In this episode, Fr David Bellusci, OP speaks about the 2023 World Youth Day held at Lisbon, Portugal, and one of its patrons, in particular, a 20th century Lay Dominican who is on his way to Sainthood – Blessed Pier-Giorgio Frassati, also known as The Man of the Eight Beatitudes.
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.
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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