Pier Giorgio and His Greatest Love

We could, with all accuracy, say that Pier Giorgio was profoundly Eucharistic. What does that mean?

It means that Pier Giorgio found his strength, comfort, energy and Christ-like love IN the EUCHARIST. It was the center of his life! Where else could he get the strength to live such intense faith and joy in a family that was "cold" towards spiritual things? His heroic virtues, the way he lived out the beatitudes, his life spent for the poor were not just characteristics of a great guy, they were a result of His love and reception of the Holy Eucharist. Since the Eucharist is Jesus, it is the center of every saint’s life (for example: “The Holy Mass is the absolute center of my life and of each day of my life.” St. John Paul II). And it should be the center of every Christian’s life.

Honestly, it is common sense (which ironically is the least common of all senses)…In the Last Supper, Jesus left us a gift of Divine Love. He didn’t just ascend into heaven and leave us here to fend for ourselves. Instead, he gave himself to us in radical way. There, in Communion and in Adoration, he awaits us—with graces galore, a joy that is a foretaste of heaven, and an intimacy with him that is unimaginable.

Pier Giorgio used to hike up a mountain in the dark (on foot it can easily take 3 hours, he did it in 45 minutes) to get to Mass on the sly. He spent whole nights in adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. From the time he was 12, when he started at a Jesuit school, he received Communion every single day.…which at that time you could only do with permission from your spiritual director.  And when he went on hikes or trips with friends, he made a point to find Mass and receive Communion—whether he had to bring a priest with them, or search for the nearest church, or fast while others ate, or even forgo the trip in order to receive Jesus.

These are a few of his own words about the Eucharist in a speech to the Catholic Youth of Pollone:

“Feed on this bread of angels and from it you will gain the strength to fight your inner battle, the battle against passion and all adversities, because Jesus Christ has promised to those who feed on the Holy Eucharist eternal life and the graces necessary to obtain it. And when you are totally consumed by this Eucharistic fire, then you will be able more consciously to thank God who has called you to become part of that multitude and you will enjoy the peace that those who are happy in accordance with this world have never experienced, because true happiness does not consist in the pleasures of the world or in earthly things, but in peace of conscience, which we only have if we are pure in heart and mind.”