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By Christine Wohar, Catholic Exchange, Aug. 2, 2021

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

When the maid screamed, it only took seconds for 23-year-old Pier Giorgio Frassati to come to her defense. He quickly discovered that a group of Fascists had forced their way into the house to vandalize it. While some started to break furniture, another attempted to cut the telephone wires. “I threw myself at that scoundrel shouting ‘rascals, cowards, assassins,’ and delivered a punch,” wrote Pier Giorgio, who moments before had been enjoying a quiet meal with his mother.

Not only did his courage enable him to single-handedly chase away the home invaders that day, but his example enables us to cast off today’s sometimes distorted notion of holiness. There is a time for turning the other cheek and a time for standing your ground. The future “Blessed” Frassati understood and did both at a time when the culture was similarly toxic and intent on stripping away the masculinity of Catholic men.

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