On the painting:
Painted with oil paint on a primed, heavyweight canvas, the painted part measures roughly 8×10, and the canvas overall at roughly 10×12. Comes with the simple wood frame shown in the photos which hangs on your wall with string threaded through the top bar. Frame is attached with magnets and provides that finishing touch besides making it possible to hang.
Can you get this painting stretched on canvas bars and traditionally framed? Probably – let me know if you do, I would love to see pictures! I do not finish them this way because the rough edge is by design and provides its own charm and character.
On the reference: Painted from a public domain photo of the saint, copyright for this particular rendition remains with me, Monica Skrzypczak. Do not copy without permission, post as you would desire on social media, but be sure to tag @outpouringoftrust.
No prints will be made of any Saint paintings.
On the Saint:
Carlos Acutis compiled the premier database of all approved Eucharistic Miracles which is now used as THE international traveling exhibition on the Eucharistic Miracles. He loved programming and website creation, teaching himself in a time before WordPress made websites easy (this was the 90s).
From his First Communion, Carlo grew to have a deep devotion to the Eucharist. Raised in a family that initially wasn’t super religious, he convinced his parents to take him to Mass every day and would stay before or after to pray before the tabernacle.
When Carlo started researching about the Eucharistic miracles – those times when either the bread and wine literally transform into flesh and blood, or when incredible things happen with the Eucharist – he wanted to visit every place a miracle happened.
He visited a few, but soon he got leukemia. And as he got sicker he knew he would never be able to pilgrimage again.
So he decided to compile all the miracles from the beginning of the Church to the modern day so that anyone could learn about them, even if they couldn’t travel. He was deeply concerned by people growing distant to the Church and the sacraments and he wanted to bring them back.
IF YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN THE WEBSITE YOU MUST DO IT NOW.
Seriously. Stop scrolling. Go read.
Besides this amazing website, Carlo epitomized living a life fully for Jesus in a completely normal 90’s childhood. He went to school, played the saxophone, loved soccer, loved video games though he self limited to only playing an hour a week as a penance and sacrifice, stood up against bullies, and when a friend’s parents were divorcing, Carlo made a special effort to include him in his family’s life. Simple stuff. Normal stuff.
He died at 15 years old in 2006, Beatified last Saturday.
“Our aim has to be the infinite and not the finite. The Infinite is our homeland. We have always been expected in Heaven.”