“In this trying time that our country is going through we Catholics and especially we students, have a serious duty to fulfill: our self-formation. […]
We, who by the grace of God are Catholics… must steel ourselves for the battle we shall certainly have to fight to fulfill our program and give our country, in the not too distant future, happier days and a morally healthy society, but to achieve this we need constant prayer to obtain from God that grace without which all our efforts are useless; organization and discipline to be ready for action at the right time; and finally, the sacrifice of our passion and of ourselves, because without that we cannot achieve our aim.”

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, Turin, Italy, 1922

The Catholic social Network XT3 writes, “On 4 July, we celebrate the feast day of one of the official intercessors for World Youth Day 2013 in Rio. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was a vibrant young outdoorsman who combined a deep love for Christ, a desire to serve the needy, and a mission to imbue society and politics with Christian ideals. He died after an acute attack of poliomyelitis on July 4, 1925, at the age of 24. In his short life, he touched the lives of so many people through his volunteer work with St. Vincent de Paul.

Visit this article to read more about the life of this extraordinary young man. Let us turn to Blessed Pier Giorgio as we approach this final year before the 2013 World Youth Day in Rio de Janeiro!

Lead me to make choices in life that give preference to serve and love God and my neighbors! Amen.

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