From our People who Inspire Articles.
A “computer genius”, a “popular girl” and a “beautiful brain”
When one reads the lives of saints, sometimes one can remain discouraged because one does not even find one that resembles us even remotely. It may seem that only priests, nuns and monks can become saints. Nothing, however, is farther from the truth, as clearly emphasizes in his exhortation Gaudete et exsultate:
To be saints it is not necessary to be bishops, priests, religious or religious. Many times we have the temptation to think that holiness is reserved for those who have the possibility to keep their distance from ordinary occupations, to devote much time to prayer. It is not so. We are all called to be saints living with love and offering each one their own testimony in the occupations of every day, where he is.
Young people in particular are able to become saints, even if we often think it is impossible. Their zeal and energy, if conveyed in the right direction, can change the world. Here are three teenagers who experience how holiness is possible for anyone and how God uses youthful gifts and talents for his greater glory.
Chiara was a popular girl with many friends. He loved practicing sports, singing, dancing and going out with his peers. At 17 she was paralyzed and offered everything to God, saying: “If you want it, Jesus, I want it too”. She died of cancer at the age of 18, saying: “Be happy because I am happy”.
Carlo loved computer science and used computers to spread the faith. One of his most significant informatic experiences was the cataloging of all the Eucharistic miracles of the world. He said: “The more Eucharist we receive, the more we will become like Jesus, and on this earth we will foretell Paradise”. He died of leukemia at 15 years.
Anna was a simple teenager who loved Jesus dearly. She wrote: “True beauty is hidden in the fidelity in little things. I have always wanted to make great and heroic gestures of love, but when I saw that I was not able I was agrieved. Now I find great heroism in small things, and so I have not the slightest regret about being able to do something or not “. She died of tuberculosis at the age of 17.