En Espanol Search

To Go Forth Blog

To Go Forth is a blog of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Department of Justice, Peace and Human Development (JPHD). The blog takes its inspiration from Pope Francis’ challenge to go forth to the “peripheries” to share the Good News and stand in solidarity with those suffering poverty and injustice.

 

A “Revolution of Charity”: What Blessed Frassati Can Teach Us About Working for Peace and Justice

July 2, 2020

724px-PierGiorgioFrassati-Présentation.jpgAmid widespread suffering due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the racial injustice revealed by recent events, Catholics can find inspiration in a young man who lived through similarly troubled times. Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati is known by many Catholics as a fun-loving sportsman and a model for youth, but it is his Christ-centered charity and social activism that serve as a particularly enlightening example as we seek peace and justice in our nation.

Pier Giorgio was born in 1901 in Turin, Italy. Growing up in a wealthy, influential family, his future might have taken a very different course. But Pier Giorgio’s life of charity was ignited by the Eucharist, which he received daily beginning at age twelve. Reception of this sacrament led him to realize that a complete gift of himself to others, especially those in need, was the only appropriate response to Christ’s gift of Himself in the Eucharist. As Pier Giorgio simply explained: “Jesus comes to me every morning in Holy Communion, and I repay Him in my very small way by visiting the poor.”

read entire post >

 

Most Recent Posts:

 

Apr 19, 2019, 12:30 PM
On the morning of the very first Good Friday, I imagine Jesus waking in a jail cell alone. I picture him sitting in the corner, eyes trained at a wall, preparing himself for a death that would come at the hands of the state. Minutes away from…
Apr 6, 2019, 1:00 PM
One of my favorite parts of my job as the Catholic Campaign for Human Development Intern for the Archdiocese of Seattle is the work that I get to do around education and outreach on Catholic social teaching. At the core of Catholic social teaching…
Mar 24, 2019, 12:30 PM
A few years ago, the Archdiocese of Washington invited us to “Walk with Francis” in honor of the pope’s visit to Washington, D.C. This year, Sacred Heart School has been walking with the newly canonized St. Oscar Romero, the…
Mar 19, 2019, 2:20 PM
The Lenten season gives us the opportunity to encounter Christ in the desert. With him, we face the temptation to despair in the face of the world’s deepest needs, to throw up our hands in defeat. But, just as Jesus emerged from the desert…
Mar 8, 2019, 4:39 PM
El mes pasado, más de 550 profesionales del ministerio social, estudiantes y voluntarios parroquiales se reunieron en Washington, D.C., para dejar fluir la justicia y reflexionar sobre cómo llevar el mensaje de restauración y…
Mar 6, 2019, 2:40 PM
Last month, over 550 social ministry professionals, students, and parish volunteers met in Washington, D.C., to let justice flow and reflect on bringing the message of restoration and reconciliation to their communities. The 2019 Catholic Social…
Jan 25, 2019, 3:15 PM
Throughout the month of January, we participate in Poverty Awareness Month and from January 14th through the 22nd we observed the 9 Days for Life Campaign. All Catholics must work together to protect the life and dignity of all persons, at every…
Jan 10, 2019, 8:44 PM
As members of the Body of Christ, we stand with and for our sisters and brothers who have been deeply wounded by clerical sexual abuse. We also know that the clerical abuse crisis has greatly shaken the faith of many in the Church. Throughout the…
Jan 1, 2019, 12:15 PM
"Bringing peace is central to the mission of Christ’s disciples. That peace is offered to all those men and women who long for peace amid the tragedies and violence that mark human history." - Pope Francis, 2019 World Day of Peace…
Dec 20, 2018, 11:27 AM
Faith in the Valley (FITV) is a faith-based grassroots community organization in California’s Central Valley, representing over 100,000 families in Fresno, Kern, Merced, Stanislaus, and San Joaquin Counties. Our work is led by volunteer leaders…

Search the Blog


Subscribe to the Blog

Blog Archive


Blog Home