Happy feast of Bl. Carlo Acutis! On today’s show, Matt Swaim and Anna Mitchell talk more about this newly beatified teenager who only died in 2006. Guests include Kevin Schmiesing with This Week in Catholic History, Fr. David Guffey on the new film about the life of Fr. Patrick Payton, the “Rosary priest,” David Naglieri on a new documentary about Christopher Columbus that’s available for today’s Columbus Day holiday, and Bear Woznick on what surfing can teach us about the spiritual life. Plus news, weather, sports and a whole lot more…
Kevin Schmiesing is online at fvinstitute.org.
Info on the new film “Pray: The Story of Patrick Peyton” is available at praythefilm.com.
“Courage and Conviction: The True Story of Christopher Columbus” airs tonight, Monday, October 12 at 6:30 PM on EWTN television.
Bear Woznick is online at deepadventure.com.
Teresa Tomeo is online at teresatomeo.com.
Danielle Bean is online at daniellebean.com.
Jim Cavnar is online at crosscatholic.org/box-of-joy.
Stephanie Mann is online at supremacyandsurvivalblogspot.com.
Marlon de la Torre is online at knowingisdoing.org.
Brandon McGinley, author of The Prodigal Church.
Mark Brumley is online at ignatius.com.
Novena Prayer to Bl. Carlo Acutis
Most Holy Trinity, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, I thank you for all the grace and favors with which you enriched the soul of Bl. Carlo Acutis during his 15 years on this earth. Through the merits of this angel of youth, grant me the grace which I earnestly seek.
DAY 1: “Not me, but God.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who made your life a continual renunciation and setting aside of unimportant things, give me the grace to seek heavenly things and despise that which is transient. Amen.
DAY 2: “Always to be united with Jesus, that is my life programme.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who have lived in the heart of Jesus, give me the grace to apply Jesus’ plan of love to everything. Amen.
DAY 3: “Continuously ask your Guardian Angel for help. Your Guardian Angel has to become your best friend.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who saw the company of Holy Angels while you were already in this world, give me the grace to live righteously, as my Guardian Angel desires. Amen.
DAY 4: “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… It is important to go to confession often.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who have lived this sacrament of reconciliation so well, give me the grace constantly to seek confession, and the grace of a deep contrition. Amen.
DAY 5: “Sadness is looking at ourselves, happiness is looking towards God.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who have never looked away from your great love, Jesus, give me the grace also to live with this happiness in this world. Amen.
DAY 6: “The only thing we have to ask God for, in prayer, is the desire to be holy.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who have always asked God for what is essential, give me the grace of a deep desire for Heaven. Amen.
DAY 7: “The Virgin Mary is the only Woman in my life.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who loved the Virgin Mary above all women, give me the grace to respond to her kind and good love. Amen.
DAY 8: “The Eucharist is my highway to Heaven.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, you who have always looked for your hidden Jesus in the Tabernacle, give me the grace of a deep fervor in the Eucharist. Amen.
DAY 9: “I am happy to die because I have lived my life without wasting a minute on those things which do not please God.”
Blessed Carlo Acutis, give me that grace of graces — perseverance to the end and a saintly death. Amen.