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“I cannot understand,” says Blessed Carlo Acutis, “why many people are so concerned with the beauty of their bodies rather than spending time on the beauty of their souls.” The Italian teenager, a millennial, is widely known for his deep devotion to the Eucharist. But Carlo was highly insightful, too. Possessing wisdom beyond his years, he lamented how little attention people paid to the interior life. We should have a fervor, a zeal, in driving out vice from our hearts, like Christ throwing the money changers out of the Temple. For Carlo, a change of heart was not impossible. He encourages us, saying: “Conversion is nothing other than turning one’s gaze away from the inferior to the superior. It takes nothing more than diverting our eyes to another direction.”


Heavenly Father, we humbly pray that you help us direct our focus from the superficial to the spiritual, with a fervent desire to cleanse our hearts and fix our love on eternal things. May we cast out the distractions that hinder our connection with you and find the true beauty of our souls with the help of your grace. Amen.


Do you know Blessed Carlo Acutis? If you are unfamiliar with his story, research his life and be inspired by his devotion.

This meditation first appeared in My Daily Visitor: Lent 2024. Discover Christ’s peace this Lent with free daily reflections sent to your inbox. Sign up here. Purchase the companion devotional at the OSV Catholic bookstore.

Father Patrick Briscoe

Father Patrick Briscoe, OP, is a Dominican friar and the editor of Our Sunday Visitor. Along with his Dominican brothers, he is host of the podcast Godsplaining and a co-author of "Saint Dominic’s Way of Life: A Path to Knowing and Loving God." He is also the author of the OSV seasonal devotional, "My Daily Visitor."