Dare To Be More | Blessed Carlo Acutis

October 12, 2021
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As we celebrate the life of Blessed Carlo Acutis, we call to mind the words of Pope Francis, recognizing in Carlo’s example a guide for our times:

I remind you of the good news we received as a gift on the morning of the resurrection: that in all the dark or painful situations that we mentioned, there is a way out. For example, it is true that the digital world can expose you to the risk of self-absorption, isolation and empty pleasure. But don’t forget that there are young people even there who show creativity and even genius. That was the case with [Blessed] Carlo Acutis.

Carlo was well aware that the whole apparatus of communications, advertising and social networking can be used to lull us, to make us addicted to consumerism and buying the latest thing on the market, obsessed with our free time, caught up in negativity. Yet he knew how to use the new communications technology to transmit the Gospel, to communicate values and beauty.

Carlo didn’t fall into the trap. He saw that many young people, wanting to be different, really end up being like everyone else, running after whatever the powerful set before them with the mechanisms of consumerism and distraction. In this way they do not bring forth the gifts the Lord has given them; they do not offer the world those unique personal talents that God has given to each of them. As a result, Carlo said, “everyone is born as an original, but many people end up dying as photocopies”. Don’t let that happen to you!

Don’t let them rob you of hope and joy, or drug you into becoming a slave to their interests. Dare to be more, because who you are is more important than any possession. What good are possessions or appearances? You can become what God your Creator knows you are, if only you realize that you are called to something greater. Ask the help of the Holy Spirit and confidently aim for the great goal of holiness. In this way, you will not be a photocopy. You will be fully yourself.

– Pope Francis, CHRISTUS VIVIT 104 – 107

Blessed Carlo Acutis is buried in Assisi, which Rome Experience participants have the opportunity to visit each year. Carlo is known for his ardent desire to spread the truth of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist and his prudent but enthusiastic use of technology to do so. Visit Blessed Carlos’s International Exhibition of the Eucharistic Miracles of the World!