Wednesday, 4 July 2018

# Saints

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Image: Frassati in his father's office – c. 1920

The  4th of July is the feast day of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. He is the patron saint of students, Young Catholics, Mountaineers, Youth groups, Catholic Action, Dominican tertiaries, and World Youth Day.

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati lived between 1901 to 1925 and was born in Turin, Italy and his family was wealthy and prominent. He was known to be athletic, joyful and adventurous and he loved to climb mountains, watch theatre, opera and read literature. He had a deep spiritual life and a strong devotion to the Holy Eucharist and the Virgin Mary. He led his friends in spiritual exercises like the daily Mass and the Rosary. In 1918 he joined the St Vincent de Paul Society and in 1922 he became a Lay Dominican. He had a political interest and resisted fascism and communism, he also took part in public demonstrations and joined religious political organisations (Catholic Students Federation and Catholic Action). He spent time caring for the sick and poor though his parents would punish him when they caught him donating his money and possessions. At the age of 24, he contracted polio and died six days later. At his funeral, his parents were shocked to find thousands of the city's poor arriving to pay respect. Pope St John Paul II called him a man of the beatitudes during his beatification in 1990.

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Our Lady of Medjugorje

July 2, 2018 Message to Mirjana

Dear children, I am the mother of all of you and, therefore, do not be afraid because I hear your prayers. I know that you seek me and that is why I am praying to my Son for you, my Son, who is united with the Heavenly Father and the Holy Spirit - the Paraclete - my Son who leads souls to the Kingdom from where He came, the Kingdom of peace and light. My children, you are given the freedom to choose, but, as a mother, I implore you to choose the freedom for the good. You, with pure and simple souls comprehend - even if sometimes you do not understand the words - and within yourselves you feel what the truth is. My children, do not lose the truth and true life so as to follow the false one. By life in truth, the Kingdom of Heaven enters into your hearts, and that is the Kingdom of peace, love and harmony. Then, my children, there will not be the selfishness which distances you from my Son. There will be love and understanding for your neighbors. Because, remember, again I repeat to you, to pray also means to love others, your neighbors, and to give yourself to them. Love and give in my Son, and then He will work in you and for you. My children, ceaselessly think of my Son and love Him immeasurably and you will have true life, and that will be for eternity. Thank you, apostles of my love.

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