Blessed Pier Giorgio is an inspiration for me because he showed that even a saintly life is open to lay people. His exuberance for life, his vivacious personality and his robust knightly defense of the faith brought a great light, hope and encouragement to people of his day and continue to do so today. Yet his heroic care for the poor and the sick is his greatest legacy. He showed us that even though acts of kindness and mercy may seemingly go unnoticed, they are in fact greatly appreciated and never forgotten. At his funeral many of his contemporaries were amazed at the huge attendance of unknown people, that he had helped, who came to say farewell. His life was a beacon of light that shone brilliantly for not only his family and friends but also for the poor and the sick who felt abandoned by society.