School of the Beatitudes
“The Beatitudes respond to the desire for happiness that God has placed in the human heart.” (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1725) The word beatitude means happiness, and by giving us the beatitudes, Jesus was responding to the deepest desire of the human heart—the desire to attain everlasting happiness. Attaining the happiness that God intends for us can be very difficult in a fallen world, where many things can appear to be sources of happiness but actually are not. True happiness is found only when we act in accord with our God-given human nature; in other words, we are happy when we are doing what we were created to do. “The Beatitudes are the paradoxical promises that sustain hope,” helping us to navigate through the sufferings of this life and to entrust our happiness to God rather than try to create it ourselves on our own terms. (Catechism of the Catholic Church 1717) The goal of Frassati Catholic High School is for every person involved with the high school—faculty, staff, parents, students, benefactors, and friends— to know the happiness for which God has created them.
Beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1990, who gave him the unique title Man of the Beatitudes, Pier Giorgio illumines for us the way of beatitude, that is, the way of true happiness. His life shows that happiness does not depend on the absence of trials, as he was able to be joyful even in the midst of tremendous suffering. His life eloquently teaches the wisdom of the beatitudes: that happiness does not depend upon wealth, fame, success, or even health but only in receiving God’s love and then pouring out that divine love in concrete ways.
Pure of heart and ardent in charity, Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati learned to see reality—to see the human person and the world as they truly are. That is to say, to see the world as God sees it. Such sight, such wisdom, is the ultimate purpose of Catholic education. It is attainable by prayer and study through the lens of the Beatitudes: both in the classroom through the intellectual pursuit truth in all its dimensions as well as outside of the classroom through the service learning program, athletics, and other extracurricular activities.