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The Catholic Church beatified Her first millennial in October of last year, Blessed Carlo Acutis, whose feast day we celebrate Oct. 12.
Nicknamed the "Cyberapostle of the Eucharist," the Italian "tech teen" died of Leukemia at the age of 15, but as Church Militant's Kim Tisor explains, while his years were short, from an early age he filled his days with what mattered most.
On the outside, young Carlo looked like the average preteen who loved video games, soccer and hanging out with friends. But his love for Christ and the Church ran deep, leading to the conversion of his nonreligious mom.
Carlo's mother, Antonia Salzano: "Because Carlo had this authority that was given to him, precisely by his closeness to Jesus."
Carlo was so close to Christ that he attended Mass and prayed the Rosary daily. His devotion to Christ's Real Presence prompted him to create a website documenting Eucharistic miracles. He launched the site in 2005, one short year before he died.
Antonia Salzano: "When they told him that he had leukemia, that it was a disease he could even die of, he smiled and said, 'the Lord gave me a beautiful alarm clock,' as if to say the time has come. Then he said, 'I'm not coming out of this alive, but Mom, I will give you many signs, don't worry.'"
Those signs came in the form of miracles. On the day of his funeral, his mother claims a 45-year-old barren woman asked for her son's intercession and later became pregnant. But the miracle that led to his beatification involved the healing of a young Brazilian boy who suffered from a rare pancreatic disease.
It'll take just one more miracle for the Church to declare him a saint.
Carlo's plan for life was "to be always united with Jesus." He lived out that holy goal in life and even now in death.
Carlo aimed to live his life without wasting a single minute of it on anything unpleasing to God.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us.