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Why St. John Paul II believed Frassati was the “man of our century”

Pier Giorgio Frassati

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Philip Kosloski - published on 07/04/22

St. John Paul II pointed to Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati as the "man of our century" for the depth of his love and charity towards others.

While Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati is often referred to as the “Man of the Beatitudes,” St. John Paul II also named him the “man of our century.”

He spoke these words at the beatification of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati on May 20, 1990.

He is the “interior” man loved by the Father, because he loved much! He is also the man of our century, the modern man, the man who loved so much! Isn’t love the most necessary thing in our 20th century, at its beginning as well as at its end? Isn’t it true that only this remains, without ever losing its validity: the fact that he “loved”?

St. John Paul II was referring to the 20th century, which was a century marked by many wars and death. Frassati’s example of selfless love of other people, especially the poor and most vulnerable, was a beacon of light in the midst of the darkness.

Furthermore, “[Frassati] testifies that holiness is possible for everyone and that only the revolution of charity can kindle the hope of a better future in the hearts of men.

Frassati’s example remains potent in the 21st century and his intercession is repeatedly invoked by young and old alike.

A “revolution of charity” is still needed and Frassti can remain the “man of our century.”

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