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Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

July 4, 2018 All day America/Chicago

(1901-1925) Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was born to agnostic parents in a wealthy Italian family, but displayed a vibrant Catholic faith from a young age. “He developed a deep spiritual life which he never hesitated to share with his friends,” says the Frassati USA website. The Holy Eucharist and the Blessed Virgin were the two poles of his world of prayer. Known for his sense of humor and adventure, he loved playing practical jokes, mountain climbing, and skiing. But his religious sensibility moved him to become a Third Order Dominican, and an active member of the St. Vincent de Paul Society. He advised the friends who accompanied him on his frequent trips to visit the poor that “even though the house is sordid, you are approaching Christ.” His anti-fascist political activities occasionally landed him in jail. Frassati was studying to become an engineer so he could improve the working conditions of miners when he died of polio on July 4, 1925; his family was stunned by the crowds of poor people who attended his funeral. He was beatified in 1990 by Pope John Paul II. He said: “As long as faith gives me strength, I will always be joyful.”

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