Summer Saints – Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Although all the saints are good examples for us, sometimes it is especially helpful to read stories about saints who were young!  Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati lived in Italy in the twentieth century (about 100 years ago).  Even though his family wasn’t Christian, Pier Giorgio loved God very much and wanted to serve Him.  He spent lots of time serving the poor and gave them all the money that his father gave him as an allowance.

Pier Giorgio loved to do outdoor activities like skiing and mountain climbing.  He worked hard at his studies, and he always tried to be obedient to his parents, even though they didn’t understand why he gave away his things to the poor.  Pier Giorgio had lots of friends and  he encouraged them to go to Mass and pray the rosary every day.

When he died in 1925, at the age of 24, his family was surprised to see thousands of people at his funeral.  Many of them were poor people that Pier Giorgio had helped in secret throughout his life.  Pope John Paul II called him “The Man of Eight Beatitudes” because of the way he lived the Beatitudes in his life.  When he beatified Blessed Pier Giorgio, John Paul said that Pier Giorgio can teach us that “it is really worth giving up everything to serve the Lord.  He testifies that holiness is possible for everyone.”

Activity: Do you get an allowance?  Follow the example of Pier Giorgio and think of some secret good deed you can do with part of it!


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