I used to think that saints were these unreal sort of people. They were these incredibly holy people that were far from relevant to my life. The more I read though and the more I get to know these men and women, the more I realize they are all just regular Joe’s who loved Christ…Take this guy for example:
Born in 1901, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was raised in a wealthy Italian family. Neither of his parents were religious and didn’t always completely understand Frassati’s desire to draw into his faith. He was an avid skiier and belonged to the Italian Alpine Club (so classy) and was deeply involved in many political groups. Frassati was outwardly anti-fascist.
His motto was “Verso l’alto!” meaning ‘To the top!” He spent many days climbing and hiking with friends. Often he’d bet with friends on who could reach the top faster. If he won, everyone else had to go to 5am mass with him the next day. He almost always won.
He’d often come home without his sweater/ coat having given his clothes to the poor. It wasn’t rare for him to give his bus fare to the poor and ride the economy train home.
He spent entire nights in adoration and his dad even found him asleep on his knees, having fallen asleep in prayer. He was a popular man who shared his faith in a natural way among all his friends.
Frassati died at the age of 24.
Pope John Paul II called him “the man of our century” and a “man of the Beatitudes.” His sister said he, “represented the finest in Christian youth: pure, happy, enthusiastic about everything that is good and beautiful.” When I read about him, I feel like he could be a guy on my campus; just a regular really cool, really holy man. Wouldn’t you want to get to know him and the Lord he loves?
And just cause if he was alive today, I’d probably want to date this man, more pictures!
Definitely admitting more than I should on our humble blog here…
Blessed Frassati, pray for us.
“With all the strength of my soul I urge you young people to approach the Communion table as often as you can. Feed on this bread of angels whence you will draw all the energy you need to fight inner battles. Because true happiness, dear friends, does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we have only if we are pure in heart and mind.”– Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati