Thursday, October 20, 2022

Eucharistic Miracles and Bl. Carlo Acutis

My students are a bit obsessed with Bl. Carlo Acutis, and understandably so! He died in 2006 at the age of 15 due to leukemia. He wore Nikes, made silly videos of his dogs, loved soccer, played video games, and taught himself computer programming. He also attended Mass daily, set prudent limits on his use of technology, and deeply wanted others to know and love Jesus. (This video is a great introduction to his life!)

Carlo was convinced that one way he could help others come to believe in Jesus was through Eucharistic Miracles. Amazing incidents that give visible evidence of the usually invisible truth of Jesus' Body and Blood Truly Present in the Eucharist, these miracles have been happening all over the world for centuries. Carlo worked to catalogue and document the miracles and created a website to share them with the world. His website has been maintained, added to, and translated following his death. What a legacy to leave behind!

I can think of no better way to teach your students about Carlo than to use his website to learn more about the Eucharist. I made a couple of research guides, both for my junior high students and for my 8th graders to use with their 3rd grade buddies. Note that the website is very, very full of information, is written at a fairly high reading level, and isn't the most kid friendly to navigate. My 6th graders were able to use it with a little help, but I think 2nd-5th graders might need a little more guidance. It is such an awesome tool that it is worth exploring!

Click here for a research guide for younger kids: (And here for Spanish)

Click here for a research guide for older kids: (And here for Spanish)

Click here for a coloring page of one of his most popular quotes: (And here for Spanish)

And if you are interested in a book about Bl. Carlo, here are a few good ones!

Bl. Carlo Acutis, pray for us!

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