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At the young age of 13, Pier Giorgio Frassati enrolled in the “Apostleship of Prayer” while attending a Jesuit school in Italy. His enrollment was a full year before he received the sacrament of Confirmation. This profound act of faith as a teenager was only the beginning for a boy would be known after his death at age 24 as the, “Man of the Beatitudes.”
Frassati continually offered the many sufferin gs of his life for the salvation of those around him, especially the sick and poor, for the next 11 years. It was in the midst of serving the sick that he contracted poliomyelitis from which he later died. He served others this with a joyful heart, constantly sharing the happiness that he had found in Jesus Christ. He is a great example of the evangelization that Pope Francis has asked us to pray for this month.
Pope John Paul II praised his many virtues during his canonization, saying, “Faith and charity, the true driving forces of his existence, made him active and diligent in the milieu in which he lived, in his family and school, in the university and society; they transformed him into a joyful, enthusiastic apostle of Christ, a passionate follower of his message and charity. The secret of his apostolic zeal and holiness is to be sought in the ascetical and spiritual journey which he traveled; in prayer, in persevering adoration, even at night, of the Blessed Sacrament.”
Let us find in Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati a prime example of love and mercy towards others and invoke his intercession especially for the Pope’s intention this month, that the Church in Latin America and the Caribbean, by means of her mission to the continent, may announce the Gospel with renewed vigor and enthusiasm.
Philip Kosloski (USA)