- Sunday, 29 September 2013 11:03
I sometimes think we lack good contemporary lay models of holiness among the saints and blesseds of our Church. Certainly, there are more contemporary saints taken from the priests and religious than among the laity. Pope John Paul II felt similarly and asked the Congregation for Saints (and local bishops) to find us more lay saints. They did in Pier Giorgio Frassati (1901-1925). He’s known as “explosion of joy,” “a Man of the Beatitudes,” a natural man. The Church honors Frassati with a liturgical memorial on July 4.
Frassati’s Luciana said, “He represented the finest in Christian youth: pure, happy, enthusiastic about everything that is good and beautiful.” And that “He gave his whole self, both in prayer and in action, in service to Christ.” Frassati’s prayer life consisted but not limited to praying the morning offering, the daily rosary, Eucharistic adoration, lectio divina. His prayer life was made visible in his concern with the poorest people of Turin.
In his following Jesus Christ Blessed Pier Giorgio was a member of the lay Third Order Dominican.
Brandon Vogt’s interview with Seattle’s Archbishop Peter Sartain, “Pier Giorgio Frassati, Man of the Beatitudes: An Interview with Archbishop Peter Sartain” sheds some light on getting to know a blessed of the Church who’s gaining influence.
Pray for grace to adhere to Christ and to live in joy from Blessed Pier Giorgio. I am sure he’ll get the Lord to give you what you need.
- Saturday, 06 April 2013 07:43
Today is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati‘s 112th birthday. As a friend who brought this Litany to my attention said, “it’s a great piece of reflection for students and for those of us looking to be life-long learners.” Let‘s pray to Blessed Piergiorgio for the grace of being a better friend, Christian, apostle and person of the Beatitudes.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ hear us. Christ, graciously hear us.
God the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Spirit, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
pray for us. (repeat after each line)
All the angels and saints,
Blessed Pier Giorgio,
Loving son and brother,
Support of family life,
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- Sunday, 04 July 2010 07:36
Prayer to Follow Pier Giorgio
O Father, You gave to the young Pier Giorgio Frassati the joy of meeting Christ and of living his faith in the service of the poor and the sick; through his intercession may we, too, walk the path of the beatitudes and follow the example of his generosity, spreading the spirit of the Gospel in society. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
When he beatified Pier Giorgio twenty years ago John Paul remarked in his homily that,
“Today’s celebration invites all of us to receive the message which Pier Giorgio Frassati is sending to the men and women of our day, but especially to you young people, who want to make a concrete contribution to the spiritual renewal of our world, which sometimes seems to be falling apart and wasting away because of a lack of ideals. By his example he proclaims that a life lived in Christ’s Spirit, the Spirit of the Beatitudes, is “blessed,” and that only the person who becomes a “man or woman of the Beatitudes” can succeed in communicating love and peace to others. He repeats that it is really worth giving up everything to serve the Lord. He testifies that holiness is possible for everyone, and that only the revolution of charity can enkindle the hope of a better future in the hearts of people.”
Read Pope John Paul II’s homily at the beatification of Pier Giorgio.
- Friday, 25 June 2010 09:31
Today begins nine days of prayer in honor of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, “the man of the 8 Beatitudes.”
Join us in the confidence of Blessed Pier Giorgio’s intercession. This is 20th anniversary of Frassati’s beatification…what a wonderful time to get to know Blessed Pier Giorgio!