November 10, 2020

Saint Leo the Great

Urge the younger men, similarly, to control themselves. . .. For the grace of God has appeared, saving all and training us to reject godless ways and worldly desires and to live temperately, justly, and devoutly in this age, as we await the blessed hope, the appearance of the glory of the great God and of our savior Jesus Christ. (Titus 2:6, 11-13)

Five weeks ago, I received an email from a friend about a significant event, the beatification of the Italian teen Carlo Acutis in Assisi one month ago today. The story of his life has been in the news.

I grew up hearing of the faith and holiness of young saints – Tarcisius, Dominic Savio, Maria Goretti, etc. More recently, there was the courage of José Sánchez del Rio, the Cristero martyr canonized by Pope Francis in 2016.

A typical Millennial, Carlo loved soccer, was happy and easygoing, had many friends, and was adept at anything related to computers. He was enthralled with the Eucharist. Allowed to make his First Communion at the age of seven, Carlo attended Mass daily. He created a website on Eucharistic miracles to witness to his love for the sacrament. His mother has stated that her son’s ardent belief helped her reclaim her own Catholic faith.

Blessed Carlo said, “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus so that on earth we will have a foretaste of heaven.” Throughout his illness until his death at 15 in 2006, he told others: “Do not be afraid because with the incarnation of Jesus, death becomes life, and . . . in eternal life, something extraordinary awaits us.”

What are the young evangelists in your life teaching you today?

Let us pray:

God, our Father, thank you for giving us Carlo, a model of life for youth, and a message of love for all. You made him fall in love with your Son, Jesus, making of the Eucharist his “highway to heaven.” Amen.


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About Anthony Schueller, SSS

Father Anthony Schueller was the Provincial Superior of the Province of Saint Ann of the Congregation of the Blessed Sacrament and the editor of Emmanuel.