You might have heard of him before, (if you did then call me so we can start a fanclub) but if you don’t have any clue of who the young man in the picture is, then allow me to introduce to you: Pier Giorgio Frassati, better known as the man of the beatitudes.
Born in Turin, Italy on April 6, 1901. He was a great man with a deep spiritual life centered on the Eucharist and our beloved Mother. But that is not all, Pier giorgio loved sports, specially mountain climbing, he would organize events with his friends and while they climbed he inspired them to pray.
As a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, he dedicated much of his time helping the poor, hungry, sick and needy. But just as any other young man, he assisted to the Royal Polytechnic University of Turin to become a mining engineer and “serve Christ better among the miners”.
Frassati USA says in his biography “What little he did have, Pier Giorgio gave to help the poor, even using his bus fare for charity and then running home to be on time for meals. The poor and the suffering were his masters, and he was literally their servant, which he considered a privilege. His charity did not simply involve giving something to others, but giving completely of himself. This was fed by daily communion with Christ in the Holy Eucharist and by frequent nocturnal adoration, by meditation on St. Paul’s “Hymn of Charity” (I Corinthians 13), and by the writings of St. Catherine of Siena. He often sacrificed vacations at the Frassati summer home in Pollone (outside of Turin) because, as he said, “If everybody leaves Turin, who will take care of the poor?”
Pier Giorgio Frassati died at the age of 24 on July 4, 1925. We celebrate his feast day on that day.
If you want to know more about Pier Giorgio I suggest you visit the Official USA Website for Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: www.frassatiusa.org
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