Our Patron Saints

Blessed Carlo Acutis: A Beacon of Light and Faith for Today's Youth

Alex Stapleton

In a world filled with distractions and rapidly changing values, young people often find themselves searching for role models who embody virtues, faith, and a deep sense of purpose. One such inspiring figure is Blessed Carlo Acutis, a modern-day teenager who exemplified extraordinary devotion and a profound connection to God. Carlo's remarkable story serves as a guiding light for today's youth, offering valuable lessons on faith, love, and the pursuit of holiness.

Carlo Acutis was born in London, England, on May 3, 1991, to Italian parents. Despite his relatively short life, he left an indelible mark on the world through his unwavering faith, love for the Eucharist, and his commitment to serving others. Carlo was just like any other teenager; he loved playing video games and browsing the internet. However, what set him apart was his profound spiritual journey.

From a young age, Carlo displayed an extraordinary love for the Eucharist. He fervently believed that the Eucharist was the "highway to heaven." Carlo's regular attendance at Mass, combined with his fervent devotion to the Blessed Sacrament, was a testament to his unwavering faith. He would often remind those around him that, "The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, so that on this earth, we will have a foretaste of heaven."

Carlo's profound connection to the Eucharist serves as a model for young people today. In a world that often values material wealth and instant gratification, Carlo's focus on the spiritual and his unwavering love for the Eucharist provide an example of a deeper, more meaningful way of life.

Carlo's love for technology was another facet of his life that distinguished him. He was an avid computer programmer and used his skills to create a website cataloging Eucharistic miracles from around the world. Through his innovative use of technology, Carlo sought to share his faith with others and bring the miracles of the Eucharist to a global audience. His approach highlights the potential for young people to use their interests and talents for evangelization and spreading the message of faith.

In addition to his deep faith and technological talents, Carlo also had a strong commitment to helping those in need. He volunteered at local soup kitchens, visited the elderly, and showed kindness and compassion to everyone he met. His dedication to serving others is a vital lesson for today's youth, emphasizing the importance of empathy, compassion, and selflessness in a world often marked by individualism.

Carlo Acutis died from leukemia at the age of 15 on October 12, 2006. His life was characterized by a deep connection to God, an unwavering love for the Eucharist, and a commitment to serving others. In 2020, Pope Francis beatified Carlo, recognizing his exceptional holiness and the impact he had on the world.

Carlo's legacy continues to inspire young people worldwide. His story serves as a reminder that holiness and faith are not confined to the elderly or clergy but are attainable by young people as well. His life demonstrates that it's possible to live a virtuous and meaningful life, no matter one's age.

Blessed Carlo Acutis stands as a remarkable model for today's youth, showcasing the power of unwavering faith, a deep love for the Eucharist, and a commitment to serving others. His story illustrates that young people can make a significant difference in the world, living lives of purpose, spirituality, and selflessness. In a society where youth are often bombarded by distractions and conflicting values, Carlo's example offers a path to a meaningful and fulfilling life, grounded in faith and love for God. As young people navigate their journey in this rapidly changing world, they can look to Blessed Carlo Acutis for inspiration and guidance.

Blessed Carlo Acutis is one of the Patrons of Metanoia Youth Ministry. 

He is our only Patron who is not yet recognized as a Saint.

Prayer for the Canonization of Blessed Carlo Acutis

Oh God, Our Father,

thank you for giving us Carlo, 

a life example for the young

and a message of love for everyone.

You made him become enamoured with 

Your Son Jesus, Making of the Eucharist 

his “Highway to Heaven”.

You gave him Mary, as a most loving Mother, 

and, with the Rosary, you made him 

a poet of her tenderness. Receive his prayer for us.

Above all, gaze upon the poor, 

whom he loved and helped.

Grant for me too, by his intercession, 

the grace that I need ...

And make our joy fulfilled,

placing Carlo among the Saints 

of your Church, so that his smile 

may shine again for us in the glory of your name.


Our Father..., Hail Mary..., Glory be to the Father...

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