Catholic Review of: Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati
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By Brandon Vogt (FL) - See all my reviews
An excellent addition to any saint library
In many ways this book is similar to A Man of the Beatitudes, which is my favorite biography of Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassait. This one covers many of the same themes. However, it does differ by being more detached (it's not written by someone as close as his sister, Luciana) and it devotes an entire chapter to one little-discussed aspect of Pier Giorgio's life: his secret, suppressed love for a young girl.
During one of his regular mountain climbs, Pier Giorgio fell head over heels for a fellow-hiker named Laura. His journals and letters reveal just how instantly and deeply in love with her he was, and it wasn't long befroe he decided that that he wanted to spend the rest of his life with her.
But he knew his parents wouldn't approve. Laura wasn't part of the upper class, and she was a Catholic activist, both strikes against her in the eyes of his parents. Pier Giorgio knew this would cause serious problems within his family, and since his relationship with his parents was already tumultuous, he never once revealed to them his secret love. He gave it up quietly, quitting his pursuit out of honor for his parents. For better or worse, right or wrong, the episode puts Pier Giorgio's utter selflessness on full display.
This book has the fullest treatment of this whole episode, more than any other Pier Giorgio book I've read. It shows Pier Giorgio's selflessness and obedeience to his parents, even though he knew it would cause him great pain, even though he knew how crushed he would be. Yet he still took the humble route of dying to his own desires.