Sunday, July 4, 2021
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati loved to climb mountains. He served the poor with the same enthusiasm which he participated in this athletic activity. He contracted poliomyelitis, which is related to polio, in 1925 at age 24. Doctors speculated that he caught the disease from the poor he loved to serve. He died within a week of his diagnosis.
The phrase “verso l’alto” is often associated with Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati. It means “to the heights”. It refers to the desire to reach the summit of eternal life. He is called “Man of the Eight Beatitudes” because of his holiness.
Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati’s feast day is July 4. He is the patron of students, young Catholics and youth groups, and mountaineers.