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Pier Giorgio Frassati represents so much of what is truly great about being Catholic. So much modern media and cultural discourse seeks to paint Catholics as regressive, out-of-touch or hostile to the world around them. Frassati was a lay Catholic totally immersed in the issues of his day and deeply connected to the needs of real people.

He was also a true son of the Church. He had a deep, deep concern for social justice and a simultaneously deep love for the Magisterium, the sacraments and all that is truly Catholic. You see, we can be both! We can love the poor, concern ourselves with the political and economic issues of our moment in history but also love the Church, her tradition and her authority.

In fact, it’s just possible that the more we do the latter the easier it is to accomplish the former.

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