When a 24-year-old has many worldly opportunities because of a family’s social status, quality of education, excellent health, but instead, is motivated entirely by Christian principles, and resists sin by living a life of virtue, such a person we call a “saint.”
Pier Giorgio Frassati’s upper middle-class family, his father a Senator and founder of an Italian newspaper, his mother a professional artist, along with Pier Giorgio’s success in Mining Engineering, his circle of friends and athletic pursuits, he could have pursued a reckless life of self-focussed pleasure. But he did not.
Pier Giorgio led his friends to deepened awareness of their Catholic faith by ensuring their social activities provided an experience of friendship, joy, and Catholic values. And Mass was always included if social activities occurred on a Sunday or solemnity of obligation. Pier Giorgio was also actively engaged in reaching out to the poor which extended to helping disadvantaged students both in Turin and Berlin. Pier Giorgio wanted his friends along with Catholic youth groups to be properly catechised so they developed a love for the Church inspired by the truth of the Gospel.
Pier Giorgio consistently put others before himself and this also meant his own family. He bid a painful farewell to his closest friend, Marco Beltramo, who left for the Air Force, to his sister who left Turin once she was married, and to a young woman knowing their relationship “was not approved.”
Associazion Pier Giorgio Frassati, Roma
“ Because true happiness, young people, does not consist in the pleasures of the world and in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we can have only if we are pure in heart and in mind.
Pier Giorgio Frassati
(from a speech to Catholic Youth of Pollone, 1923)
To Associations, parishes, schools and groups named after Pier Giorgio,
To those entrusted with youth ministry, university ministry, seminaries,
To institutes, all religious communities, and to all friends of Pier Giorgio
The 6th of April is approaching, the 120th birthday of Pier Giorgio. Like every year, we will not celebrate it without giving him the gift of fulfilling the promise he asked of all his friends.”I would like for us to pledge a pact which knows no earthly boundaries nor temporal limits: union in prayer.” (letter to I.Bonini, January 15th 1925)
Our prayer will be a Rosary for all young people; asking that they be sustained and illumined by the grace of chastity.
The reason for such a particular intention, as the word chastity rarely used and so unpopular, is due to the fact that 100 years ago, Pier Giorgio joined the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare. It’s aim was to provide support in the virtue of chastity, under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is wonderful that our centennial coincides with the Pope’s dedication of this year to St. Joseph.
With his commitment to the Angelic Warfare, Pier Giorgio completed an act that was the cornerstone of his charity. Chastity indeed concerns all aspects of life; whereas we can be chaste physically, but still be selfish, proud, dispersive, worldly, and other things.
“His adherence is today a prophetic answer to the squandering world, whose pinnacle is in the power of media, the egocentric world that chains the young generations to an unfortunate sphere of deception. We are coming out of a year in which, for many, computer and social networks were the only sphere where true life was lived. For many, these environments provided occasions of developing dependencies, some whose symptoms were relational distress (more/less profound), interior short-circuits, and great solitude.
“Taking advantage of this date which allows us to spend some time with Pier Giorgio, to pray with him, we would like to ask him to help and enlighten all young people, all of us, to grow and walk in love, as he walked. A love that is one of soul and of body, whose center is the possession and gift of self, in relationship with the Lord and in the happiness of the gift.” (Don Paolo Asolan)
“Purity and charity were the most evident expressions of this joyful youth: a purity without scruples, insecurity, cowardice, a virile and serene control of the senses.” (Card. G. Lercaro). We are certain that through the apostolate of persuasion, which for Pier Giorgio is the most beautiful, he will carry many along the path that he travelled: the one that brought him, as Saint John Paul II said, “to transform his life into a marvelous adventure.” (20.V.1990)
We trust that you will join us in this prayer of the Rosary, in the joy of being able to celebrate together Pier Giorgio’s birthday. Please confirm your participation indicating also the name of your town to firstname.lastname@example.org, or to email@example.com. All participating groups or single persons will be listed on the site www.tipiloschi.com where you will be able to download, in various languages, the guide of the Rosary with Pier Giorgio, the invitation letter, and a text of Fr. Paolo Asolan.
Happy Birthday of Pier Giorgio!
With the guide to the Rosary, we send our most friendly greeting
Don Michele Falabretti Wanda Gawrońska Marco Sermarini Servizio Nazionale Pastorale Associazione Pier Giorgio Frassati Compagnia dei Tipi Loschi
Giovanile CEI Roma Grottammare
Rome, March 27th, 2021
ASSOCIAZIONE PIER GIORGIO FRASSATI – ROMA
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Pier Giorgio Frassati Memorial Day -- July 4th
In 2011 I went to Venice to present a philosophy paper on spiritual movements in the sixteenth century. I made use of the occasion to take the train across northern Italy to Turin. Then, I bought tickets for the regional train to San Paolo, followed by a short drive to Pollone where I stayed at Pier Giorgio’s summer residence. His gracious niece gave me a copy of Blessed Pier Giorgio’s letters in Italian; and so, began my journey with Pier Giorgio: reading his letters, and translating them into English -- to know him.
After nine years of reading original sources, repeated writing and revising my book, Pier Giorgio Frassati: Truth, Love, and Sacrifice was published. The intention of the book is to discover Blessed Pier Giorgio through his letters. I realised I needed to put together the missing pieces, namely through testimonies on his life. What Pier Giorgio teaches us: as disciples of Christ holiness is built on truth, love, and sacrifice.
Pier Giorgio Frassati was born on Holy Saturday, April 6th in Turin.
We can unite ourselves with Blessed Pier Giorgio and ask for his intercession as we pray the Stations of the Cross.
In his letter, October 22, 1909, Pier Giorgio tells his mother about his grades on his homework and his lessons. Pier Giorgio went to school with his sister, Luciana, and as children they sat at the same desk. Throughout his life, Pier Giorgio worked hard at school, not because he like studying, but because he was an obedient son.
Fr. David Bellusci,
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