When Pier Giorgio was just a child, he answered the door of his home to find a poor mother begging with her little child.  When Pier Giorgio saw that the boy had no shoes, he took off his own and gave them to him.  So began a lifelong love affair with Charity - a virtue which Pier Giorgio incarnated to such an extent that he truly lived for others.

When he was 17 he joined the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, an organization devoted to serving the sick and needy.   He also worked for change in politics also, noting, "Charity is not enough; we need social reform."  He lived his life with the assurance that one person of faith could make a difference in the world.

In our own lives, we, too, can follow the call to charity as put forth in Lumen Gentium, p.40:

"Thus it is evident to everyone that all the faithful of Christ, of whatever rank or status, are called to the fullness of the Christian life and to the perfection of charity; by this holiness, as such, a more human manner of living is promoted in this earthly society.  In order that the faithful may reach this perfection, they must use their strength accordingly as they have received it, as a gift from Christ.  They must follow in His footsteps and conform themselves to His image, seeking the will of the Father in all things.  They must devote themselves with all their being to the glory of God and the service of their neighbor.  In this way, the holiness of the People of God will grow into an abundant harvest of good, as is admirably shown by the life of so many saints in Church history."

Idealistic?  Perhaps, but when the ideals come from God they are completely attainable!  Bl. Pier Giorgio followed his Lord on the path to Charity; so can we...

Bl. Pier Giorgio, pray for us!