A friend in my morning prayer group recently brought me a "tinysaint" Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati. (Thanks, Lis!) She said she purchased it at our local Catholic bookstore. Over the years, I have seen many items attempting to depict Blessed Frassati but this was the tiniest of all! :)
Description: I'm not sure what you call this sort of thing so I'll call it a backpack charm. It's lightweight -- less than one ounce. Total size (including the keychain clasp) is approximately 1/2 " wide by 2" tall and about 1/4" thick. The little guy is carrying a pickaxe in one hand and has a tiny pipe in his mouth. His brown pants and blue shirt are similar to the actual outfit worn by Blessed Frassati on one of his climbs and seen in the photo used for his beatification. The front of the product card has the company logo on top and "Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati pray for us" on the bottom. The back of the product card has a one-paragraph biography. The back of the actual tiny saint is black and has the words "Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati pray for us" in white lettering.
What I like: It's cute and when I first saw it, I could see Blessed Pier Giorgio in it. That's very subjective! What I mean is, I knew immediately who it was without having to read the card. A lot of times, I see things that look nothing at all like Blessed Frassati. This is a clever item for kids to have and a great way to introduce them to saints. This product uses correctly his name: "Bl. Pier Giorgio Frassati." (Any product that shortens his name incorrectly to Bl. Pier will never get more than one cappuccino, if any!) I liked it enough to put it on my keyring and it makes me smile when I see it. It's light and rubbery so I don't think it will break.
What I don't like: The little biography uses the word "activist" in its description of Blessed Pier Giorgio. It's not technically wrong to say that -- but it connotes something other than what he was really about. Also, being that kids would be a prime target audience for this item, I would have preferred it to say something about his devotion to the Eucharist and the Blessed Mother -- the foundations of his spirituality which enabled him to be socially active. The card probably just gets thrown away so this isn't a big deal.
I also don't like that his name is divided with "Bl. Pier" on one line and "Giorgio Frassati" on the next line. I realize that the item is so tiny that it cannot be helped. But there are so many people who mistakenly call him Blessed Pier and I wouldn't want to give them the wrong idea. They maybe could have spelled out "Blessed" and squeezed "Pier Giorgio" on a separate line. Maybe not. Just please don't make the mistake of calling him Blessed Pier.
RATING: (See below for rating scale.)
Note: I originally gave this item four cappuccinos because I wasn't sure how it would hold up. But after a year, it's still as good as new and I've ordered a variety of other tiny saints for both kids and adults. Everyone loves them. Great product!
Where to buy it: The website is shoptinysaints.com. Here's the link: http://shoptinysaints.com/collections/saints/products/blessed-pier-giorgio-frassati. They are $5.00 each, but shipping isn't much and the site runs occasional sales. There are a lot of other cute tiny saints to choose from!
Posted January 16, 2015
Updated February 26, 2016
Various products featuring some sort of representation of Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati are appearing more frequently on the internet. The reviews on this page are unsolicited and FrassatiUSA is not compensated in any way for featuring these products. The opinions on this page are solely those of Christine M. Wohar, founder and executive director of FrassatiUSA, who uses a rating scale of one to five cappuccinos:
Love it as much as cappuccino and ciambella in Bar 67 in Trastevere!
Well done! If it came with ciambella, it would be perfect!
Pretty good. With practice, you could be a barista in Italy!
So so - but at least put a heart on top to make me think I'm drinking cappuccino!
Unfortunately, not everyone that sells cappuccino knows how to make cappuccino.
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