Campo Grande, Brazil. A child who had annular pancreas disease and was in serious danger of death was cured by being blessed with the relics of Carlo Acutis, which had arrived at the church on October 12, 2010, the anniversary of his death. The boy, mysteriously, was cured forever.
I still do not understand. I begin to investigate in the networks. A video with his body appears, placed in an open coffin in the church and sanctuary “del Despojo” in Assisi (it was there that Saint Francis took off his clothes in front of his father Pietro Bernardone). There are a lot of people crowded around Carlo’s sarcophagus. What is remarkable is that this fifteen-year-old died on October 12, 2006 and his body is well preserved. Some speak of a miracle, that he is uncorrupted, but the Bishop of Assisi, Domenico Sorrentino, points out that he was treated with preservation techniques, although none of his organs were missing.
Dressed in sportswear, a blue jumpsuit, jeans and sneakers, he has his hands clasped on his chest with a rosary. It seems asleep. His mother says that his skin has barely darkened a bit (because he was treated with silicones). I watch him behind the computer screen. His body is long, measuring one meter seventy-eight. His eyes and mouth are closed, but with something that gives him an angelic touch.
I wonder: why do so many pilgrims come to venerate him? Why have prayer groups with his name formed in different parts of the world and his fame spreads without stopping? What have you done in your life for such a prelude to holiness?
Carlo Acusti was born in England on May 3, 1991. His parents are Italian and were there for work reasons. He was baptized on May 18, by family tradition since, as his parents say, they were not practitioners at that time. In September they return to live in Milan. It is a wealthy family, with good resources. The boy grows up and at three years old he already surprises his parents, Andrea Acutis and Antonia Salzano, because he wants to enter the churches to greet Jesus. They do not understand the reason for such a request. The one who does understand is his Polish nanny, named Beata, a fervent Catholic who, according to Carlo, will be the one who will form him in the faith.
At the age of seven he asks to receive his first communion, although it is not customary at his Catholic school to do so so early. They authorize it. He begins to go to Mass daily, if his parents do not accompany him, he does so first with his nanny and later with Rajehs Mour, a Hindu of the Brahmin caste who works at home and who will end up converting to the Catholic faith. Mass, daily communion and Eucharistic Adoration immerse him in the living Christ present in the Eucharist, who will always make him say: “My highway to go to heaven is the Eucharist”. In addition, he will become a devotee of Mary and will begin to pray the rosary that he will wear wrapped around his right wrist. “Maria, she was the only woman in my life,” she told her parents before she died.
At school he is a good companion, simple, nice, happy, who offers himself to others with ease and tries to talk to them about the faith. “To always be united to Jesus, that is my life project.” He plays football assiduously, likes animals (especially dogs) and flies kites, but its greatest attraction will be computing and technology. Many of your peers will say you were a genius with a computer.
Carlo takes advantage of this facility to make web pages and produce videos about studies that he will carry out throughout his short life. Among his investigations, the one that he carried out to explain the “transubstantiation” of the host in the body of Jesus stands out; and another on the “Eucharistic Miracles”, that is, on events that occurred in the world in which a host becomes little pieces of the body of Jesus, usually latent or bleeding.
His parents, already more robust in their faith and given their son’s wishes, will accompany him to various parts of the world where these Eucharistic miracles have taken place. Then Carlo will upload the investigation on the web. “Christ is there, alive. His presence is real “. Today it can be seen on the page www.carloacutis.com, where some are even mentioned in Argentina.
Carlo is very intelligent, he learns English and French to be able to do research on these subjects and he is also interested in the apparitions of the Virgin in Fatima and Lourdes. However, he will not be satisfied with his spiritual or family life, but will go out to distribute food or help those most in need and will be part of the volunteer work of the Jesuit secondary school. Thus, he will make friends throughout the neighborhood, of different races, religions and social conditions, who will fill the church on the day his funeral is celebrated, surprising his parents because they did not know where he knew so many people from. “For me, being a Christian means observing the world and transmitting my joy and strength to others”, Carlo was heard saying.
To all this, he would add his great intuition, which will make him predict the birth of his twin brothers and even his own death, something that would be recorded on video: “I am destined to die.” And soon after, at just fifteen, his health suddenly deteriorates. A flu that appears to be mumps, hospitalization and the diagnosis of fulminant leukemia of type M3. In the waiting time he will offer his sufferings for the Pope, the Church, the conversion of all sinners and to go directly to heaven without having to go to Purgatory. Despite the pain, you will retain your joy. “Sadness is looking at oneself and happiness is looking at God.” His last wish was to ask his mother to bury him in Assisi, where the family had a house.
He died on October 12, 2006 and his body was transferred to Assisi in January 2007, to finally give him rest in the “Del Despojo” sanctuary on April 6, 2019. He had been declared Venerable, on July 5, 2018. A Carlo’s phrase, his friends always remember: “We are all born original, but some die as photocopies”. Obviously, it was not his case. They call him now, the “Patron of the Internet.”
The author of this note is the writer Jesús María Silveyra – His latest published book is “Al third día” (Amazon.com)