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Wohar has spent extended periods of time in Pollone with members of the Frassati family, including Pier Giorgio’s younger sister and biographer, Luciana. …

Editor’s note: Bl Pier Giorgio Frassati’s feast is on July 4th. The following article is adapted from the upcoming book, Finding Frassati: And Following His Path to Holiness. It is available to pre-order from your local Catholic bookstore or online through Sophia Institute Press.

Pier Giorgio’s Eucharistic Life

Jesus Christ has promised to those who feed themselves with the most Holy Eucharist, eternal life and the necessary graces to obtain it. ~Pier Giorgio Frassati, Letters, 129.

Have you ever attended a Eucharistic Congress? It is a thing of true beauty to attend the closing Mass and see a great procession of bishops, priests, deacons, seminarians, and altar servers making its way through a gathering of thousands of lay faithful — all for Jesus in the Eucharist.

Pier Giorgio made it a point to participate in Eucharistic Con­gresses when possible. On April 2, 1922, he sent a postcard to his mother with just one sentence: “A thousand greetings and kisses from the Eucharistic Congress.” The following year, he rearranged his schedule so that he could attend a Eucharistic Congress in Genoa, where an amazing procession of the Blessed Sacrament took place both on sea and on land. Although these occasional large events filled him with enthusiasm, it was a regular appointment on his calendar that fortified his soul: his daily meeting with Jesus in Holy Communion. …