It was seven years ago today that my good friend Jere Griggs accompanied me to file official paperwork for FrassatiUSA. On December 12, 2006, a ministry dedicated to promoting the spirituality of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati was born!
I've mentioned before that Jere put down the very first $100 to launch FrassatiUSA and was a faithful supporter until his death in October. I'm certain Pier Giorgio was waiting to greet him and thank him not only for helping FrassatiUSA but for his years of service to the poor as a member of our parish St. Vincent de Paul Society. Jere was a man made in Pier Giorgio's mold. I miss him.
In a sense, there is nothing extra special about this seventh anniversary of FrassatiUSA. On the other hand, there is everything special about it. But for the grace of God and the loving intercession of Our Lady of Guadalupe, there is no way it would have lasted seven years. But it has endured against all odds. People from all over the world have come to know Blessed Pier Giorgio through the website, printed materials, Facebook page, Twitter, even this blog. And that alone is worth celebrating. Thank you, Jesus!
I have three constant prayers for Our Lady of Guadalupe as we head into year eight:
1) for the canonization of Pier Giorgio,
2) for the funding to allow the work of this ministry to flourish and bear much fruit, and
3) for another laborer in this little vineyard who is a computer/Quickbooks/social media whiz!
That's not asking too much, is it? :)