Rome Newsroom, Apr 6, 2021 / 05:20 am
To mark the 120th birthday of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati on Tuesday, three Italian associations have encouraged praying the rosary for the intention of the virtue of chastity.
“Taking advantage of this date which allows us to spend some time with Pier Giorgio, to pray with him, we would like to ask him to help and enlighten all young people, all of us, to grow and walk in love, as he walked,” Fr. Paolo Asolan said.
For Pier Giorgio’s birthday, the director of the youth office of the Italian bishops’ conference encouraged Catholics to ask Pier Giorgio for the grace to love with “a love that is one of soul and of body, whose center is the possession and gift of self, in relationship with the Lord and in the happiness of the gift.”
Asolan’s office has joined with two associations dedicated to Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati to publish short meditations for the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, using writings from the 20th-century blessed and from people who knew him. The meditations can be downloaded in four languages, including English.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati was born on April 6, 1901, in Turin, Italy, to a wealthy agnostic family. Early in his life, he found himself drawn to the Catholic faith and to serving Christ in the poor. He was particularly known for his prayer life and his great love of the outdoors. He died from polio on July 4, 1925, at the age of 24.
The associations wrote that they chose chastity as the intention of the rosary because 100 years ago, Bl. Pier Giorgio joined the Confraternity of the Angelic Warfare (the “Angelic Militia”) whose aim “was to provide support in the virtue of chastity, under the patronage of St. Thomas Aquinas and the Blessed Virgin Mary.”
Fr. Asolan said it was right to celebrate the birthday of Pier Giorgio with prayer, “giving him the gift of fulfilling the promise he asked of all his dearest friends: ‘I would like us to all promise a vow that knows neither earthly limits, nor those of time; unity in prayer.’”
“As he himself often proposed to them, our prayer will be a rosary for all young people; asking that the youth be sustained and illumined by the grace of chastity,” Asolan said.