UPDATE: Beatified Teen Inspires Song From Long Island Catholic High School

WASHINGTON (CNS) — Blessed Carlo Acutis, the Italian teen beatified in October, is not only responsible for a medical miracle, he also has inspired a song featuring his own quotations.

“Born an Original” had its television debut Nov. 18 on “CFN Live,” a program on the Catholic Faith Network, which serves New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

Blessed Acutis, noted Theresa Marino, campus minister at Holy Trinity Diocesan High School in Hicksville, New York, “was 15 when he died” in 2006, making him a peer to students. The school is in the Diocese of Rockville Centre.

Marino said on the show that teens can identify with Blessed Acutis, someone “whose pictures are in color. There are pictures of him that look like home videos. It makes sainthood seem real, like something they can do themselves.”

Blessed Acutis spent four years developing a catalog of every known eucharistic miracle. “What makes a 15-eyar-old want to make a website about that instead of a celebrity?” Marino said. The blessed’s life, she added, gives teens “permission, in a Catholic way, to become yourself … to be your own saint. To be who God created you to be.”

Marino played guitar and sang backup vocals to Holy Trinity senior Bryce Ridley’s lead, which incorporates quotations from Blessed Acutis. Two other students, seniors Jack McDonough and Luca DiGrigoli, helped compose the song.

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