Blessed Carlo Acutis, the Italian teen beatified in October, is not only responsible for a medical miracle, he also has inspired a song featuring his own quotations.
Born an Original had its television debut on 18th November on CFN Live, a programme on the Catholic Faith Network, which serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.
Blessed Acutis, noted Theresa Marino, campus minister at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, New York, “was 15 when he died” in 2006, making him a peer to students. The school is in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.
Marino said on the show that teens can identify with Blessed Acutis, someone “whose pictures are in colour. There are pictures of him that look like home videos. It makes sainthood seem real, like something they can do themselves.”
Blessed Acutis spent four years developing a catalogue of every known eucharistic miracle. “What makes a 15-eyar-old want to make a website about that instead of a celebrity?” Marino said. The blessed’s life, she added, gives teens “permission, in a Catholic way, to become yourself … to be your own saint. To be who God created you to be.”
Marino played guitar and sang backup vocals to Holy Trinity senior Bryce Ridley’s lead, which incorporates quotations from Blessed Acutis. Two other students, seniors Jack McDonough and Luca DiGrigoli, helped compose the song.
“When my time comes I’m sure I won’t have to fear,” the lyrics say. “Lord, you are my highway to heaven. In you I trust. Something extraordinary awaits us, my hope comes from you.” The chorus says: “Born an original, that’s how I’m gonna stay till my dying day.” Blessed Acutis said it was better to be an original and “not a photocopy.”
After singing, Ridley said Blessed Acutis was “a kid just like me. I’m aiming for the kind of relationship he had with God. It makes teens want to have a relationship with God as well.” He added that Blessed Acutis “stayed after Mass and created the catalogue he was known for at age 11. That inspired me.”
Blessed Acutis was beatified on 10th October in Assisi, Italy. The teen, who grew up in Milan, had asked to be buried in Assisi. A miracle was attributed to him after the mother of a Brazilian boy with a pancreatic disorder prayed for his intercession on behalf of her son.
Blessed Acutis, who died of leukemia, was known as a computer geek who stood up to bullies who were picking on schoolmates.
Picture: Theresa Marino, campus minister at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, N.Y., and seniors Bryce Ridley, left, Jack McDonough and Luca DiGrigoli pose next to an image of Blessed Carlo Acutis on 23rd November 2020. The quartet composed and arranged a song as a tribute to Blessed Carlo, an Italian teenager who used his computer programming skills to spread devotion to the Eucharist. He was beatified in Assisi, Italy, on 10th October 2020. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).