Blessed Pier Frassati was adventurer and man of virtue

| October 27, 2011 | 0 Comments
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Thomas Schulzetenberg, right, and now-Father Andrew Liaugminas stand with Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati’s pickaxe. Inset: Blessed Frassati with the pick axe. Photo courtesy of Thomas Schulzetenberg

One particular saint that I continue to be inspired by is Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. During my study-abroad in Rome, I had the opportunity to visit the office for his cause for canonization with my friend, (now) Father Andrew Liaugminas. Andrew and I took a picture holding his pickaxe, the very one he was holding in his iconic pose standing on top of La Lunelle Mountain a few months before he died.

Although he died at the young age of 24, he lived life to the fullest, a life completely for God. He had a great faith that was manifested in his generosity for the poor, often giving away his train fare or even the sweater or coat he was wearing. He was also an avid mountain climber, and a favorite saying of his was “Verso l’alto,” which means, “Go to the heights.” This sentiment captured his sense of always seeking the greatest good in life, so to become a man of virtue, united with God. Because he was known for his adventurous and jovial disposition, he has become an example for young Catholics to follow Christ.

Since that encounter in Rome, I have come to know Blessed Pier Giorgio more and more, asking for his intercession as I strive to be a man of virtue, always looking up toward God.

Thomas Schulzetenberg
Administrative chancellor, Archdiocese of St. Paul-Minneapolis

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