Also know as the Man of the Eight Beattitudes, Pier Giorgio Frassati was born in Turin, Italy on Holy Saturday, April 6, 1901. He was born to a wealthy and politically active family. His mother was the painter Adelaide Ametis. His father was an agnostic, and was also the founder of the liberal newspaper called La Stampa. His father was also Italy’s ambassador to Germany and served a term as a senator.
Although Frassati was born into a wealthy family, his father did not waste his money on frivolous things. He was quite a frugal man, spending only on what was needed and not much on what was wanted. Frassati’s father gave him very little spending money, and what was given to him, Frassati usually used for the people in need, or donated it to Catholic foundations.
Giorgio Frassati belonged to many organizations. One of which was called the Dominican Third Order. He joined this order in 1922, and chose the name Girolamo. This name was chosen after his hero, Girola...