What’s the significance of July 4th?
Well, in addition to the beloved patriotic festival, this day marks the celebration of the discipleship lived out by Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. Our awesome (soon to be canonized) brother, in accordance with his strong Italian blood, lived his life with passion!
This wise-beyond-his-age Italiano devoted his existence to bringing the light of Christ to the world around him. Like the entire communion of saints (especially those walking the earth today), he was faced with the opposing powers of this world. Christ’s radical message of love, in the context of Frassati’s life, was being challenged by the authoritative opposition of the fascist political movement.
And though he lived a life of only twenty-five years, the stallone italiano (Italian stallion) fought to bring the loving and gentle hands of Christ to others. His days of youth were spent in deep prayer and
serving the poor, not simply as a form of charity, but as a social movement for love.
Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati brought Christ to the time and place where God placed him. He courageously, and with great desire, accepted Jesus Christ’s mountaintop invitation. Each of us has a path, along which we are called to actively bring peace, mercy, and purity to this world. And that presence of Christ should not be locked up in our own hearts, but rather it should be shared in all contexts of our lives!
“To live without faith, without a patrimony to defend, without a steady struggle for truth, that is not living, but existing.” -Blessed P. G. Frassati
Complete love is never too radical!