Millenials’ Reactions to the future’s first Millenial Saint


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Carlo Acutis was a 15-year-old programmer when he died. He was an Italian Catholic and was known to have documented Eucharistic Miracles. To share it with his fellow youth, he created a website to compile all these Eucharistic Miracles. Remember, this was all before the internet became as accessible and popular as it is today. Recently, he was beatified by the Vatican in acknowledgment of his actions. He is even dubbed as the ‘Patron of the Internet’.

A Glimpse of 2006 Internet

There were only three popular browsers at the time – Opera, Mozilla Firefox, and Internet Explorer. The latter took pride in being the most used browser at the time, believe it or not. Social media was only MySpace and Friendster – all these predate the fame of Facebook. YouTube was only starting to rise in popularity. Google created Google Analytics only in the latter part of 2006. This means that Acutis created the website not just for views but for pure enjoyment – just like how other website creators do so at the time.  It could be easy to say that he was an influencer back in 2006.

How could a 15-year-old boy who died in 2006 become the ‘Patron of the Internet’? It is fun to note that technology, communication, and the internet changed so much in the last decade that it is almost unrecognizable. At his time, creating a website is similar to having a journal. Microblogging (Twitter) was very new and did not have the influence and power it has today. Creating a blog is the easiest way to share your thoughts and beliefs.

Millennials on the Future’s First Millennial Saint

You get used to praying to saints from unrecognizable periods, from centuries ago, that they feel and seem distant to you. Sadly, not every millennial is comfortable with the idea that there could be a saint that is within their generation. Others find it comforting to look up to someone relatable and felt familiar, with Nike trainers and all.

Here are a few reactions from the internet:

An inspiration even for Non-Catholics

Awed by the fact that he did what we all do

A Parent’s Pride

 

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Anne

Civil Engineer by profession, Writer by passion. Serving readers since 2014 on different niches like Science, Current Events, Tech, and Travel.

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