What will we be known for? We’ve probably heard the old “What do you want your gravestone to say?”
Aside from today being Independence Day, it’s also the Feast of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, who is known as the Man of the Beatitudes, (now that’s something to be remembered for).
Pier Giorgio is one of my personal favorite (soon-to-be) saints. He lived in Italy in the early 1900s.
He was a man’s man, a saint for our times. He loved sports, art, music, poetry. He played jokes on his friends, always laughing, always smiling.
Pier Giorgio was a tremendous athlete, hiking and climbing mountains with friends. For each trip, he would convince a priest to join them so they could have Mass.
He was also a pool shark. He’d make wagers that if his opponent won, Pier Giorgio would pay them money, and if Frassati won, they’d come to Mass with him. He’d often show up with droves of people to attend Mass.
His family was wealthy and influential, but didn’t always support him in his faith. Pier Giorgio would sneak off in the mornings to attend Mass, give his bus money to the poor, and minister to the sick.
At the age of 24, he contracted polio from one of his frequent visits to families in need.
At his funeral, his family was baffled that so many people showed up. They didn’t know he was supporting all of these families. And, the families in need had no idea who Pier Giorgio was until he died. He never told them his real name.
In 24 years, this young Italian earned the title, the Man of the Beatitudes. How will we be remembered?
Be the Men,