“All people are born as originals, but many live as photocopies.” – Carlo Acutis
On October 10th, 2020, the Church welcomed the first Millennial into the ranks of the Blessed. Young Carlo Acutis was born on May 3, 1991 and died on October 12, 2006 at the age of 15 from a rare form of leukemia. He was a simple and ordinary kid. He loved Pokemon, Halo, Playstation, Super Mario Bros, computer programming, soccer, and had a sweet tooth. But the one thing that set him apart is that he was a Saint. Blessed Carlo had a deep devotion to the Eucharist, Our Lady, St. Francis of Assisi, the poor, the souls in Purgatory, and comforting his friends who were bullied and his friends who had parents that were divorcing. It was Carlo’s own devotion to the Euchrist, and his continuously begging his mother to go to Church, that eventually converted his parents. He is best known for creating a website documenting all the Euchristic Miracles, which has now turned into an exhibit that has gone across the globe. In 2006 he was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and offered his suffering for the Church and Pope Benedict XVI and died shortly after on October 12. His funeral was held in Assisi, his favorite pilgrimage site, and attended by many of the poor of Assisi. His Cause for Beatification was officially opened by Cardinal Angelo Scola on May 13, 2013, making him a Servant of God. On July 5, 2018, Pope Francis recognized his heroic virtue and declared him Venerable. A miracle attributed to his intercession was approved on February 21, 2020, the healing of a young boy from Brazil of a pancreatic defect. Blessed Carlo is exactly the patron and intercessor that our youth and young adults need today. He lived his life radically differently and that is why he is so important for us today. His simplicity, his joy, his faith, purity, and devotion are an example for all of us, but especially Millennials and Gen Z who are being so taken by secularism, materialism, and individualism today. He was no photocopy. Blessed Carlo is that counter cultural witness to the love of Jesus in the Eucharist, who alone can fill the greatest desires of their hearts. And so, I present this Litany of Blessed Carlo Acutis that I wrote in hopes that, through his powerful intercession, our own hearts, and that of the young, may be filled with the faith and joy in which he lived his life in service to others.
Blessed Carlo Acutis, pray for us!
Litany of Blessed Carlo Acutis (written by Josh Mansfield)
Lord, have mercy,
Christ, have mercy,
Lord, have mercy on us, Christ hear us.
Christ graciously hear us.
God, the Father of Heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us,
Blessed Carlo Acutis,
Blessed Carlo, holy from a young age,
Blessed Carlo, inspired by your First Holy Communion,
Blessed Carlo, who never missed a day of Communion,
Blessed Carlo, converter of your parents,
Blessed Carlo, friend of the poor,
Blessed Carlo, defender of the disabled,
Blessed Carlo, consoler of those who are bullied,
Blessed Carlo, aid to your friends in need,
Blessed Carlo, simple and humble,
Blessed Carlo, pure and joyful,
Blessed Carlo, who inspired joy in others
Blessed Carlo, generous to all,
Blessed Carlo, remarkable in your faith,
Blessed Carlo, filled with devotion for Mary,
Blessed Carlo, faithful disciple of the Rosary,
Blessed Carlo, faithful disciple of St. Francis of Assisi,
Blessed Carlo, faithful pilgrim of Assisi,
Blessed Carlo, who cared for all of God’s creation,
Blessed Carlo, intercessor for those in Purgatory,
Blessed Carlo, who had unwavering confidence in the truth,
Blessed Carlo, lover of the Eucharist,
Blessed Carlo, Cyberapostle of the Eucharist,
Blessed Carlo, who used the internet for the glory of God,
Blessed Carlo, cataloging all known Eucharistic Miracles into a website to spread devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament,
Blessed Carlo, never exalting yourself above others,
Blessed Carlo, who, in your care for the poorest, there was no equal,
Blessed Carlo, filled with compassion and grace,
Blessed Carlo, who never ceased to believe in the midst of your suffering,
Blessed Carlo, who offered your suffering for the Church and the Pope,
Blessed Carlo, inspiration and hope for the young,
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, You take away the sins of the world, have mercy on us.
V. Pray for us, O Blessed Carlo Acutis
R. That we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ.
Let us pray:
O God, who call the young to not let anyone look down upon themselves because of their youth, raise up in us the faith and devotion of Your young and humble servant Blessed Carlo Acutis that, through his intercession, we may never stray from the path of sainthood to which You have called us, and so reach the gates of the Heavenly Kingdom, to gaze upon Your loveliness with him for all eternity. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.
Favorite quotes of Blessed Carlo Acutis –
“Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven”.
“What’s the use of winning 1,000 battles if you can’t beat your own passions”?
“Sadness is looking at oneself, happiness is looking at God. Conversion is nothing but a movement of the eyes”.
“Each person reflects the light of God”.
“The more we receive the Eucharist, the more we become like Jesus”.
“I offer to the Lord the sufferings that I will have to undergo for the Pope and for the Church, so as not to have to be in Purgatory and be able to go directly to heaven”.
“The Eucharist is my highway to Heaven”.
“When we face the sun we get a tan, but when we stand before Jesus in the Eucharist we become saints”.
“To be always united with Jesus, this is my life program”.
“Our soul is like a hot air balloon. If by chance there is a mortal sin, the soul falls to the ground. Confession is like the fire underneath the balloon enabling the soul to rise again”.
“The only thing we have to ask God for, in prayer, is the desire to be holy”.