Christus Vivit 105-106: The Witness Of Carlo Acutis

Who is Carlo Acutis? He was active in social media during his short life. Pope Francis thought well of him. 

105. 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.

New things are easily criticized, I think. It is important to remember that all of these mentioned things–communications, advertising, social media–are tools. What they accomplish in the hands of people with good intentions or ill is what determines virtue, or the lack of it.

106. 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!

I think I like this guy, Carlo. You can access the full document on this link at the Vatican site.

The text in color is © Copyright – Libreria Editrice Vaticana

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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