“If you have God as the center of all your action,
you will reach the goal.”
Saint Pier-Giorgio Frassati lived a short but merciful life in Turin, Italy. Although he was born into a wealthy family, he lived a life of poverty. He gave all he had to the poor. His agnostic parents misunderstood his faithfulness. They were unhappy with his devotion to Christ. It was only after his death, when thousands of people gathered for his funeral, did they appreciate their son and his devout life.
Acts of corporal mercy were plentiful in Pier-Giorgio’s life. Pope John Paul II called Pier-Giorgio “a man of the beatitudes”. As a teenager, he made friends of the Turin’s poor, giving them everything they needed from food to clothes to money. As a student at St. Dominic, he became the leader of groups that organized outreach to the needy.
At the young age of 24, Pier-Giorgio lost a fight with polio, dying within a week of contracting the disease on July 4, 1925.
“We will never be truly Catholic unless we conform our entire lives to the two commandments that are the essence of Catholic faith: to love the Lord, our God, with all our strength, and to love our neighbor as ourselves.
Saint Pier-Giorgio Frassati
Patron Saint of:
- Catholic Action
- World Youth Day
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