Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is a saint for the modern world, and especially for the young people of our time. Born in 1901 in Turin, Italy, his time on earth was short-only 24 years-but he filled it passionately with holy living. Pier Giorgio was a model of virtue, a "man of the beatitudes," as Pope John Paul II called him at the saint's beatification ceremony in Rome on May 20, 1990. He was described by friends as "an explosion of joy." As Pier Giorgio's sister, Luciana, says of her brother in her biography of him, "He represented the finest in Christian youth: pure, happy, enthusiastic about everything that is good and beautiful."
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Prayer for the courage to be great
Heavenly Father, give me the courage to strive
for the highest goals, to flee every temptation
to be mediocre.
Enable me to aspire to greatness, as Pier Giorgio did,
and to open my heart with joy to your call to holiness.
Free me from the fear of failure.
I want to be, Lord, firmly and forever united to You.
Grant me the graces I ask You through
Pier Giorgio’s intercession, by the merits of
Our Lord Jesus Christ. Amen.
Feast Day: July 4