The Catholic Telegraph reported on a comic about a teen pop culture enthusiast of Italian background who also appreciated Christianity:
Carlo Acutis slid his books into his backpack when he heard the parish priest knocking at the door. The hoodie-clad teenager had just finished teaching his first catechism class by himself.
“Father Antonio, I … I don’t know what to do!” Carlo asked for advice. “These kids don’t love the Mass like I do! How do I help them understand the beauty of the Mass?”
Placing his hand on Carlo’s shoulder, the priest pointed him to a picture of a church hanging on the wall. It was San Francesco in Lanciano, Italy.
“Inside it is a Eucharistic miracle that reminds me why every Mass is a miracle, even when it may seem boring,” the priest explained, referring to a miracle where the Eucharistic host visibly transformed into flesh and blood at Mass.
So begins “Digital Disciple: Carlo Acutis and the Eucharist” — a new comic book that tells the story of Blessed Carlo Acutis, a young millennial who used his knowledge of computers and technology to document the world’s Eucharistic miracles online and draw people closer to God.
“Meet Carlo, an Italian fifteen-year-old computer geek who loved superheroes and video games, but most of all, the Holy Eucharist,” the book’s description reads.
Inspired by that love, Carlo completed a Eucharistic miracle display and website before he died in 2006 from leukemia. He was 15.
That’s definitely the sad part, that he passed away much too young. A real shame. Let’s hope his story serves to inspire people, and surely to make clear that you can be a pop culture fan and a religious advocate at the same time. What it seems to indicate is that, if “millennial-ism” isn’t a good path to follow, that the teen in focus overcame that part, and again, proved you can remain a lover of comics and moviegoing at the same time you’re a religious adherent.
Check out the comic here.
Originally published here.