FRASSATI & THE BEATITUDES

"Behold the Man of the Eight Beatitudes"
Photo of St. John Paul II viewing an exhibit of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati

Cardinal Karol Wojtyla (later Pope John Paul II) attended an exhibit in Krakow, Poland on Pier Giorgio Frassati in 1977. Speaking to others he encouraged, "Go look at these photographs. Behold the man of the eight beatitudes who bears in himself the grace of the Gospel, the Good News, the joy of salvation offered to us by Christ..."

Below is an excerpt of Pope John Paul II's Homily from the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati on May 20, 1990:

 

"The power of the Spirit and Truth, united to Christ, made Pier Giorgio a modern witness to the hope which springs from the Gospel and to the grace of salvation which works in human hearts... By his example he proclaims that a life lived in Christ's Spirit - the Spirit of the Beatitudes - is "blessed", and that only ther person who becomes a "man or woman of the Beatitudes" can succeed in communicating love and peace to others. He repeats that it is really worth giving up everything to serve the Lord. He testifies that holiness is possible for everyone, and that only the revolution of charity can enkindle the hope of a better future in the hearts of people." 

Beatification Mass of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
Beatification Mass of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati

Photos from the Beatification Mass of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati on May 20, 1990 at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.

Luciana Frassati, Pier Giorgio's sister, wrote several books about her brother after he passed. One of these books, Man of the Beatitudes, describes in a personal way how her brother lived each Beatitude in his daily life and how all can identify with him today.

The Beatitudes

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed are they who mourn,

     for they will be comforted.

Blessed are the meek,

     for they will inherit the land.

Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness,

     for they will be satisfied.

Blessed are the merciful,

     for they will be shown mercy.

Blessed are the clean of heart,

     for they will see God.

Blessed are the peacemakers,

     for they will be called children of God.

Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of righteousness,

     for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Gospel of Matthew 5: 3-10

Pier Giorgio Frassati and his sister Luciana
Pier Giorgio Frassati and his sister Luciana as young children