Most Christian of Companions

Have you ever met anyone who is the life of the party, who has a kind word for all, who is everyone’s best friend? If you have, then you know that these people can get whole crowds to go along with them. Pier Giorgio was a guy like that. And he pulled many people along on his path of love of neighbor and God.

His closest group of friends called themselves the “Shady Characters”. They played practical jokes (such as short-sheeting beds, sending a donkey to a friend who got bad grades etc.), went hiking and skiing, prayed together, and encouraged one another in the daily fight for sanctity.

In billiards sometimes he would place a bet: ‘if you win, I’ll pay you. If I win, you come to Adoration with me.’ Or when they were mountain climbing: ‘I’ll grease your boots (an unpleasant task), if you’ll pray the rosary with me.’

One time, he was skiing with his sister, Luciana, and her friend. Her friend was not a very good skier and frequently fell, but Luciana kept on skiing. Pier Giorgio stayed back with her friend to help her and later scolded his sister for not looking out for her friend.

There is nothing better than having a real friend. Someone you can trust, who says things like they are, who is there for you…Some who challenges you to be better, who knows your weak spots and wants to help you grow. You can be normal around them, just laugh and have fun.

Maybe you don’t have such a magnetic personality as Pier Giorgio did, or maybe you do…but are you a good friend? Do you reach out to others? In which direction do you pull?

Modern society is drowning in the sorrows of human passions and it is distancing itself from every ideal of love and peace. Catholics, we and you, must bring the breath of goodness that can only spring from faith in Christ.” -Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati, A Letter to Catholic Action Youth